Urban Tree Forge at the G-20 Summit

Urban Tree Forge at the G-20 Summit

Regina Yunghans
Oct 2, 2009

Remember our friend Jason's project with Urban Tree Forge? Well, they've been busy again. This time for the G-20 economic summit at the Phipps Conservatory. Urban Tree Forge was asked to create 12 oak slab tabletops for a dinner and discussion at the summit. And they had just two weeks to make it happen....

These reclaimed trees from Riverview Park were used for the tables. Had they not been salvaged by UTF, they would have been made into mulch or firewood.

Fortunatly, when Urban Tree Forge's owner and founder, John Metzler, was approached by the Phipps about the project, the reclaimed trees pictured above had just happened to come out of the kiln. So the team at Urban Tree Forge was able to set right to work.

Jason, who is an artist-in-residence at UTF, describes the experience: "The tables have one square edge and one live edge (we knocked the bark off and did some sculpting). They are 30-37" wide depending on the width of the live edge and the size of the starting log. There were four 6'-8" tables and eight 9'-6" tables. The tables started out as a single oak slab roughly 28"-34" wide and were ripped in half with a 6" sycamore accent strip. The tables are ordered and the live edge is sculpted to run from one table to the next to provide a continuous flowing edge."

He continues: "It was a great experience, and it is pretty cool to think that i was part of making 12 tables that some of the most important people in the world had a meal at."

President Obama sat right here. Image: Doug Oster / Post-Gazette

Images: Urban Tree Forge and Jason Boone unless otherwise noted. (thanks, Jason!)

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