On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake hit Japan and created a Tsunami that eventually created wave surges at California’s coast. This surge destroyed a wooden barge that had been anchored in Mission Bay (San Diego) since 1968. I am currently making items with the salvaged wood. This wood has a beautiful patina and looks great as console tables, side tables, etc. Here is a video of the surge destroying the barge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRwPlRwtA0A