Our Beginning

Lumbercycle was born by students at Palomar College's woodworking program. Brett Ritchey is the current sawyer for Palomar College's Urban Forestry Program with volunteer help from Tom Hamilton and Paul Duffield. Their program is incredible, collecting trees from around the city and cutting the wood for their students to purchase for their class projects. It was promoting environmental consciousness and teaching students the importance of urban forestry and the beauty beneath the bark in our city. The only problem is that their program services only the small community at the school, whereas urban forestry and the wasteful reality behind tree removal in San Diego is so much larger, with larger potential to utilize more trees and get them into more hands and make our city a better place.


“There's a use for every part of a fallen tree. If there isn't, we'll find one.”

— Tom Hamilton, FOUNDER