The Urban Wood Initiative – Design using reclaimed recycled wood

We wanted to introduce to you an exciting product available from JM Kitchen & Bath:

“The Urban Wood Initiative”.

What is the Urban Wood Initiative?

Urban wood comes from trees that have grown in an urban setting that are removed from areas for various reasons such as: Storm blowdowns, natural mortality, severe insect and disease damage, construction activities, and many other circumstances can change an urban tree from an asset into a liability. But what should the municipalities do with the tree?
 Hundreds of species of trees grow in various municipalities across the US. These trees often grow to great size and can produce lumber of very high quality and wonderful character. Unfortunately they are very hard to process into lumber. They are of irregular shape and size and the lumber tends to warp and twist as it dries. This is why little effort has been made to utilize urban woods.
Homestead Cabinet & Furniture company is trying to obtain as many of these trees’ as they can to make into beautiful cabinets and furniture for your home.

Did you know?*

Acres of Urban Forest in the US  – 20.9 Million
Number of Trees in Municipal Landscapes – 3.8 Billion
Annual Waste from Urban Forests (cubic yards) – 200 Million
Potential Usable Lumber (bd ft) – 3.8 Billion
Total Hardwood Lumber used Annually (bd ft) – 12.6 Billion

Urban Lumber could replace 30% of demand!
Most urban lumber is buried or burned as waste

* Data taken from publication NA-TP-06-01 USDA Forest Service

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Using Urban Woods

While it is true that processing Urban wood into “value added” products presents some difficult challenges, it is also true that these challenges can be overcome. The wood by its nature must be processed on a small scale with a particular product or application in mind. It must be dried slowly and in a carefully controlled manner. It is not conducive to mass production.
Homestead Cabinet and Furniture is among several companies that are beginning to use urban woods to make a variety of products. Homestead has a long history of using other types of reclaimed woods such as barn wood. The processing of urban woods uses many of the same skills and machinery as other reclaimed woods.
An abundance of large trees grow in the cities and towns of Northern Utah. Homestead works with tree removal companies, saw mill operators, kiln operators and other wood product manufacturers to acquire saw logs, slabs and dried lumber. Tree removal companies are contracted to bring selected logs to the mill at Homestead. The logs are milled into slabs or into lumber. From thence they become heirloom furniture and cabinetry

I appreciate as busy professionals, our time is precious.  Click here for the PDF about the efforts in Utah where Homestead Cabinets is located.

Feel free to pass along to any friends, family members or associates who you feel maybe interested.

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