Started by Jim Newsom, who began salvaging beached logs with his tugboat from the shores of Elliott Bay in the late 1990's, Urban Hardwoods now stocks a ton of slabs from many different kinds of trees: Madrone, Ash, Elm, Cedar, Walnut and Maple to name just a few.
These slabs can all be seen online and ordered for use as a table, window sill or any kind of furniture that you can imagine — they take care of all the cutting, finishing, base and shipping.
They also have a crave-worthy selection of pre-made furniture online. As you might imagine, all of this care, craftsmanship and history doesn't come cheap; a coffee table will run you upwards of $2,000.
(Edited from this post originally published 06.11.07 on AT:NY)