Salvaging Urban Wood with a Portable Sawmill


| 2/13/2019 10:15:00 AM


The Wood Cycle lumber company

Perhaps no sector of the wood products industry is more environmentally significant than the recovery and utilization of urban sourced timber. Equally, much of the recovered urban wood would not be salvageable without the availability of portable sawmills like the Wood-Mizer LT40 Super Hydraulic owned and operated by Paul Morrison’s business The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin.

An engineer and technical writer, Paul says he didn’t intend to start a full-time operation when he purchased his first Wood-Mizer in 1994. “My business, like many, was a hobby that spun out of control,” Paul explains. “I purchased a used Wood-Mizer to saw lumber to support my woodworking hobby and soon learned sawing lumber was as fun as making the finished products. The lumber piles grew, so I started doing side projects and soon found myself going to my boss to tell him I would not be there much longer.”

 Home with custom wood interior

Fifteen years later, The Wood Cycle employs six people and produces hardwood lumber, custom furniture, cabinetry, millwork, artwork, and other products from logs recovered from small lots, street trees, yards, and other urban areas. “Finding logs to work from was never a challenge,” Paul says. “As a society we are strongly connected to the trees in our yards, from our family farms and the places we frequent. I built my business plan around preserving those memories by turning those trees into useful objects as the trees needed to come down.” Also, Paul continues, “In recent years, local has become the new marketing buzzword, and it plays perfectly into where we are positioned.”



Custom wood entertainment center





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