Have you ever watched a big, beautiful tree come down in your neighborhood, due to anything from a storm to safety reasons to improving the view, and wondered what would happen to all that wood? Seattle's lucky enough to have Urban Hardwoods to carefully salvage our local heritage trees after loss to fire, storm, disease or urban growth, transforming them into majestic slab-style furniture that honors the beauty and history of the wood.
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)