Redwood Reborn as Benches

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Redwood Reborn as Benches


For 55 years trains sped across part of the Great Salt Lake on a 12-mile-long trestle called the Lucin Cut-off It was a timesaving addition to the Transcontinental Railroad. Construction began in 1901 and took three years, 3,000 men, and more than 30 million board feet of virgin redwood and Douglas fir to complete. Unused since 1959, the trestle began to be dismantled in 1993.

Salt Lake City builders Paula and Gary Evershed purchased the salvaged redwood, remilled it, and turned it into a line of outdoor furniture called Trestlewood. The benches, chairs, and tables have the clarity, tight grain, and rich color of old-growth redwood. And each of the pieces includes at least one original spike hole.

Prices are $395 (bench), $295 (chair), and $195 (table). The furniture comes sanded but requires some assembly. To order, call Northwest's Best at (800) 6923781. To visit the Trestlewood Furniture Web site, go to http://www.trestlewood.com.

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