Only in Arkansas: Love of Lumber Inspires Launch of Conway Business

CONWAY, Ark. - It's something you see everyday, but maybe not something you think about working with...
 
One Arkansas man took his love of lumber and launched a local business. 
 
"I just fell in love with the wood..."
 
Three years ago, the doors opened here at Urban Timbers in Conway.
 
"We began to see there's a really great natural resource that was being just wasted," Jeremy Newton said.
 
For Jeremy, Urban Timbers was simply organic. He owns a residential and commercial tree service and needed a way to get rid of the trees. 
 
"So I built a bigger barn to the hold the wood, and then I built another one... and pretty sure I was like 'I'll never be able to use all this wood in my lifetime,'" Jeremy said.
 
Then, he followed in the footsteps of family.
 
"I was first introduced to wood-working probably when I was about 12 by my grandfather," Jeremy explained.
 
Like his dad's dad, he bought a sawmill, starting cutting, and a few years later opened his second business.
 
"Every piece in here has its own story," Jeremy said.
 
Urban Timbers has plenty of uniquely made products - from chairs, to benches, to tables - of possibly soon to be extinct Ash wood. 
 
"In five to 10 years time, this type of lumber... you're not going to be able to see it anymore," Jeremy said.
 
Jeremy blames the Emerald Ash borer. 
 
Urban Timbers also sells bulk wood so you can build your own.
 
In fact, this company even finds beauty below the soil. 
 
"This is basically a root. We were able to dig it up out of the ground. As you can see, there's rocks all imbedded in here. This would go really well once cleaned up. You could use it as a piece of art," Jeremy said.
 
A local business you can only find in Arkansas... turning a love for trees into works of wood art. 
 
For more on Urban Timers, click here
 

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