The tale of how a storm-damaged white oak in Riverside, IL, was salvaged from the landfill and converted into desks for village trustees was chronicled in Woodshop News, a national publication for professional woodworkers.
“The story demonstrates how a village forester/arborist, sawyer and woodworker worked together to put the more than 160-year-old tree to a higher use as custom furniture. Michael Collins, village forester of Riverside, credits the Illinois Wood Utilization Team for inspiring him to seek the support of elected officials to make the project happen.
A 16-foot log salvaged from the 80-foot tall tree was milled by Bull Valley Hardwood of Woodstock, IL. Paul Meyer of Woodstock Woodworks & Studio devoted some 450 hours to producing the trio of desks.