Frequently Asked Questions
Will you take my tree down for free? Would you be interested in my tree?
We do not remove trees for the value of the wood. It takes considerable effort to remove trees, transport logs to our facility, and then turn them into urban wood. Successful urban wood ventures are based on the model of a free log. This model is different from traditional forestry, where trees are all of similar size, and the volume allows for a scale of economics that is not found in urban tree work.
How long is the process to make lumber out of logs?
Time frames vary depending on the species of wood and space available in our kilns. From the date of tree removal it may take 1-2 months to mill the logs. We then let the milled wood air dry for 4-6 months before putting it into the kiln. Kiln cycles range from 4-8 weeks, depending on the species and thickness. In total it often takes at least 8-12 months.
What if I don’t see what I need at the Urban Wood Lab Store?
We are constantly working on new inventory. In addition, we work with a large group of consignors in the Urban Wood Network. Please fill out a product request form and we will let you know if we can find what you are looking for.
Does the Urban Wood Lab carry finishing products?
Yes,we carry both Osmo and Waterlox products. Learn more.
Can the Urban Wood Lab Store help me with building a project?
Our primary business is creating one-of-a-kind urban wood slabs and lumber for others to use. We do have a network of artisans who have experience using urban wood. Please contact us and we can connect you with one of our partners.