When we show people our furniture or share pictures of our wood, the conversation often goes something like this:
Wow, look at those colors!
They’re amazing right? It’s those blues, oranges, and greens that inspired the name SapphirePine, and which make us geek out every day we’re working with this wood.
But are they natural?
How does the wood get that way?
The pines we’re building with come from Sierra Nevada forests. California’s historic drought left the thirsty trees vulnerable to a tiny mountain beetle. This little bugger and a fungus that travels with it have killed 100 million trees in the Golden State.
When a tree dies, the beetles vacate, leaving behind a durable wood now imbued—thanks to the fungus—with the stunning colors and patterns that make our SapphirePine products uniquely beautiful.
But is anything left behind in the wood?
The drying process essentially sets the colors, killing off the fungus and any remaining larvae.
That leaves us with solid, clean, brilliantly marbled wood to transform into lovely pieces for you to enjoy in your home for decades to come.
And that’s how SapphirePine gets its gorgeous highlights.
We can talk about these colors pretty much forever, so please don’t hesitate to drop us a line with any questions about our SapphirePine wood. We’d love to hear from you!