Live-Edge Slabs from NYC with Roger Benton – 360w360 E.256

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, we talk with Roger Benton, co-owner of Re-Co BKLYN (, a woodworking shop that builds fine furniture and produces live-edge slabs and boards. And the majority of the lumber is taken directly out of the city’s waste stream. Roger shares how the business got started, and reveals a few facts about New York city and its vast lumber resources.

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Waste to Winner

Roger Benton and co-owner Dan Richfield established Re-Co BKLYN while looking for a supply of sustainable slabs they could use in their furniture. They soon discovered that to get the the wood they were after meant that they would have to “make it themselves.” Re-Co BKLYN works with arborists, tree services and city parks departments to find and reclaim trees in the city that have fallen due to storm damage, safety hazards or to make way for urban expansion – you won’t believe the number of species they come across.

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