On the website Apartment Therapy, they're running a buncha photos about a Pittsburgh bunch called the Urban Tree Forge. their mission statement: "From Urban Tree Forge's mission statement: Being firm believers in sustainability, our projects utilize wood from our own urban forest or recycled from within our community. By utilizing locally available and sustainable natural resources, we are removing trees from our landfills, and placing salvaged wood back into a productive life cycle. This also helps us to protect our state and national forests by reducing our reliance on them for our urban projects."
Sounds great. But the photos depict them cutting a nice, big silver maple log-- a maple log perhaps three feet in diameter-- into big, two and a half foot CUBES. Solid CUBES. Which will then be shaped, mildly, into "two solid wood chairs and two massive cube end tables."