About Urban Hardwood Recovery

  • I am Tyler Evans, married for 16 years, father of two, lifelong woodworker, and  native Oregonian.  I earned a B.S. and MBA through the University of Oregon.

  • I grew up working with wood and have taken on progressively larger projects over the years.  A couple of the larger projects were a new custom kitchen at my house, as well as one for a neighbor.

  • One day I was planeing out a bunch of stock in my shop and I decided that if I were going to buy rough lumber, I might as well just go the extra step and get the lumber directly from the log. 

  • I did a lot of research and when I completed the kitchen job for the neighbors, and I invested the proceeds into small scale milling equipment.

  • I proved to myself that I could locate and mill logs.  The remaining obstacle was getting the wood dried to the correct moisture content to make the lumber usable in indoor applications.  I needed a kiln.

  • I found that it was incredibly rewarding to recover the wood.  The people I meet are great.  The challenges are new in every situation.  The wood is great.

  • I found that woodworking alone in my shop lacked a social component that I find when reclaiming wood.

Doing business differently

  • I want to meet my customers.  Why you ask?  Because I feel this serves a great social purpose.   

  • I want to learn about my customers’ projects and I want to communicate the story behind the wood to my customers.

  • This wood has the special quality of coming from here.  I want to tell the craftsperson where the wood came from and why it is now wood.

  • I believe that there is a general breakdown in the sense of community.  Generations teaching other generations, and neighbors helping neighbors.

  • Wood working is often largely a solitary endeavor.  We go into our shops and have at it.  We read magazines, web sites, journals etc.  But we often don’t meet others with similar interests.  I am a social animal.  I require socialization.  You may too.

  • Building the local network is a very valuable thing.  I meet many folks and get to learn a bit about what they do and vice versa. 

  • If this method of doing business limits my sales, then I am okay with that.  This is not about making a lot of money.  My needs are always met.  The money that is made is targeted to grow this business so that more wood is recovered and processed, and prices can drop further to enable even more utilization of this resource.