Tim Brudnicki, the owner of Eau Claire Woodworks, discusses the headboards he is making for the Oxbow Hotel from recycled ash trees the city cut down to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer. Brudnicki is among local artisans making furniture and other items from felled ash trees as part of a partnership involving the city of Eau Claire and Wisconsin Urban Wood.
Previously, that wood has been churned into mulch or turned into pulpwood. But now, thanks to a partnership involving the city of Eau Claire, a Madison-based entity seeking to reuse downed urban trees and local artisans such as Brudnicki, those ash trees that lined many city boulevards are being used for other purposes.
“This is a great way of finding better uses for this wood that was otherwise going to a lesser purpose,” he said.