What’s Your Story?

Mike and Frank from the show American Pickers frequently talk about how the story of an item is often as important as the item itself. When they are buying an item they always try to get as many details as possible. And when they sell that item, they pass along the item’s story to the buyers, and this makes the item more valuable. It’s an interesting idea: the fact that two items that are exactly the same can have different values based just on their story.

You see this again and again on almost every show on television that sells something. Cars from Gas Monkey Garage or Counts Kustoms sell for more if they have an interesting story. Items on the show Pawn Stars certainly sell for more based on their story.

In Idaho, the native woods we get here are from softwoods. We don’t have hardwoods native to this state. So if you don’t know where your wood originated from like we do here at 208 Urban Timber, then chances are it was imported from out of the state or even out of the country.

So as a craftsman who may create and sell items, wouldn’t you prefer your materials have a story to tell that can add interest or value to your piece? Would you also like to get your materials from a local source vs. out of state or even out of the country? Would you also like to get all these benefits and SAVE money on these materials?

If so, then give us a call — because that is what 208 Urban Timber is all about. (208-519-1075) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/208UrbanTimber/

Below is an example story of a Black Locust that we have for sale.

Black Locust wood stacked


 This Black Locust is from Kootenai St (in Boise, ID) and was taken down by the local company Chavo Tree Service and saved from the landfill by 208 Urban Timber. It was milled right here by Tucker’s Timber.   This tree has traveled less than 50 miles and been touched only by people who call Idaho home.

Black Locust bookmatched planks

When a local woodworker purchases this lumber, we will be able to let them know where it came from, and after he creates his end product, that product will have lived its whole life here locally. It can be a topic of discussion at barbecues, as friends and family gather around the table that was created (or whatever product it now lives on as).

What’s your story?

2 years ago