"Indy Urban Hardwood is the creative problem solving of Brian Presnell and the introduction of urban milling into the Indianapolis design scene. Many cities across the Midwest are facing an excess of dying ash trees due to the emerald ash borer. This epidemic has lead to the clearing of trees and a surplus of firewood around city curbs. Indy Urban Hardwood is hoping to save some of the wood that would ordinary be mulched or burned. After the raw wood is kiln dried it can be sold as slabs to local builders or made into custom furniture by our design team. Additionally, we are building relationships with furniture design students by offering discounted or donated wood." This is the mission statement for the Indy Urban Hardwood and they want your help spreading the word to local people losing trees, or tree companies that are willing to donate.
Not every tree is a good fit for milling, but they are willing to talk to anyone interested. Right now the team at Indy Urban Hardood Co. is really small (3 people) and they are doing their best to keep milling and building a kiln. They hope to be building furniture by June, but in the mean time you can find them at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Porch Party in front of the City Gallery on Friday, May 5th. It's happening from 6-10 pm and they will have t-shirts, air plants, charcuterie boards, small tables, and benches for sale.