Urban Salvaged Hardwoods

Urban hardwood trees are part of our environment and daily lives There are many trees standing in Portland and its surrounding areas. The canopy of these trees tower over every neighborhood. They bring a wonderful splash of greenery into our horizons, and they are a huge part of our environment and daily lives. Our business is in the preservation and well being of these urban dwelling trees. We hope to see heritage trees live beyond our lifetime for future generations to enjoy.

Like any living being, everything has a life span. In time, urban trees 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 true purpose. Salvaging these trees can take a lot of work, but the results can be worth the cause. It is a very long process to produce useable lumber from a city tree. Tree removal can be complicated and challenging when working with large diameter tree trunks and giant tree canopies. Often times there is hidden metal ingrown into urban trees which makes milling the wood difficult and damages the tools.

A certified arborist is commissioned to do the work of safely climbing, cutting, and felling a urban tree. The trunk can then be removed by a hired crane operator and trucked to a local mill yard. A sawyer is then commissioned to methodically cut the wood into live edge slabs and/or dimensional boards. These planks are then sticker stacked, stored, and air dried for up to 3 years in order to be properly conditioned. Lastly, the wood is kiln dried to remove any lasting moisture and to stabilize the cellulose inside the material. Finally, it can be considered useable lumber that is able to be shaped and made into sustainably produced furniture.

We know a community of local arborists that are passionate about saving this very precious resource, and putting the material to the best use possible. We have seen beautiful species of hardwood trees needlessly get tossed in the trash or bucked up into firewood. In Oregon, we have the honor and privilege to work with some of the greatest wood species in the world. Some are native to this region and some are special varieties that just happen to thrive in this climate. We live in a lush land in the Willamette Valley. It happens to have the perfect conditions for trees to grow big. The first pioneers and settlers in this area planted hardwood trees that are now living well beyond 100 years old. I intend to honor each tree’s spirit by letting the wood speak for itself, and listening to what figure and form has to say.