bowlsMuch of Mike's wood comes from urban landfills. He uses ash, maple, American elm, myrtle, walnut, locust, box elder, and other varieties.

What is an urban landfill tree? These are the trees that have been removed from parks, easements and public properties around our towns. When trees become too old, too large, or diseased, they are removed due to hazard. The trees are then disposed of at a green waste site. They usually become firewood, pulp, or mulch. Sometimes they are left to rot. Mike salvages these trees and recycles them into beautiful, functional bowls.

Mike chooses his wood very carefully, selecting wood that is free of defects. He also selects wood that is highly figured.