A few days ago I was once again visiting the charming little shop of Stadshout in the 2e Jan vd Heijdenstraat in Amsterdam. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday and really a must to enter! Full of wood and all kinds of products made of it. All the wood comes from the city, where so much is cut annually that all Amsterdam furniture makers can be provided, but that is not yet the case, city wood only processes a small part of it, the rest is still being shredded or sold on to traders. I come there about 1x per 2 months and that is every time very cozy and the longer I walk around there, the more 'treasures' come to the surface, because there is always a forgotten piece of wood somewhere in a corner or hidden behind a pile planks.
The harvest was again very surprising. So we found a few boards of the big Elm that stood right in front of the shop in the Amsterdam Pijp, place where it all started. Because a few years before another tree was cut down in the street, this was the reason for Cristow Schultz (the furniture maker) to set up Stichting Stadshout together with his wife Marijke Hogers under the guise of 'No more tree out of the Pipe'. they have inspired many other furniture makers. Reuse of city trees by local woodworkers can now be seen in more and more cities. Local wood has an enormous added value compared to 'Anonymous' wood whose origin is unknown.
Also a 120 year old beech from Artis who fell on the monkey pen during an autumn storm in 2013 (that will be nice music boxes with a monkey on it!) and a field Maple of the Gustav Mahlerlaan that was in the 'Varkensbosje' of the family Bofkont came out in the treasure room of city wood Amsterdam!