“We’re used to big trees,” he said. “Some people don’t even know that walnut trees get that big.”
He also found ways to access material from old wooden buildings — and facilities like the University of Oregon’s old tennis courts — and even from the sea.
One stack of wood stored in his factory, waiting to be transformed, is from World War II cargo ships that had been deliberately sunk in Newport harbor after the war as part of a pier.
Seth San Filippo, owner of Urban Lumber, has moved into a new larger location in the old Booth Kelly Mill in Springfield. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)