Urban Logging

When a piece of furniture is built to last from a log that would otherwise be mulched, not only do we get to experience its unique beauty but also all the carbon that tree absorbed over a lifetime remains out of our atmosphere, helping fight climate disaster. Western North Carolina is a uniquely privileged area for hardwoods, and of course the evolution of forestry. We work with neighbors, preservation-minded arborists and a variety of sawyers and kilns in the greater Asheville area to salvage lumber from trees that are either storm-damaged or must come down. It is a unique pleasure to know something of the true origin of so many of our furniture pieces, and to help share an appreciation of this potentially sustainable resource with others.

Responsible urban wood salvage involves safe felling done by certified arborists, hauling to a mill or milling in place, careful and patient air-drying, and then kiln-drying to remove insect larvae before the lumber can be milled flat again and fashioned into furniture. Each stage of this process involves planning, expertise and cost, and not every tree is worth all that investment, but we’re always happy to look! 

West Asheville Rainbow (Mineral-Stained) Tulipwood

These colorful slabs are 16 feet long and 29-44″ wide, and will make exceptional tables.

North Asheville White Oak

This white oak log took three hours to maneuver out of a backyard up a steep slope, without disturbing a neighbor’s buried septic tank. Most of it was dimensionally quartersawn.

Burl Maple Book-Matches

This ambrosia maple was topped to the point where it had zero canopy, just a 6′ diameter standing trunk. We have to split the butt log in thirds just to fit on the bandsaw mill.

Old Walnut

We routinely mill slabs 52″ or even 60″ in width. Walnut is always in high demand, but we love all species.

Big Oak

We have a large inventory of live edge giant oak coffee table and dining table slabs

Rare Wide Chinese Chestnut

With a wonderful warm brown color, this Chestnut log was also highly figured.

Conference Table Wide Walnut

This locally-salvaged log was 30″ wide and 16′ long, all premium quality grain. It’s dry now!

We love cookies too

The wood kind.

Ash trees are threatened

We milled several very large ash trees in 2018 and 2019.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Lots of mature maple in Asheville.

For certain species, such as walnut over 28″ diameter, sometimes we can offer property owners a modest payment or a single dry and surfaced slab in return; or (more generously) a meaningful discount on a custom piece of furniture built from their family tree.

We carry a large inventory of locally-salvaged slabs as well as dimensional lumber.  Having the entire flitch to play with presents many possibilities. Please email or call ahead to discuss your project and make an appointment to see our slab studio.

Custom woodwork begins with your imagination and our experience. What would you like us to build?

Green River Woods, Inc.

Matt Christie

17 Foundy St
Asheville, NC 28801