It’s All About Juniper
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I have milled thousands of logs into hundreds of thousands of sticks. Juniper is still an enigma. I believe in its opportunity and its beauty. I struggle to realize the market potential and efficient production of juniper lumber. Removing juniper is a distinct benefit to the landscape of Eastern Oregon. Finished juniper products are beautiful. Making a business of milling juniper lumber is rare. Several companies have tried working with juniper. Most have gone under. It takes a special skill-set to make juniper “work.” I am proud to be one of the few sawmills focusing on juniper. I hope I am a pioneer that can survive. Even with the mountain of juniper lumber I have created, juniper is still a challenge and perhaps an opportunity.
A critical understanding is that I do not mill “old-growth” juniper. The logs I utilize for making juniper lumber are the invasive juniper trees that degrade our grasslands and watersheds. The old-growth trees are sometimes used by artistic craftsmen. Those trees are harvested on a very select basis. The trees I purchase and mill are harvested by commercial loggers during forest and watershed improvement or restoration efforts. I purchase logs by the truck-load. Juniper is a native tree. I do not push to eradicate juniper trees. The issue is the negative effect the juniper population explosion is having on our landscape. I turn invasive juniper into beautiful lumber.