Burnt Bridge Cellars Restoration Juniper Bar
Location1500 Broadway Vancouver, WA
When the time was ripe for vintners David Smith and Mark Mahan to choose the feature that would most define their winery's new tasting room, project designer Chuck Dougherty suggested a field trip to the Sustainable Northwest Wood warehouse in Southeast Portland.
Sustainable Northwest Wood works exclusively with local, sustainably harvested or restorative woods, and Dougherty knew he and his clients would find the special piece that would complete the look for Burnt Bridge Cellars.
The fruit of their search was an immense, 14-foot-long slab of Western Juniper with beautiful warm tones and a long, sinuous double live edge. The juniper's origins appealed to the wine makers: Like their wines, the juniper offers a connection to our bioregion and a distinct sense of place.
Juniper is a native species east of the Cascades, but after decades of human interference in the natural fire cycle, its population has boomed uncontrollably. Today, juniper's expansion presents a threat to the many species that depend on the open grasslands of the high desert, including the Sage Grouse. Conservationists and ranchers alike support its respectful removal and the restoration of the grasslands upon which the rich biodiversity of the high desert depends.
Sustainable Northwest Wood partners with small mills to make the durable, beautiful wood available to growing green building markets while providing jobs and conservation-based economic development in depressed rural communities.