As of October 2016, Urban Lumber Company’s website claims it has recycled a total of 638,062 pounds of wood and sawn 90,886 board feet.
As owner Tim O’Neill told the Kansas City Star in an article published April 8, “There’s a unique and wild look to this lumber, particularly in the variety of species found around town.” Woods cited in the articled include ash, elm, hickory, locust, maple, mulberry, oak, pecan, sweet gum, sycamore, tree of heaven and walnut.
O’Neill, a former exhibition designer, was inspired to found Urban Wood Lumber after having a hackberry tree downed by an ice storm sawed into logs. “I’d been spending lots of money on lumber, and all of a sudden I had a large pile. It was super cheap and easy to find, since dead trees are everywhere. It was interesting to work with, too,” he told the Star.
O’Neill processes logs on a TimberKing sawmill and also invested in a dry kiln. Customers include local custom woodworkers, homeowners and woodworking hobbyists.