Environmental Management &

Conservation of Urban Lumber

Nothing Wasted.

We all know that trees take in carbon dioxide and put out oxygen. In fact, the photosynthesis occurring in trees (and other plants, of course) is the most efficient way we know of removing CO2 from the air. This CO2 is subsequently stored within the tree as carbon. For reference, an acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over a one year period to offset the same amount of CO2 produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.

That said, most people do not realize that the carbon absorbed by the tree during its growth (about 1 ton of CO2 per cubic meter of new wood) continues to be stored even after a tree is cut down. Fun fact: About 50% of the dry weight of wood is carbon, but that carbon is only released back into the atmosphere when the wood decays or is burned. However, when wood is re-purposed the carbon it has sequestered during its growth continues to be stored and does not emit CO2, a known accelerant of climate change, back into the atmosphere. As an example, an Ash tabletop that is 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 2.5 inches thick holds roughly 115 pounds of carbon, which translates to 425 pounds of carbon dioxide. (That’s about the same amount of carbon dioxide released while driving from San Diego to San Francisco in a car that gets 25 miles per gallon!)

This is where we come in. We salvage trees that have been felled for one reason or another and were destined for the landfill, fireplace or mulch. We mill them into live edge slabs, to be sold or crafted into custom furniture. Our manufacturing processes limit the amount of carbon that is released back into the atmosphere and very little material is wasted. We also donate our sawdust to a local permaculturist instead of throwing it away.

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