Near the table was a sign with the following words written by Kim Hoelting, the founder of Live Edge: Imagine being alive for a thousand years. Think of the storms, droughts, and brilliant sunny days. Now imagine dying but remaining vertical for another two centuries, with life swirling around you. Then one day you topple over but your body remains visible on the forest floor for many more centuries nourishing your offspring. This is the story of cedar, our totem species.
The popularity of salvaged wood furniture has produced a secondary trend: rising efforts to ensure that urban trees, including those that fall during storms, don't end up in landfills. Here's how artisans are turning fallen trees into furniture.