In time, urban trees growing in the city and surrounding areas need to be removed due to windfall, age, disease, or development. When this happens, we like to see that the wood is utilized with a higher purpose. Too many beautiful species of hardwood trees needlessly get tossed in the trash or bucked up into firewood. Salvaging these trees can take a lot of work, but the results are totally worth it.
A certified arborist is commissioned to do the work of safely climbing, cutting, and felling an urban tree. A sawyer is then scheduled to methodically cut the wood into live edge slabs and/or dimensional boards. These planks are then sticker stacked, stored, and slowly dried over the course of two to three years. Lastly, the wood is kiln dried to remove any lasting moisture and to stabilize the cellulose inside the material. Finally, it can be considered seasoned useable lumber that is able to be shaped and made into sustainably produced furniture.
We work with many local arborists that are passionate about saving this very precious resource and putting the material to the best use possible. Over the last decade we have built a community of sources for sustainable wood from small local small mills and FSC certified companies. In Oregon, we have the honor and privilege to work with some of the most amazing wood species in the world!