Call them the “tree whisperers”.
Brothers Brittain and Ethan Flowers and their cousin, Jerrin Flowers, are with True Cut Saw Works, LLC, and they’ve been working at an old home on Main Street, located between Dogwood Memories and Blackshear Presbyterian Church.
The company, based in Townsend, is an arborist, tree service with a twist. True Cut provides eco-friendly residential and urban tree care with the aim of reclaiming and utilizing with as little wood waste as possible.
The Flowers family has long been involved in the timber industry with a logging operation based in Hortense.
Brittain saw opportunity in doing tree pruning and removal work — but in a unique way.
“Sometimes, trees have to be removed because they are too close to a home or they are at risk of falling on the house or a multitude of other reasons,” Flowers observes.
But, True Cut Saw Works takes a different approach than just coming in to cut down the tree and clean up the mess.
“Instead of being sent to local landfills to waste, we transform the timbers into custom lumber products that will be talked about for years to come,” he said. “That sentimental tree gets a completely new life.”
The Blackshear home where the Flowers were working in recent weeks was built in the 1930s. A wide front porch was added in the 1980s. An array of oaks and a magnolia or two fill the acre lot and over the years, disease, damage and overcrowding have taken its toll. One of the trees was growing up inside the front porch.
That’s where True Cut Saw Works came in to save the day.
“We have come in and made a plan about how to reform the canopy of the trees and also remove the trees that are causing potential hazard to the public and to the existing structures on the property,” said Brittain Flowers.
Brittain can usually be found dozens of feet in the air leaning from a bucket truck to prune trees with a chain saw. Ethan and Jerrin work below, handling logistics and clean up.
Their main focus here in town was to remove several high risk trees located less than HOW MANY? feet away from the home, including several that were leaning across the entire span of the roof. After removing several of the trees, the True Cut Saw Works crew began pruning and dead-limb removal on the trees the homeowner selected to remain on the property.
“The idea is to help those trees that remain to prosper and thrive,” Brittain says.
After the bulk of the removal and pruning work was completed, True Cut brought in a portable Wood Mizer sawmill.
Ethan runs the saw mill.
He will use the sawmill to convert the logs into lumber products.
“The products will not only be put back into the community, but most importantly will minimize the amount of salvageable wood that commonly goes to waste following large tree removals such as these,” says Brittain.
The oak and magnolia wood will most likely be used to make tables, counters and other furnishings. The wood that is too diseased to be used for furnishings, will be sold for firewood.
“The idea is to give it a practical use and keep it from filling up the landfill,” he says.
Brittian says furniture including tables and counters have become conversation starters in many homes around the area.
He also says he feels it is important to salvage forests in city areas.