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Urban Timberworks

Handcrafted Artisan Furniture from Salvaged Urban Trees

In 2011, Urban Timberworks was contracted to repurpose roughly 30 trees felled on the Lewis & Clark College Campus in Southwest Portland. Working closely with Mahlum Architects, Walsh Construction and Lewis & Clark College, Urban Timberworks processed 10,000 board feet of Douglas fir into base boards, picture rail, structural 10”x10” entry posts, tables, benches, stools, stair treads and landings, and a cordwood fireplace surround in the main recreational room. Additionally, 2,000 board feet of bigleaf maple were processed into windowsills and aprons.

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The most important aspect of the entire process was being able to work alongside the designers and the general contractor to readjust the material needs based on the grade of the trees. By doing this, Urban Timberworks was able to utilize the trees to their fullest potential.

Overall, this was an exciting project to work on and really fit our belief that sourcing your building materials locally is the most sustainable method. The Edna Holmes Residence Hall showcases just how local and sustainable the wood products process can be.

Our hats go off to Lewis & Clark College for pursuing excellence in sustainability.