Video: Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest

In the third episode of its Urban Sawmillomg Series, Wood-Mizer profiles Van Urban Timber of Vancouver, BC.

The company, started by Eric Savics and Danny Hagge, has grown in leaps and bounds, specializing in  the production of live-edge slabs and custom wood furniture from locally salvaged urban trees.

“Van Urban Timber started with a theory and an idea that came from Danny … that there were enough urban trees coming down on a daily basis that could sustain enough fiber to run a small timber business,” Savics said. “What we would do, is provide a free service to go and pick up these trees whether they were coming down for reasons of liability, aesthetic, development, what have you.”

“When we started Van Urban Timber we were excited because we were doing something people weren’t doing in the city,” said Hagge. “We were taking green waste and turning it into something no one was producing in Vancouver. I think that is the backbone of our company. No matter what, we are always going to strive to be recycling, reusing, and I think that’s the way of the future. Renewable is definitely the way.”

Learn more about Van Urban Timber.

Watch more of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling Series

Episode I: Indy Urban Hardwood

Episode II: Manayunk Timber