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The journey of this particular Gigantia Dendrum Sequoia began in 1964 when a snow and wind storm knocked down the 2700 year old, 282 foot tall tree on University of California land. In 1975 UC put the tree up for public auction and two men from Santa Cruz, California competed in the bidding.


The two men bid against many big, well known lumber companies. The big companies wanted to cut down 400 fir trees around the Sequoia. The two Santa Cruz men proposed an ingenious plan in which they would not touch anything within 20 feet of the big tree, and would leave the land in its natural state. Their proposal won, and so the adventure began for the two men and the tree...
They pitched a tent at 10,000 feet in the Whitaker forest and worked from first light until after sundown every day over two grueling seasons. They chopped the colossal 282ft tall, 27ft diameter, 85ft circumference tree into blocks small enough to manage and transport. Because the wood was still wet when harvested, each 4ft x 4ft x 10ft block weighted about 10,000 lbs. The entire tree was transported using an old Navy winch bolted to a 200 ton boulder and one old truck for hauling.


This tree has a special energy to it. Since it began growing in 700B.C. is rare and especially beautiful when finished, the wood has been used exclusively for special works of art, pieces that will be passed down for generations to come...it has become big dinning tables, massive front doors, a few yacht interiors, fine art jewelry, collector surfboards and beautiful sculptures both big and small.
Al Merrick board
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Dick Brewer Board
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Kelly Slater board
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