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One crazy, stormy night in 2012, relentless winds tore through California’s Kings Canyon National Park, battering trees throughout the forest. When the sun rose the next morning, park rangers discovered a dramatic difference.

Among the damage, a 1,500-year-old Giant Sequoia had come crashing down to earth.

A majestic tree — one of the tallest and oldest on earth — it had been protected since 1890. And normally would have been left to decay naturally in the forest. But the 300-foot monument had landed in a popular campground just outside the park, posing a hazard to campers.

The felled Sequoia had to be removed with care and expertise — leaving zero evidence of the event.

A massive undertaking, GL Veneer was able to meticulously harvest more than 70% of the Giant Sequoia for useful purposes, giving most of the amazing tree a second life.

But not without some head-scratching challenges.

Since it hadn’t been done in decades, slicing the precious wood defied conventional methods. There was literally no one still alive who had actually done it. But after exhaustive research, we held our collective breath and attempted a rare “dryslice” approach. It worked beautifully.

In all, GL preserved over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of material, maximizing the yield of this once-in-a-lifetime treasure for a worthy project.