Felled city trees could grow a new lumber economy

A variety of pieces are displayed in the showroom of Urban Hardwoods. (The Pew Charitable Trusts/TNS)

Peter Peterson, left, master sawyer with Urban Hardwoods, inspects a cut of an elm tree as operations manager Dave Hunzicker looks on. The Seattle-based company builds furniture out of salvaged urban trees that are supplied from within 15 miles of its shop. (The Pew Charitable Trusts/TNS)

SEATTLE — When a tree falls in the city, does it make a table? Or a guitar or a cabinet?