Hoffman and Skinner are loggers, but their workplace is not a national forest or the wilderness of the great Northwest.
They are urban lumberjacks who harvest wood during the demolition of old buildings, then recycle it for use by remodelers and in new timber-frame homes."
William Recktenwald, "Old Wood's Second Life," The Chicago Tribune
Today it's part of a long-forgotten forest emerging from floors and walls of buildings across Portland and the nation. It's being retrieved by a growing industry of urban lumberjacks and quickly bought up, often at bargain prices, by builders who prize its unmatched beauty, durability and history.
—Michael Milstein, "Better with age," The Sunday Oregonian, January 23, 2005
When he noticed some dead and dying trees in the park, he asked park officials if he could clear them, in exchange for the wood, and they agreed. ...
He has learned, too, that wood is a highly sought-after commodity, especially in the city. Once when he went home on a break from his work, he returned to find the logs he ahd left on the ground stolen. It taught the urban lumberjack a lesson. " I"ve learned to haul it as I've cut it,' he said.
—William Green, "Urban Lumberjack, 75, Cuts Dead Trees In LR Park in Exchange for the Firewood," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 16, 1985