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 is highly recommended to visit! Full of wood and all kinds of products made from it. All the wood comes from the city, where so much is cut every year that all Amsterdam furniture makers can be supplied with it, but it is not yet there, city wood only uses a small part of it, the rest is still shredded or sold on to traders. I come there about 1x every 2 months and that is always very nice and the longer I roam around, the more 'treasures' emerge, 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. We found a few more planks of the large Elm that stood right in front of the shop in Amsterdam's Pijp, the place where it all started. Because when another tree in the street was felled here a few years earlier, this was the reason for Cristow Schultz (the furniture maker) to set up the Stadshout Foundation together with his wife Marijke Hogers under the guise of 'No tree more from de Pijp' Since then they have inspired many other furniture makers. You now see the reuse of city trees by local woodworkers in more and more cities. Local wood has an enormous added value compared to 'Anonymous' wood of which the origin is unknown.
Also a 120 year old beech from Artis that fell on the monkey cage during an autumn storm in 2013 (that will be beautiful music boxes with a monkey on it!) and a field of Maple from Gustav Mahlerlaan that stood in the 'Varkensbosje' of the family Bofkont came out in the treasure room of city wood Amsterdam!