Woodworker Salvages Fallen Trees by Designing Custom Furniture


| 3/25/2019 9:19:00 AM


Brian Presnell of Indy Urban Hardwood Co. utilizes his portable sawmill to salvage fallen and diseased urban trees in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to providing high-quality salvaged wood furniture to homeowners and local businesses, Indy Urban Hardwood Co. works closely with Herron School of Art by donating salvaged wood to art students to learn woodworking.

In 1983, Sam Ruff and his wife became the proud owners of his mother’s home in Indianapolis. Sam’s mother had purchased the home from her own mother, which had been passed down from her grandfather. Four generations had maintained and cultivated the beautiful property since 1906.

Beautiful old home Indiana

In 1989, the CSX railroad defoliated their right-of-ways. In doing so, deadly chemicals drifted to the Ruff residence, killing all of their long-standing trees. Sam and his wife lost seven giant spruce trees, an old walnut tree, and many ash trees.

Yard with plants and trees



The Ruffs were devastated. However, endeavoring to keep their wood alive in some way, Sam called Brian Presnell, founder of Indy Urban Hardwood Company.





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