Live Edge Slabs Now Available

Locally sourced live edge slabs are great for all your home projects…

It’s official: We’re now in the business of selling live edge slabs! Throughout our years of arborist work, we’ve amassed a fine collection of logs—maple, walnut, cherry, birch and more—that are now slabs, ready for your home improvement project. Whether you’re looking for a bar top, mantle, table or shelves, we’ve got something beautiful to cover your needs. And keep checking back with us; the tree business ensures we will never run out of wood.

For a look at our full inventory of live edge slabs, go to www.sandcreekslabs.com. You’ll find stuff that’s ready to sell now, along with slabs that are currently drying and will be ready soon.

Sand Creek Slabs is a natural outgrowth of our arborist business. When sought-after lumber like maple, walnut, Doug fir, and cherry started filling the log yard, we knew we couldn’t turn it into firewood or hobby mill with our chainsaws any longer. It was time to do right by these stately trees. We bought a Norwood sawmill, followed by a dedicated slabber for larger logs, and now we have a slab flattener in our arsenal, too.

We usually let a log rest for a few months before milling it into slabs. The slabs are then stickered, stacked, and air-dried outside for several years. It typically takes one year of air drying per inch of slab thickness. After wood moisture has reached an acceptable equilibrium outside, we place the slabs in a solar-powered kiln for up to six weeks during the drying season to gently finish them off with heat and air flow. The solar kiln does its work during the day and cools off at night, giving the wood an opportunity to rest. This helps prevent checking and warping while preserving the rich colors of the grain. Most slabs end up in the 8-to-12-percent moisture content range at the end of the process.

Now we have a plethora of beautiful pieces, ready for whatever creative project you have in mind. Call or visit our slab website today.

FREE Wood Chips and Logs!

Want wood chips or logs? We’ve got you covered…

Hey Sandpoint-area property owners! We’ve got an offer for you: free wood chips and logs! If your property is conveniently located and trailer accessible, delivery of chips and logs is free of charge. Loads vary by size and content, so we will contact you ahead of time to see if our offerings meet your needs. In the meantime, call us if you’re interested in getting added to our list. We’ll need an address and a good number at which to reach you.

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Wood chips are a great help in the garden.

Of course, a load of logs is a great way to jumpstart your firewood collection for the year. And you can’t beat free delivery. As far as wood chips go, they’ve got multiple applications: mulching, composting, creating pathways, use as animal bedding, erosion control, padding under playground equipment, and more. If you have questions about using wood chips as mulch (because it is a complicated subject), this site is a great place to start.

Sharing the byproducts of our work—both logs and chips—is a win-win situation. You help us by providing a drop site for material that needs a home, and we help you with your homesteading efforts. Give Jen a call today at 208-920-3564 and get on our list for the coming season. We’ll have a bounty of logs and wood chips before you know it.

Also, share this information with your friends. We have plenty of material to go around.

Sometimes we can accommodate preferences related to specific tree species and size, but the less picky you are, the more likely you are to receive deliveries from us. We’ll do our best to work together to make everyone happy.

Random Musings from The Lumberjill

In case you were wondering what goes on in a female arborist’s head…

The Lumberjill

Once upon a time, I was not a Lumberjill, but a writer. I was poor but creatively fulfilled and somewhat prolific. I wrote a lot. Now, with a thriving business and family, I rarely have time to pick up the proverbial pen. But the folks at the Sandpoint Reader give me reason to, holding space for a regular column called “The Lumberjill.”

It turns out that, during long days feeding the chipper and moving logs, many thoughts move through my brain. It’s fun to have an outlet for those musings. It’s fun to be The Lumberjill.

The column won’t help you diagnose tree health issues or assess hazard trees. Sorry. It’s not that kind of writing. (Call us if you need help with any of that stuff.) Instead, it’s a look into my stream-of-arborist-consciousness as it relates to gender issues, work-life balance, family dynamics, shifting life goals, the highs and lows of service sector work, and more. It’s the world as seen through the lens of Bugz. My Bugz, specifically.

The Lumberjill is in no way required reading, but if you’ve got time to kill—perhaps while waiting for your busy local arborist to show up and provide an estimate—head on over to the Sandpoint Reader and have a look around. I’m certainly not the only columnist worth reading there. But if you feel like checking out The Lumberjill’s musings, I’d be happy to hear what you think.

Hooray! A Bucket Truck!

A bucket truck joins our fleet to better serve your needs…

Though the 2020 season is just drawing to a close, we find ourselves looking ahead to next year and how we might better serve our clients. A bucket truck seems just the thing to handle a diversity of tree needs. From the removal of beetle-killed Doug firs too dangerous to climb, to unruly cherry trees in need of top-down attention, our new acquisition has you covered.

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New to our fleet: a bucket truck.

Sand Creek Tree Service’s new bucket truck features a 75-foot working height elevator bucket, getting us within range of most of the cuts we’ll need to make. The truck also features a chip box with a dump feature, so once your limbs or trees are reduced to wood chips, we can deposit them wherever needed.

We anticipate that the bucket truck will make our work easier and allow us to tackle a greater diversity of jobs in a more efficient manner. However, this doesn’t mean we’ve hung up our harnesses just yet. A truck can’t get to every tree in the forest. If you have an inaccessible tree, don’t hesitate to call. We’re still ready with ropes and spurs to do what needs to be done.

We at Sand Creek Tree Service are so grateful to our community for choosing us year after year to tackle your tree needs. We wouldn’t be where we are today—a thriving business and a happy family—without your faith in us. Thank you, Bonner County. We plan to do right by your support for many, many years to come.

A Stump Removal Recommendation

Stump removal isn’t one of our offerings, but we have a suggestion…

Occasionally, we are asked about stump removal by our clients. Unfortunately, we don’t own a stump grinder. However, we know a guy. And we highly recommend him.

Nathan Baker is the owner of Seven Bakers (7B) Stump Removal, a Sandpoint-based business. He is reliable, fair, responsible, and efficient. He’s also an all-around good guy. You can’t go wrong by calling him. Nathan was our first employee when he moved here six years ago, and we’re happy to see him thriving.

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One added bonus of going with Nathan is that his stump grinder is more compact and portable than most, allowing him to work in tight spaces and unconventional settings, including around irrigation lines, landscaping, and structures.

Our typical approach to a stump is to cut it nearly flush with the ground. If the tree in question is far from the house, this usually suffices. Another approach is to leave the stump high as a pedestal for a flowerpot or birdbath. Sometimes, though, clients want to landscape over the area where the tree once stood. In that instance, stump grinding is the correct approach.

We recommend Seven Bakers to all of our clients. To contact Nathan, go to 7BStumps.com, email 7BStumps@gmail.com, or call 406-550-3653.

And, of course, for all your other tree-related needs, we’re happy to help.