Monthly archives: June, 2017

Michigan Urbanwood Tour Set for July 28

A tour of urban wood businesses and projects in and around greater Ann Arbor, MI, is scheduled for Friday, July 28. The tour will shed light on a variety of innovative ways that dead and dying community trees are being put to use.

Tour stops include:

• Urban Ashes, an artisan picture frame and furniture maker in Saline, MI;
• Recycle Ann Arbor’s Birge Urbanwood Center, an urban lumber marketplace;
• AADL’s Traverwood Branch, a green building that uses local salvaged logs;
• Michigan State University’s Shadows Program, an program that makes collectibles from campus trees;
Tervol’s Wood Products, a local family-owned sawmill; and
• Birge Urbanwood Center Woodworker Showcase, a one-day exhibition of urban wood furniture, artwork and more.

Lunch and refreshments are included in the $20 registration fee.

The tour is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, July 14. RSVP is required as seating is limited.

The event is hosted by the Sustainable Resources Alliance (formerly the SE Michigan RC&D Council) and Recycle Ann Arbor. Funding for this event is from the Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle grant project which is supported by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Click here to learn more and to register.



Entries Sought for Urbanwood Showcase in Ann Arbor

Birge-Urbanwood-Showcase-LogoEntries are being accepted until July 7 for an Urbanwood Woodworker Showcase to celebrate the dedication of the Birge Urbanwood Center at the Recycle Ann Arbor’s (RAA) Reuse Cente, 2420 S. Industrial. Entries will compete for two “Best of Show” awards that in addition to bragging rights, includes gift certificates worth $500 in urban wood product merchandise from the Birge Urbanwood Center. The center was renamed in honor of Bill Birge, a long-time champion of urban wood utilization who recently retired from the RAA Board.

Woodworkers, hobbyists and artists are invited to enter the showcase. Submitted furniture and artistic objects must be made from at least 50% reclaimed or salvaged wood.

Click here to learn more and to access the entry form.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Simons at info@urbanwood.org.



Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Invites Businesses to List Their Products & Services

Urban-Wood-Exchange-Logo 209214Raleigh, NC  — The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange encourages all businesses in the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 8 with a stake in the urban wood movement to quickly and easily list their products and services for free at UrbanWoodExchange.org.

UrbanWoodExchange.org is a new clearinghouse for businesses ranging from professional tree care and removal services through sawyers, kiln dryers and lumber suppliers to connect and create local urban wood networks. The Urban Wood Exchange features a searchable database that helps users find urban wood providers in their state.

Businesses can list their products and services by simply logging onto UrbanWoodExchange.org. Product listings include Cut Logs, Milled Lumber and Firewood/Chips. Service listings include Arborists, Sawyers, Kiln Operators and Lumber Sellers.

An underlying mission of the Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is helping to facilitate the highest and best possible use of community trees at the end of their service. These trees are felled due to old age, insect infestation, storm damage, utility excavation and other circumstances. They are never meant to be removed, however, solely for their wood value.

“Our goal is to encourage utilization of urban wood on the local level including producing sustainable lumber for use in municipal projects and by professional and hobbyist woodworkers,” said Nancy Stairs, Urban Forestry Program Coordinator of the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS). “By treating removed urban trees as a resource the costs associated with the removal and disposal of trees are reduced and the amount of urban wood in the waste stream is minimized.”

The Urban Wood Exchange is hosted by the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, in partnership with the NC Forest Service’s Urban & Community Forestry Program and funded through the USFS Southern Region 8. The Exchange serves 13 states extending from Florida to Texas on the south and Virginia to Oklahoma on the north.

Register your urban wood products and services or learn more at UrbanWoodExchange.org.

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About the Urban Wood Exchange
The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is a free online directory of urban wood products and services funded through the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region 8. Region 8 encompasses the following 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information visit UrbanWoodExchange.org.



‘No Wood Wasted’ Theme of NC Urban Forest & Small Woodlot Workshop

No-Wasted-Wood-Supply-ChainThe North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program is organizing a workshop and networking event addressing the growing demand  for locally sourced wood. The event one-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center, in Research Triangle Park.

The organizers are encouraging all stakeholders from foresters and arborists through woodworkers and municipal managers to attend. The workshop will address the business case for small woodlot and urban wood utilization; challenges and solutions for diverting wood from landfills into high-quality products; and the branding and marketing potential for local materials and small businesses.

The workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program, through funding from the USDA Forest Service, and in partnership with North Carolina State University and Dovetail Partners.

 Learn more and register.



Wood-Mizer Issues Call for Personal Best Contest Entries

Wood-Mizer-Personal-Best-ContestWood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, is accepting entries for its 2017 Personal Best Contest.

Since 1985, the contest has provided Wood-Mizer sawmill owners in the United States and Canada an  opportunity to showcase their dream projects built with lumber from their mill. Categories include homes, barns, cabins, sheds, tables and gazebos.

Twenty-five winners will share more than $20,000 in prize credits that can be used toward the purchase of any WoodMizer products, parts or accessories.

Contestants who submit their entry forms and photos by the June 14 deadline will receive a Wood-Mizer sports hat.

The final deadline for entering is July 31.

For more information abut the contest, rules and to enter, click here.

Related: See article about  urban wood-related  winners of Wood-Mizer’s 2016 Business Best contest.