Certified Deconstruction Company &
Salvaged Old Growth Lumber Sales


Portland, Ore.


Good Wood is a deconstruction & salvage company located in Portland, Oregon. We provide deconstruction services for residential buildings and offer an affordable option for salvaged old-growth lumber. 


Good Wood contractors were trained and certified by Earth Advantage on behalf of the city of Portland, Oregon. Following the guidelines set forth in the deconstruction ordinance, our knowledgable team will transform your unwanted structure into a cleared, clean, build-able lot. We guarantee safe, effective and efficient work. 

The uptick in residential and commercial development in Portland, Oregon has simultaneously led to an increase in the demolition of our older and historic homes. Demolition raises community concerns about health, waste, and neighborhood character. To address these concerns the city approved a resolution stipulating that houses built in Portland before 1916, as well as those that have historic designation, be deconstructed, instead of demolished. These homes account for approximately one-third of the 300+ demolitions taking place each year and will thereby triple the amount of yearly deconstruction activity in Portland.

Deconstruction is “construction in reverse”: utilizing disassembly to remove an unwanted structure. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means. Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered “waste” and reclaiming it as useful building material. The selective dismantling of a structure can save up to 85 percent of materials for reuse. Deconstruction focuses on giving the materials within a building a new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue.


We sell Oregon-sourced old-growth Douglas Fir salvaged from 100+ yr old homes. Come to us for multi-dimensional flooring, 1x6 ship-lap, a variety of siding and rough sawn and full dimension lumber.

Typically reclaimed wood is "prettied-up" in order to fetch a high price on the reclaimed lumber market.  We take the opposite approach. Our wood is simply de-nailed, stacked, and bundled, priced affordably and available upon appointment.

We're wood enthusiasts! And that's why we became certified deconstruction contractors. We deconstruct the historic and oldest buildings which hold the richest source for valuable materials, making it possible to provide an affordable option for businesses and residents to acquire salvaged old-growth lumber. 

Old-growth lumber comes from trees that grew slowly in vast virgin forests for 200-300 years before being harvested. Beyond its incomparable beauty and character, there are structural benefits to building with old-growth lumber. 


The tight growth rings in old-growth lumber means the wood does not move as much as new-growth. It is immensely more stable, keeping everything where it needs to be.

The denseness of old-growth lumber makes it a stronger wood and able to carry heavier loads across longer spans.

Slow growth creates greater proportion of rot-resistant late wood (summer/fall growth) to early wood (spring growth). 

Old-growth lumber is harder and drier than new lumber. Termites prefer soft, moist wood, making OGL not as tempting a meal.

Good Wood believes that by removing and reusing centuries old lumber, we honor and inherit the energy of old.

Contact us to learn more about our services and products.

Project Coordinator
David Greenhill
(503) 863-4398

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