by Greg Cater
December 6, 2013
When you think about it, it’s not that surprising to find a company like Urban Lumber (UL) located in the Springfield-Eugene area of Oregon.
It’s also not surprising that they have been able to forge a partnership with the community parks districts and cities to remove insect and storm damaged trees. UL saws these trees into lumber and returns them back to the community as furniture, flooring and wall treatments.
What is surprising, says UL owner Seth San Filippo, is the fact that people in the community often have no idea that there someone in his type of business, willing to do more with old diseased trees then add then to a landfill or make sawdust.
Seth had always been a bit of a woodworker but he got fired up about urban logging when he and a friend began cutting up salvaged logs on nights and weekends using an Alaskan chainsaw mill. After doing that as a hobby for a few years, in 2006 he decided there was a business opportunity available, and opened UL. The business has continued to grow from its inception, and they now have a 6 foot chain saw mill that Seth built himself for big logs. They also have a Wood Miser bandsaw mill and a boom truck.
Seth explains that working in the Urban Forest is interesting because they see such a variety of species, many of which were planted by the city’s founding fathers along streets and in city parks over 100 years ago. Seth continues to add to their arsenal of tools to more effectively process logs. They now have a drying kiln, a wide belt sander and a wide thickness planer. They recently started doing some of their own metal fabrication as the look of raw steel and wood together has become so popular in furniture.
Urban lumber recently opened a showroom to display their furniture pieces in downtown Eugene. The showroom opens the eyes of customers to see the possibility of what can be created with this beautiful urban timber.
by Greg Cater
December 5, 2013
Okay, so this video showing a great idea on how to make Christmas ornaments out of used and broken furniture may be a little late for this year’s tree, but it should give you some great ideas on what you should be collecting during the coming year to create a unique and spectacular Christmas tree next year! Sometime around August you can pull your raw materials out of hiding and start making your very own Christmas ornaments. As always, our host Debi from Debi’s Design Diary makes it fun and entertaining.
by Greg Cater
I like being able to do something I’ve never done before, and over the long Thanksgiving weekend I was able to do exactly that. Dan is a friend of my father’s who lives in my hometown above Sacramento in the central valley. Dan knows I’ve always got an eye out for reclaimed wood and other salvaged items. He came across a ranch that had been in disrepair for many years and recently had come under new ownership. Dan noticed that the new owners were in the process of taking down several old buildings and dismantling a fruit drying operation.
This furniture is not only made in Detroit, it’s made from Detroit.
A new store opening today in the Motor City is putting materials salvaged from Detroit’s abandoned homes to good use by repurposing it for made-to-order furniture. Called “Workshop,” the store will be open through the holidays selling benches, tables, and other home goods in a pop-up location in the city’s Fisher Building. Read more….
by Greg Cater
I believe this is a fun project that you might really enjoy making. Once you’ve completed your shopping at one of your local big box retailers swing around back near the dumpster pick up a couple of pallets and you’ll have all you need to make this project.
There’s no wood like old wood.
There’s nothing more eye-popping than shimmering wood flooring.
It gives you that wonderful feeling of warmth and the natural beauty of the outdoors into your home or workspace. It’s something homeowners and businesses are trying to capture when refining their surroundings while also using eco-friendly products.
One way to magnify the look is to use reclaimed wood – or wood that was used for another purpose. Read more…