Wudeward is a leading commercial supplier of Wisconsin Urban Wood lumber for architects, designers, builders and wood product producers. We are working to transform our community’s fallen or condemned trees into functional, beautiful hardwood products that can once again breathe life into our neighborhood.
A distinctive hardwood with a low environmental impact, Wisconsin Urban Wood makes a significant and beautiful contribution to any LEED® project, sustainable design, or locally-sourced construction.
As your urban wood steward, we leverage a statewide network to meet customer needs for rough sawn lumber, flooring, and millwork. We also consult for onsite tree diversion.
Urban Wood is Good
Every year, trees from our streets, backyards, and parks are removed due to storms, construction, or insects. Help divert this durable, beautiful, truly local resource into higher use.
The Wisconsin Urban Wood movement is made up of arborists, mill shops, architects, and consumers who come together to advance the sustainable recovery and best reuse of urban trees.
Discover the potential second life local trees can offer residences, businesses, and public spaces as fine lumber, furniture, flooring, art, and architecture.
Urban Wood creates community and discussion. Contact us we’d love to hear about your upcoming project.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Mandel Group, HGA, and C.D. Smith Construction, who together made up the project team for the DoMUS apartment complex in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, have been awarded the first Wisconsin Urban Wood Utilization Award as part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Wisconsin Transformation Awards program. The Wisconsin Urban Wood Utilization Award is a sponsored award Read More
Warm Welcome A reception area is a customer’s first impression of a business. Its design sets up the greater context of what their experience will be — if great care has been taken to create the reception area, customers can expect the same if not higher level of care throughout their service. So when Bubon Read More
When a company has publicly committed to sustainable sourcing, corporate social responsibility, environmental conservation, or working with and through the local community, a new construction project is the time to put these philosophies into action. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Designs may get drawn up with the best sustainably-minded intentions — locally-sourced, low Read More
Nature is in charge of our inventory around here. Nature determines the varying levels of character in each board of urban wood lumber, and it determines the supply volume we have for each species at any given time. When I first engage with clients, more often than not they ask for a specific species – Read More
I always look forward to visits to Michigan because it is where the urban wood movement was born. The emerald ash borer beetle was first discovered near Detroit in 2002 and soon after, mass removals of ash trees began in an attempt to stop the spread. Local networks of municipalities, sawmills, and manufacturers organized to Read More
Tim O’Neill started The Urban Lumber Company in 2005 as a way to sell trees to his woodworker friends in Kansas City, Missouri. To date, he has recycled more than 756,000 pounds of wood and sawed nearly 110,000 board feet of lumber. I visited with Tim on a summer trip to Kansas City to catch Read More
As a supplier of Wisconsin Urban Wood I work with a network of urban wood businesses every day, from municipalities and sawmills to manufacturers and retailers. They each have their own unique story of how they got started in the urban wood business, just like I have mine. Without these passionate, dedicated professionals, we would Read More
Urban Milwaukee recently provided a sneak peek at Mandel Group’s DoMUS apartment development in the Historic Third Ward. The writer, Jeramey Jannene, said the apartments take luxury rentals to a whole new level. One feature he called out was the Wudeward-supplied wood shelving, which was sourced from the City of Milwaukee forestry department. You can Read More
Wudeward Urban Forest Products and the U.S. Forest Service will sponsor a new category for the 2018 U.S. Green Building Council Transformation Awards, called Wisconsin Urban Wood Utilization. Next year, Wudeward will select a winning project that demonstrates outstanding achievement in every phase of working with urban wood — from design, to specification, to application. Read More
Urban wood utilization hit a milestone on Friday, April 28, when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources signed a Green Tier Charter with Wisconsin Urban Wood. Through the charter, the DNR recognizes WUW as a leadership organization committed to ending urban wood waste and acting as the coordinating body between DNR and those interested in Read More