NBC's Olympic Studio Furnished with Reclaimed Wood

NBC Olympic Winter Games broadcasting studio photo

Image: complements of Duluth Timber

NBC's coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games has drawn comments from the sidelines, ranging from How We Hate NBC's Olympics Coverage: A Statistical Breakdown to NBC delivers the goods in Winter Games coverage. We will stay out of the content debate, but we want to share one thing NBC did right: they hooked up with the Duluth Timber Company for the wood in the broadcasting studio in Vancouver.

wine tanks provided reclaimed redwood for NBC studio photo
The NBC studio benefits from the rich beauty of old-growth wood without any threat to old-growth forests. The magnificent redwood was harvested from wine tanks at Blossom Hill Winery in Hollister, CA. Dreamer Productions' Jesse Joslin put set designer Kim Jennings on to the Minnesota company. Jennings was quite satisfied:
All three types of wood from Duluth Timber had just the character we wanted. The grains are fantastic, and the quality of the wood is so wonderful.

old-growth douglas fir recovered by Duluth Lumber is kept in order for book-matching photo

Image: complements of Duluth Timber

The set also included Douglas fir recovered from a Vancouver warehouse. The Douglas fir was milled into boards which were kept ordered so that designers could book-match the lumber, providing eye-catching mirror images of the grain pattern. Duluth Timber works exclusively with salvaged and re-sawed wood, under the motto "logging the industrial forest."

The wood will not go to waste when the Olympic games are over. We are told that the Vancouver crew that installed the NBC set will reuse the wood once again.

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