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Recycled Lumber in the City of Mill Valley

If you were to take a walk from City Hall to Hauke Park today, you would come across two of the latest examples of the City’s Salvaged Wood Program, founded by Parks Superintendent Rick Misuraca. The program uses felled trees as lumber for city construction projects and as material for local artists. In the foyer of City Hall, you would find a beautifully crafted wood bench, and as you headed from Bayfront to Hauke Park, you would encounter beautiful redwood re-decking on the bridge that connects the two parks.

Recycled Lumber Bench The Bench
Crafted by the renowned local woodworking artist Tripp Carpenter, the bench was made from a donated Sequoia tree and milled right here in Mill Valley.

Tripp designed the bench in the motif of the “Wishbone Chair,” a design crafted and made famous by his father, Art Espenet Carpenter. Art, who passed away last year, was pivotal figure in the woodworking community, and whose original work helped inspire the sculptural style of West Coast furniture design. His pieces have been collected in the Smithsonian and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Art also designed a number of tables and chairs for the Mill Valley Public Library.

Tripp continues his father’s tradition of fine woodworking through his company Espenet Furniture Designs in Bolinas. The bench was displayed earlier this year at the Marin County Fair by the non-profit organization Marin ReLeaf, to promote sustainable forestry.

The City of Mill Valley is grateful to receive such a beautiful piece of furniture with a rich history and connection to the local Arts and Crafts community. You can see the bench on display at the Fall Arts Festival the weekend of September 15th & 16th or by stopping by City Hall during open hours.

Recycled LumberThe Bridge
After years of enduring the elements and daily foot and bike traffic, the decking boards on the bridge between Bayfront and Hauke Park were wearing thin. Repair was needed, and recycled lumber from the Salvaged Wood Program fit the bill.

This summer, crewmembers from the City’s Parks Department made the needed repairs to the bridge, replacing the old decking with new redwood lumber. Redwood was chosen for the bridge re-decking because of it’s of its beauty, durability and weatherability. The new decking looks beautiful and will last for many years to come.

The Salvaged Wood Program mills lumber right here in Mill Valley with trees that have fallen due to high wind or storms, trees removed for safety, or from donations from professional tree services. A variety of trees are used for city projects, including pine, eucalyptus, acacia, black walnut, oak and redwood.

Care and consideration for the environment is a longstanding tradition in Mill Valley. The City of Mill Valley continues this tradition by dedicating itself to the protection of air quality, waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and the protection of wildlife and habitat.
Last updated: 12/11/2007 2:39:46 PM