Monthly archives: April, 2018

Urban Wood Movement Takes Woodworking Industry’s Biggest Stage in Atlanta

Growing demand for urban wood lumber and products is paramount to advancing the urban wood movement and cause.

One way to increase demand for urban wood begins with making woodworkers – particularly custom woodworkers – aware of the potential of using this under-utilized material in their cabinet, furniture and other projects.

The Urban Wood Network (UWN) aims to do just that by presenting a free 90-minute seminar August 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. IWF is the woodworking industry’s largest North American event; more than 17,000 professionals attended the show two years ago.

This actually represents an encore performance. More than 130 people registered for the urban wood utilization seminar at IWF 2016.

Representatives of three regional urban wood utilization efforts will present including Dwayne Sperber, representing UWN; Jennifer Alger, representing the West Coast’s new Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Lumber; and a third speaker to be announced soon representing the Southeast’s urban wood movement. Yours truly will moderate this panel of distinguished and passionate speakers. A big thanks to Wood-Mizer for signing on as the major sponsor of the program.

You can learn more about the IWF urban wood seminar: The Urban Wood Movement Is Now! Come Join the Movement in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured this month:
Watch a video to see how Hunski Hardwoods has established a successful business salvaging and milling felled urban trees in Sacramento, CA. It’s the 4th episode of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling series.

Make it a double feature by checking out a video showing how New York state deploys its fleet of 22 drones to get a bird’s-eye view for monitoring the health of its public and urban forests.

In case you missed the Spring Urban Wood Webcast presented by the Wood Education & Resource Center of the Northeast Forest Station, you can now view it on-demand. Included are updates on the Urban Wood Network, Virginia Urban Wood group, urban wood certification efforts and urban wood utilization in Kansas City, MO.

READ APRIL 2018 ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE

Don’t forget to share your urban wood stories, photos and experiences.

Until next month, enjoy!

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org



UWN to Present Free Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018

IWF URBAN WOOD SEMINAR SPONSORS

The urban wood movement is ready to charge into Atlanta for an encore performance at the International Woodworking Fair.

The newly formed Urban Wood Network is organizing a free 90-minute seminar, “The Urban Wood Movement Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Wood-Mizer, a leading manufacturer of portable sawmills and other wood processing equipment, is the lead sponsor of this unique program. Other sponsors include Richelieu Hardware, one of North America’s largest sources of cabinet and furniture hardware, Dynabrade, manufacturer of industrial sanding equipment, and Safety Speed Manufacturing, a U.S. manufacturer of vertical panel saws, widebelt sanders and other woodworking equipment.

More than 130 people registered for the first urban wood utilization seminar held during IWF 2016. This year’s session will highlight the national momentum of the urban wood movement by bringing together representatives of newly formed groups in the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast. Each of these expert presenters will highlight how urban wood use is taking root in his or her region.

Attendees of this free session will learn:

• The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell.
• The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood.
• How to find local sources of urban wood.
• How to join or start a local urban wood network.
• An opportunity to get answers to your questions from our expert panel.

Each of the presenters will discuss their personal passions and experiences of creating products and profits by using landscape and other urban forest trees felled by disease, storm damage, old age and other causes. Each of the presentations will shed light on opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

Confirmed presenters of the IWF urban wood seminar, include:

Jennifer Alger

Jennifer Alger is CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA, a family-owned business that actively works to promote the use of local native species and underutilized logs including reclaimed urban wood. For almost two decades she has been a regional representative for Wood-Mizer portable sawmills. She has presented at several urban log and lumber utilization workshops and seminars focused on marketing, growing and operating a small sawmill business. Most recently Jennifer has formed and is the president of Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods Inc., the West Coast’s first urban lumber trade network.

 

Dwayne Sperber

Dwayne Sperber is owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI. He has worked tirelessly to build awareness and markets for the abundance of wood from urban trees. Sperber is a founding partner of Wisconsin Urban Wood, a nonprofit focused on building networks of people and businesses that links material streams and availability of quality urban wood products and services across the state. He also is an appointed member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council and represents Wisconsin in the Urban Wood Network.

 

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Rich Christianson

The session will be moderated by Rich Christianson, the former long-time editorial director of Woodworking Network and now owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications company focused on the North American woodworking industry. Through his role as communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, Rich represents Illinois in the Urban Wood Network, which also includes urban wood groups in Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, plus individual companies and entities located east of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Lead sponsor Wood-Mizer LLC of Indianapolis, IN, (IWF booth #6575) is a manufacturer of portable and stationary sawmills, sawblades and other wood processing equipment and accessories.

“With Wood-Mizer wood processing equipment, diseased and dying city trees can find new life in a piece of furniture that could have otherwise gone to waste,” said Darryl Floyd COO of Wood-Mizer. “Throughout the past decade, Wood-Mizer has seen a major influx of successful businesses who are utilizing urban sourced wood for their sawmilling operations and we are proud to manufacture a product that enables small businesses to be profitable with an underutilized resource. While Wood-Mizer has been educating woodworkers about the positive environmental and economic impact of urban wood for years, the Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018 will continue to be a step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

While the IWF Urban Wood Utilization seminar is being presented free of charge, attendees must register to guarantee a seat at the program. Learn more and register.

For information about becoming a seminar sponsor and general inquiries, contact Rich Christianson at 773-822-6750; richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

About the Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network (UWN) operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. UWN has opened up membership to other state urban wood organizations as well as individual companies and entities. The four state partners include:
Illinois Wood Utilization Team;
Michigan Urban Wood;
Missouri Department of Conservation; and
Wisconsin Urban Wood.

 

About the International About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest industrial woodworking event. IWF 2018 is scheduled for August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must-attend” show for manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, flooring and other secondary wood products. IWF 2016 attracted more than 17,000 woodworking professionals and featured more than 1,100 exhibitors from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

 



Video: How NY Uses Drones to Inspect Urban Tree Canopies

The use of drones to monitor and inspect urban forests was the subject of a two-part series published by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC has a fleet of 22 unmanned aerial vehicles that are deployed to enhance the state’s environmental management, conservation and emergency response efforts, as well as monitor the health of urban forests.

For example, DEC outfitted drones with UAV natural color sensors to map damage to thousands of acres of pine trees by the invasive southern pine beetle on Long Island. What would have taken several days to map, was completed in mere hours.

For more information, watch the video and check out the stories: Part 1 and Part 2.

 

 



April 3 WERC Urban Wood Webcast Available On-demand

The Wood Education and Resource Center’s Spring Urban Wood Webcast, held Wednesday, April 3, is now available on-demand.

Presentations featured in the two-hour webcast included:

  > Update on the Urban Wood Network by Don Peterson, Glacierland Resource Conservation & Development Council;

  > Urban Wood Utilization in Kansas City, MO, by Kevin Lapointe, city forester of Kansas City; and Tim O’Neill, owner, The Urban Lumber Company;

  > Urban Wood Certification Efforts and Carbon Content of Urban Wood Products by Katie Fernholz, Dovetail Partners;

> Wisconsin’s Guidance/Standard for Using Locally Produced Structural Lumber by Collin Buntrock, Wisconsin DNR; and

  > Virginia Urban Wood Update, Joe Lehnen, VA Department of Forestry.

The WERC is a USDA Forest Service facility located in Princeton, WV.

 

Click here to access the Spring 2018 and previous webcasts
archived by WERC.



Video: Urban Sawmilling in Sacramento

Episode IV of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling video series profiles Hunski Hardwoods of Sacramento, CA. Hunski was established in 2010 by James Hunsaker and his son Nick to salvage diseased and dying trees. The company mills them into high-quality slabs and lumber.