Indy Urban Hardwood is the creative problem solving of Brian Presnell and the introduction of urban milling into the Indianapolis design scene. Many cities across the Midwest are facing an excess of dying ash trees due to the emerald ash borer.  This epidemic has lead to the clearing of trees and a surplus of firewood around city curbs. Indy Urban Hardwood is hoping to save some of the wood that would ordinary be mulched or burned. After the raw wood is kiln dried it can be sold as slabs to local builders or made into custom furniture by our design team. Additionally, we are building relationships with furniture design students by offering discounted or donated wood. 


We’re trying to do a good thing and make good things.
— Brian Presnell

Our Goals

  • Stop burning trees
  • Educate the public about urban milling and responsible tree clearing
  • Use local wood to create custom furniture, casework, counter tops, etc.
  • Introduce more local goods into the building market
  • Create partnerships with tree removal services and contractors
  • Discount or donate lumber to students
Brian is a local furniture maker, designer, fabricator, and painter. He's also an alumni of Herron School of Art & Design. With over two decades of experience, this Haughville native is dedicated to Indianapolis and making a positive impact. brianpresnell.com

Brian is a local furniture maker, designer, fabricator, and painter. He's also an alumni of Herron School of Art & Design. With over two decades of experience, this Haughville native is dedicated to Indianapolis and making a positive impact. brianpresnell.com