Courtesy of Angel City Lumber

Angel City Lumber saw a problem that needed solving in the world of wood

Sally Kuchar  – March 4, 2020 | Updated May 26, 2020

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Name: Angel City Lumber (Todd Cooper, Charles DeRosa, Jeff Perry, and Brady Zaitoon)

Type of work: Salvaged lumber from fallen Los Angeles trees 

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Established: 2015

Based out of: Los Angeles

Carpenter Jeff Perry saw a problem that needed fixing. He’d be buying white oak at the lumberyard for a lot of cash, and then witness big oak trees throughout the city being mulched up when they had lived out their lifespan. He was perplexed. Just because a beautiful tree expires as a living specimen, doesn’t mean it’s not useful anymore.

Angel City Lumber Reclaimed Tree Stump

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And so, Angel City Lumber was born. The company specializes in urban lumber from downed Los Angeles trees, and operates out of a 10,000 square foot warehouse in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. They recover between 15 to 30 trees a month—a lot of eucalyptus, cedar, oak, ash, and pine—and then mill, kiln-dry and sell them off a second life as something beautiful. “Utilizing salvaged lumber should be a standard for urban planning,” says partner Brady Zaitoon, “Transparency is the new sustainability.” 

“We’re like a bridge,” says Zaitoon. “We process raw materials into usable lumber. We specialize in urban lumber—people’s backyards and places like that. We give the design community an opportunity to reuse wood in Los Angeles after its living usefulness has expired.”

Not local to LA? From the PNW to the Southwest, here are the best salvage lumber yards to visit in the West.

PNW

Salvage Works 

2024 N Argyle, 

Portland 

salvageworkspdx.com

Southwest

Rangewood Reclaimers

By appointment only

16908 I-40 Frontage Road, 

Albuquerque

Islands

Waimanalo Wood

41 Waikupanaha St

Waimanalo, HI 

Mountains

Montana Timbers

2506 Jackrabbit Lane 

Belgrade, MT