TerraMai provides clean, sustainable materials that offset the need for new wood products from harvested living trees. We search the world over for reclaim opportunities. We do this with an eye for quantity and longevity of supply. Here’s a summary of our sourcing types:
Post-Consumer Reclaimed – This is wood has had a life as old structures such as old buildings, bridges, tanks (like wine or olive), fencing, shipping dunnage, bleacher seating, and other structures. Often this source is what first comes to mind when one thinks of reclaimed wood.
Post-Industrial Reclaimed – An enormous amount of scrap wood is created during the production of wood products such as furniture, culinary items (think cutting boards, bowls, etc.) and construction. We seek out these valuable waste streams and find ways to repurpose the material. By doing this TerraMai diverts this material from the landfill.
Water Reclaimed – Decades ago, huge, ancient forests in South America and Africa were flooded to create reservoirs for water storage and power generation. Under the surface of those reservoirs lie an abundance of useful tropical wood. Tropical woods are valued for their looks, strength and durability but can come with a dark side. Many are illegally harvested, thus endangering rainforest habitat. Bringing the submerged giants to the surface is supported by and done in collaboration with the local community. Removing the submerged wood also eliminates a dangerous water hazard for the locals that use the lakes. Water reclaimed is an ecologically friendly alternative to obtaining tropical woods in which no living trees are cut.
Orchard Salvage – This wood comes from aging orchard trees that have declined in production after many decades of harvests. The aging trees are culled and replaced. TerraMai works to foster strong markets for the culled wood rather than have this valuable resource be used as firewood or be landfilled. The wood yielded from the culled orchard trees is of exceptional quality and beauty.
Forest Floor Salvage – Smaller diameter trees can be deemed unworthy in the timber cutting process and are left behind. Typically, this rejected wood is chipped into mulch. TerraMai works with partners to reclaim this discarded wood. With some extra effort, it becomes a useful product able to live up to its full potential rather than relegated to the wood chipper.
All of TerraMai’s post-consumer reclaimed products are FSC® certified (SCS-COC-001014). Many of TerraMai’s products contribute toward various LEED credits. Whenever possible, the woods we reclaim are remilled as close to the source as possible, both domestically and overseas. This enables TerraMai to reduce shipping and supply LEED-eligible regional wood products.
This practice also allows TerraMai to take advantage of local and regional knowledge and expertise and to support local communities both in the U.S. and overseas. The overseas transport of wood products by container ship is many hundreds of times more energy-efficient than the transportation of material overland by truck.
TerraMai only works with overseas operations that meet our high standards for workplace conditions and technical excellence. TerraMai personally inspects all overseas facilities we work with to ensure quality and workplace standards.
The world of reclaimed wood continues to evolve and is never boring. There are unique challenges when working with reclaimed materials but TerraMai loves the challenge and sets the bar high to ensure high-quality, beautiful reclaimed wood materials that meet all your needs. We’ve been doing it for over 20 years and appreciate our role with the design community to place natural, reclaimed and repurposed materials into spaces that not only look great but just feel good.