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New Advertiser Crimson Park Design Selling Furniture Made from Local Trees

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On January 20, 2012. a major wind and ice storm swept the Northwest and downed a large number of trees, power lines, etc.

A few of the trees gave way to the weight of ice and force of wind here in Burien.

New BTB Advertiser Crimson Park Design used this tragedy for good in creating its first furniture series, “Series 1, Back From Nature.”

A couple of trees came down in the yard of Maureen Hoffmann, local graphic designer living on Maplewild Ave SW. One of the trees is Cypress. The other is a decorative tree with very dense wood, and an orange-pink hue, Stewartia Koreana (read The B-Town Blog story here).


Stewartia Koreana falling.


Stewartia Koreana fallen.


Cypress log, pre-pirate!!


Cypress log, pre-pirate!!


Cypress Log ready for the mill, post-pirate.

Across the street from our home at the West end of Gregory Heights is a wooded lot. On the lot sits the house of a friend, which is the second home built by Mr. Gregory himself, which overlooks Puget Sound. After the storm we were talking with our friend about taking the logs from Maplewild to a mill and he mentioned that he had some Black Locust that we could have. A tree was also being taken down because of the storm by Seattle City Light a few houses away. Inspired by our mission to use these trees for a higher purpose, our friend asked if we could have the logs. The workers agree and we found that we had a mixture of Madrone and Spalted Maple. We decided to leave the Madrone for firewood, as the pieces were too small. The Spalted Maple was beautiful, and the cut pieces were large enough to use as rounds!!

We took the wood to a mill near Puyallup to be kiln-dried and milled. We discussed which cuts would work best with each log with the millwright, then left it all in his capable hands. The process takes time, which allowed us time to figure out designs and talk with a local metal smith about fabricating the metal parts for the furniture.

We are pleased to share these benches and tables created from Burien logs with you, and want people from the neighborhood to have first dibs in purchasing locally sourced and created pieces. The best part of buying this locally is that we can deliver straight to your door at no cost!!


Floating Cypress


Floating Cypress Spalted Maple Coffee Table (available in Cypress and as a side table).


Black Locust/Steel Benches


Stewartia and Steel Benches

Crimson Park Design is an interior design/build partnership based in Burien. We are passionate about design and how it impacts our lives in subtle and, not-so-subtle, ways. We believe in building furniture and interiors using sustainably-sourced materials. We have worked in interiors for over a decade in a variety of modes.

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4 Responses to “New Advertiser Crimson Park Design Selling Furniture Made from Local Trees”
  1. My dear Stewartia polished up smooth as silk! Incredibly hard and fine grain. A very lovely wood. I never would have imagined that when it was growing in my yard. It was a grand tree.

  2. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Now we know what happened at Cedarhurst! Just Kidding.

    • May says:

      I am thinking and asking myself-where are the other trees, especially the 150 year old. Does anyone know where it went?

      • May, on Monday the 8th when I checked it out it was still there and will probably stay and rot away for future generations of trees. As I see it the only realistic way to get it out is by helicopter.

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