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Full Circle: A Sustainable Approach to Urban Lumber

Inspiring, growing, and supporting a diversified wood economy

The Full Circle Approach to Urban Lumber

Deadwood Revival Design, in partnership with local nonprofit Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO), is excited to announce our new initiative, Full Circle: A Sustainable Approach to Urban Lumber.

Designed to embrace the full life-cycle of our urban forests--from planting trees to creating wood products made from urban lumber--the Full Circle project is setting out to change the way our community thinks about wood.


The Full Circle Project

The Full Circle project, funded through an Urban and Community Forestry grant from CAL FIRE, has multiple facets that excite and inspire us on a daily basis.  Starting with a robust tree planting initiative spearheaded by ECOSLO and leading to salvaging and processing urban logs (keeping them out of the landfill) by Deadwood Revival Design, this project leads to an increased supply of beautiful urban lumber in the local market and the creation of incredible heirloom furniture with a local connection to our wonderful community.  Read on to learn more.

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Tree Planting Initiatives

Spearheaded by ECOSLO in partnership with Deadwood Revival Design, the Full Circle project will plant 240 trees throughout the grant cycle.

Turning Logs into Lumber

Full Circle will keep 475+ urban logs out of the landfill, with Deadwood Revival Design milling and drying quality lumber and sequestering carbon along the way.

Furniture with a Story

While creating beautiful, heirloom furniture with a story, Deadwood Revival Design will work with partners to develop robust educational curricula and learning opportunities.


The Full Circle Project Includes:

  • Educational and outreach initiatives to share our passion for urban lumber

  • A wood donation program to local schools and community benefit projects (donation request process coming soon)

  • Tree planting initiatives with ECOSLO

  • Partnerships with North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension and Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design

  • Curricula development for primary and secondary schools, as well as urban wood professionals

  • Opportunities for community members to purchase local urban lumber and custom crafted finished goods

  • Log donation program for people who don't want their trees to go to waste

Importantly, the Full Circle project, through Deadwood Revival Design, is focused on salvaging urban trees, processing logs into lumber, and creating beautiful, heirloom furniture with a story.

"All our wisdom is stored in the trees."

Santosh Kalwar


Deadwood Revival Design

A skilled and passionate team of woodworkers, welders, designers, and dreamers who all believe that there is no substitute for exceptional quality and the utmost attention to detail. DRD subscribes to important principles like Sustainability, Environmental Responsibility, and Reducing The Carbon Footprint.

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The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) is a local, non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and acts to protect and enhance the natural environment and human well-being of San Luis Obispo County.

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Funding for this California climate investments grant project has been provided from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund administered by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Urban and Community Forestry Program.

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