We source 90 percent of our wood materials from deconstruction and demolition projects. Reclaimed old growth douglas fir floor joists make beautiful tables. We have a market for this material and it in turn encourages more deconstruction. Urban Wood Goods is proud to be a part of the solution.
Cooler weather is just around the corner. We will begin to spend more time indoors in coming months. As we settle in to our interior dwellings, we may as well be cozy.
So excited to finally share this! I couldn't be happier with the end result of this video project we filmed with Land Rover! It gave us the opportunity to show the true story of the wood full circle. I didn’t just want to make another woodshop video, I wanted to show where it all starts with the gritty but rewarding process of reclaiming this gorgeous old wood that has a storied past from century-old American buildings. I feel so fortunate to have worked on this with the creative and talented producers and directors for Land Rover.
It would be hard to believe but I spent 7, long 12 hour days shooting the footage for this short 2 minute video. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the work I do everyday, compared to the life of an actor! This was perhaps the most challenging but also most rewarding project I have ever done but the end result made it so worth it.
On a side note, I'm excited that we have a new/oldish team member who is not only doing our Lumber supply and helped to set up many of the scenes for this video, but also is now shooting video for UWG on site where we reclaim our lumber. Kyle might be seen on Instagram or coming up in future blog posts and on our You Tube channel showing off his fancy drone filming skills and sharing his passion for salvaging Old Growth lumber for us!
We are currently reclaiming all of the lumber from this amazing deconstruction and renovation of a Church in Chicago that was built in 1905. It is located at 914 N Hoyne in Chicago and is the home of a former Church and school that was built 113 years ago. The lumber inside is at least twice as old!
One of the most exciting and gratifying parts about salvaging material from historic buildings is getting to see the building still standing in its present state before the wood comes out, where we also have access to capture photography. In many cases with historic buildings the wood is salvaged from the interior and the original structure is restored and kept in tact to be converted for other purposes such as condos which is the case with this church and school.