Trees for Art

The idea for this program came about when the Hillsborough Public Space Manager offered to donate the Calvin Street Sothern Oak which was felled during Hurricane Florence. The lumber, donated by the town to the Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC), has become a joint Public Art Project of HAC, the Orange County Arts Commission, The Town of Hillsborough, and Orange County.  

Click here for a description and updates of the Calvin Street Southern Red Oak Treasure Tree Public Art Project.

The purpose of this newly developed, ongoing Trees for Art program is to reclaim parts of valuable local trees that have been cut down in order to: 

  • provide wood to artists for special public art projects (Phase 1: Treasure tree project, currently in process) 

  • sell the wood to create funding for Hillsborough Arts Council programs and operations (Phase 2: now beginning) and/or

  • distribute wood to woodworkers, woodturners and possibly students in exchange for art pieces donated to Hillsborough Arts Council for fundraising efforts (Phase 3: future).

Initially, we will be accepting donations of trees primarily from the Town of Hillsborough and selling the wood we collect as lumber for the first year in order to establish procedures (click here for a list of desired tree species). After that time we may expand our program to solicit donations of trees from local homeowners and to distribute wood to woodworkers and woodturners in exchange for a donation of a finished piece (made from the wood) to HAC (specifics yet to be developed).

If you are an Orange County woodworker or woodturner and would like to be notified of sales or distribution of wood by this program, please sign up via the form below. Questions about this program can be sent to Please note that we are not taking unsolicited tree donations at this time. 

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