Furniture from unwanted urban trees
Connecticut brothers Ted and Zeb Esselstyn, co-founders of City Bench, create one-of-a kind furniture from unwanted urban trees.
Each year, cities are forced to remove thousands of trees—some diseased, and some just due to maintenance. The vast majority are put into landfills or mulched, generating more than 16 million tons of green waste a year. City Bench intercepts these logs before they are dumped or chipped, transforming once-majestic oaks and evergreens into handcrafted tables, chairs and benches. Every piece City Bench creates has a story—its “birth certificate” is embedded in the wood.
ShadeFund provided Ted and Zeb a $20,000 loan for the purchase of a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill, so that they could continue to create these unique works of art.