URBAN WOOD GOODS HELPS OFFSET NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF DEMOLITION

URBAN WOOD GOODS HELPS OFFSET NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF DEMOLITION

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. 

Take the warmth of Urban Wood Goods inside this season.

Take the warmth of Urban Wood Goods inside this season.

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.

The journey for historic barn lumber takes us to an Amish farm in Wisconsin’s Driftless region

The journey for historic barn lumber takes us to an Amish farm in Wisconsin’s Driftless region

Working with reclaimed lumber often takes us to interesting places. This time around, while visiting friends on the West edge of Wisconsin, we vent...
Heart pine from Helene Curtis building returns home!

Heart pine from Helene Curtis building returns home!

The Helene Curtis Industries, Inc. was an American cosmetics and beauty parlor products[1] firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The company acquired a ...
How does your furniture make you feel?

How does your furniture make you feel?

Pride!  It's that simple for us.   We are proud to play a role in salvaging beautiful lumber and transforming it into amazing furniture.  It is gre...
Be human and go make change.

Be human and go make change.

As we continue to connect with contractors, developers and homeowners that understand the value of the past, present and future, we find opportunities to salvage the bones of structures being cleared for progress.   We take the materials and continue to do what we as humans do best, change it!  

Filming Our story with with Land Rover!

 

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!

 

Reclaiming lumber from a 1905 Church in Chicago

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.

 

 

Deconstruction in Downtown Dubuque Iowa

Deconstruction in Downtown Dubuque Iowa

The lead foremen Vance and his crew did a truly fantastic job harvesting these old growth floor joists from this old early 1900's building. Very li...