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CitiWood Urban Forest Products

Listing #323   Listed on: 10/30/2010

WOODWEB Content Editor, Brett Hagstrom, Interviewed Ed Bath in 2011.

In September, 2003 Hurricane Isabel knocked down trees in Ed Bath’s mother’s yard in Richmond, Virginia. While woodworking has run in Ed’s family for years, the storm damage spurned his idea to purchase a portable sawmill to saw up the fallen trees for lumber. Now, almost ten years later, CitiWood Urban Forest Products is going strong recovering urban timber felled by tree services in the Richmond area.

Red and white oak logs are predominantly acquired from the tree services as well as gum and sycamore. Most of the logs Ed saws with his Lucas mill are around 40 inches in diameter, and some are up to 54 inches in diameter.

Lumber at the mill is air dried, and two solar kilns are used regularly. Ed built the solar kilns using poplar located on his property. The gum and sycamore lumber takes longer to dry and Ed mentions that they are a good test for the solar kilns’ drying strength.

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Lucas Mill

  Solar Kiln

  Log Trailer

  Skidder, Tractor, Shed

  Sling Chair - White Oak, Sunbrella Fabric

  Bar Stools - Red Oak, Custom Upholstery

  Gathering Table - White Oak Base, Concrete Top

Company Name:   CitiWood Urban Forest Products
Contact Name:   Ed Bath
Location:   Richmond, VA  23231
Year Founded:   2009
Sq. Footage:   2,700
Employees:   2
Gross Sales:   N/A

Product Specialties:
    Hardwood Lumber

Service Specialties:

Sawmill Equipment:
    Sawmills: Portable - Lucas
    Kilns - Custom Solar
    Kilns - Nyle L200
    Rolling Stock - Kubota Tractor
    Rolling Stock - Log Trailer/Auto Crane
    Rolling Stock - Lil Skidder

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When Ed started out sawing he did not have a covered building, let alone any building to place his sawmill in. Now a covered building built by Ed shields him and the mill from any rough weather. “Great satisfaction” is how Ed describes knowing that the lumber used for the building is his own and was sawn with his mill.

One piece of equipment Ed utilizes daily is his Kubota tractor. It is used to move logs at the mill and Ed states, it “is an amazing piece of equipment and an integral part of my operation.”

Another valuable piece of equipment used at the sawmill is a log skidder with a winch located on the frame. The winch enables logs to be hooked up by hand and moved to any location needed around the mill. The skidder is also used to unload and load logs delivered to or leaving the mill. One of Ed’s hauling trailer’s is equipped with a crane to help unload and load logs as well.

Currently Ed saws lumber for projects located on his property. Once an adequate amount of lumber is sawn and a stockpile is acquired lumber will be sold to clients. A retail shop on the property is in the works, along with the idea of selling woodworking items to clients in the near future.

Most of Ed's customers are local and includes woodworkers in the Richmond area. Advertising is through word of mouth, press releases, and local home shows.

Future plans for CitiWood Urban Forest Products include a large lumberyard on-site, contracts acquired through local governments (city and county) for sawing jobs, and a flooring section added to the mill. Regardless of what transpires, Ed will continue to turn trees “that would head to the dump into high volume finished products.”

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