Sustainability should not just be a buzz word, rather it should be a conscious part of the use of any potentially renewable natural resource. To ensure that our lumber is harvested in an environmentally sustainable way, I work with suppliers of the highest caliber who are able to oversee each step in the harvest, from lumbering to milling and drying. When at all feasible I work with locally grown and harvested lumber to help reduce the impact of shipping as well.
The United States and many of the lumber producing countries of the world have passed and implemented very strict laws regarding the harvesting, importing and exporting of forest products. Here in the United States we are working to develop processes to certify domestic lumber production that is handled in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is one organization that is operating a certification process for domestic forest products. If you are interested in learning more about the certification process visit www.fsc.org, there you will find a great deal of useful and interesting information.
I work in both solid wood and veneer because I love the flexibility this approach can provide. Some designs just plain require a solid wood approach in order to make the piece work! Historically the Arts and Crafts and Mission style furniture are styles that made this approach paramount to their success. There is something very special about touching wood! I think it is a very basic human need to be able to connect with our environment and wood seems to be an ideal means of satisfying that desire.