Some of this redwood is from a local salvage yard and some of it I salvaged myself on a renovation in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood. The house was built in the early 70's, when apparently old-growth redwood was still being used architecturally. Being from the East Coast, everything about the redwoods was a surprise to me, and nothing more so than the practice of cutting up thousand year-old trees for 2x4s. And to top it off this particular piece was hidden underneath 4 shades of lead-based paint. Doing what I do, my eco high ground is shaky, but painting over that grain should be a crime.