Making wood furniture starts in the forest —where trees grow. I get lumber from my own carefully managed forest or salvaged trees nearby. Ironically, some of the most interesting looking boards come from trees that would be spurned by a lumberyard due to their irregularities (it’s often that way with people, too). Others come down in storms. With careful work, these can become beautiful furniture.
When I harvest my own trees Dora helps me drag them home. It’s fun, it’s quiet, it’s great exercise—and she leaves hoof prints not carbon footprints.