Cypress trees have been used for thousands of years across the world for many significant purposes. The oldest living Cypress tree is located in Iran and is over 5000 years old. The ancient Egyptians used Cypress for the pharaoh’s caskets, and in the Middle Ages Cathedral doors were carved from Cypress. In Greek mythology Cypress is associated with Hades, the God of the underworld.
In America, early logging companies harvested Cypress from Southern swamps and used waterways to transport logs to mills. This lumber was used for building across the U.S. during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Cypress reached its peak for production in 1913 and has been steadily declining ever since. Occasionally logs would fall off rafts, become waterlogged and sink to the bottom. Many of these logs were naturally preserved and are being reclaimed from the bottoms of sawmill holding ponds since the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and are called "sinkers". The minerals from the silt and mud have caused the wood to take on an interesting tint over time. The colors can be a uniform hue or in contrasting streaks of olive, tan, and cinnamon. It is a high quality unique product with a great story and is clearly the most environmentally responsible choice. Every "sinker" log that is being recovered is saving a tree from being cut down.