Urban Logging

Even when carefully managed, there are many trees that need to be removed from urban environments because of death, disease, damage from storms or insects, new construction or other hazards. Urban logging makes the best use of trees by reclaiming them and making them available for your heirloom projects.

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Our sawing technique called “slabbing” means that once we choose a direction to slice, we make repeated parallel cuts until all boards are freed. This preserves the unique lines of the tree trunk along one or two of its edges. This gives each finished work a one-of-a-kind appearance by letting the irregular natural edge of the wood show. While woodworkers have been using the natural edges of wood for centuries, the contemporary live-edge look came into popularity in the 1940’s, when furniture designer George Nakashima first introduced it into modern furniture for the Knoll Company.

 

We have an extensive inventory of Texas species with a focus on wind falls and diseased trees that are locally acquired. Most often they are “yard trees” that, without the normal forest competition, tend to have thick stocky trunks. We seek out older and the most gnarled or figured wood as they best tell the story of the tree’s struggles to survive.

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Trees speak through the grain of their wood. Technical terminology for characteristics such as Curly, Spalted, Quilted, Wormy, and Burly are simple labels for extremely complex growth and figure resulting from a myriad of stresses and injuries that the tree has endured.  This figuring can be difficult to see in a rough board for the untrained eye, but once our slabs have been finished you will be captivated by the depth and movement as the grain tells the story of its life.

One of our goals in urban logging is to preserve these grand trees. If you know of a tree that is in danger of being burned, chipped or thrown into landfills please contact us to determine if the tree is salvageable.