Rise of the Fallen

Reclaimed wood from the Saskatchewan prairies.

I read a book once called ‘The Golden Spruce’ by John Vaillant which is a true (and tragic) story about an extremely rare spruce tree with golden needles that grew in the Haida Gwaii archipelago. This book, packed with natural and human history, contained not only a story about this unique spruce tree’s biology, cultural symbolism, and heartbreaking end, but also shed light on the history of the North American logging industry in the west. It’s hard to fathom just how much old-growth forests humans have, and continue to, consume. Something I never gave any deep thought into until I read this book. It really added to the foundation of my reclaimed wood business model. Trees and their products are so interwoven into human lives. From air, to shelter, to furniture, to food, to art- its obvious they are something we depend on constantly, but take for granted just as much. I personally think it’s important to have a base knowledge of where it comes from and what it costs on more than just a financial scale. I think it would encourage us to consume more mindfully. I strongly encourage every North American to read this book (instead of reading my haphazard rant)– it’s extremely well written, short, and a powerful story about conservation and consequences.