working with the City of Toronto and other key stakeholders to increase the
utilization of wood from urban trees in Toronto and Southern
Ontario. This page is your place for Ontario events, workshops and
resources related to urban wood. We’re updating it frequently as
new opportunities arise, so bookmark this page!
Urban Wood is wood from urban forests. Trees face a variety of challenges when growing in an urban environment, often coming with unique shapes, sizes and grains that make them desirable for designers and makers of special wood products. Urban wood comes from these trees that die of old age, diseases and pest infestations, or which need to be removed for safety or development reasons. In many cases this wood is considered a waste and its disposal is a cost to the homeowner or to the community; but this does not always need to be the case.
This Urban Wood Utilization Initiative seeks to encourage the salvaging and re-use of what we consider a valued urban resource to celebrate the intersection of urban and natural, create unique Toronto wood products and recognize the value and importance of urban trees to our city and its residents.
Check out the Maple Leaf Forever Exhibition and Online Auction which runs March 12 -29, 2015. It's an amazing example of how urban wood can be used to make beautiful, unique items.
This section of the LEAF site is supported by the City of Toronto - Economic Development & Culture