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Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood Display

By Rich Christianson

It’s only appropriate that Jeff Perkis’ first commissioned custom woodworking project was made with urban wood salvaged from a vicious July 2012 storm that severely crippled nearly 200 old-growth trees in Reed Kepler Park of West Chicago, IL.

Perkis used red oak milled from one of the downed trees to create a display stand for a historic train bell. It will become a permanent exhibit at the West Chicago City Museum.

A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Perkis is an architect by trade but has taken up woodworking in a basement shop of his home in Wheaton. “The thing that happened at Reed Keppler Park and all of the trees that were storm damaged really kind of pulled me into urban wood and that’s become my woodworking niche,” Perkis said. “We were able to reclaim a lot of this urban wood for a higher purpose instead of seeing it turned into firewood or mulch.”

Perkis was commissioned by West Chicago to design and fabricate the stand for the brass bell owned by Lorenzo Coverarrulias, a long-time resident of West Chicago. Coverarrulias grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico near the Southern Pacific rail yard. The sound of train bells has always been like music to his ears. He purchased the 80-pound, 1-foot diameter bell from a Lombard salvage yard in in the early 1960s.

Trains and train bells also reserve a special place in West Chicago’s heritage. The town was once called Turner Junction among others and home to a large switching yard in serving as a major hub for freight trains that came in and out of Chicago.

Coverallulias’ bell has been displayed at West Chicago’s annual Railroad Days festival several times over the years. “In the past they either rented stands or just used makeshift 2x4s to display it,” Perkis said. “For a while they have wanted a stand built for it. Knowing that there was a log of wood available from the storm, it just seemed like a good idea that the stand be built from that wood and that the bell would be kept at the museum in West Chicago.”

Arts and Crafts’ Inspired
Perkis designed the 4-foot-wide by 4-foot-eight-inch-high stand in an arts and crafts style. “I tried to take some cues from some of the historical buildings of West Chicago. I also drew inspiration from the famous architect firm Greene & Green who were big in the arts and crafts movement around the turn of the last century.”

Perkis said red oak was a good match for the project. “Red oak is a beautiful, sturdy wood and is a favorite among furniture makers. It has a great smell when working with it,” he said. Perkis added black walnut accents to the stand. The display was expertly finished by Ken Wier, owner of i2i Design of Wood Dale. i2i specializes in the manufacture of custom furniture made with urban wood.

Both the red oak and black walnut lumber was milled by Perkis’ uncle Ron Meyers, owner of Meyers Woodworking & Lumber of Batavia. (Meyers Woodworks is among dozens of custom sawmills included in the Illinois Small Sawmill directory.)

Meyers also supplied lumber salvaged from the savage storm to the ITT Technology Architecture & Furniture course taught by Associate Professor Paul Pettigrew. Perkis, who helped instruct some of those classes, estimated that some 200 objects have been made from the reclaimed urban wood over the last three years.

“I grew up playing baseball, football and soccer at Reed Keppler Park,” Perkis said. “When I was working on the stand, I found myself wondering which tree exactly this wood may have come from. I felt and still do feel very proud that I was able to give this wood from such a devastating event a chance to continue to be enjoyed by the community. I hope this will help others see that there is an opportunity for a higher use of wood from our own backyards.”

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Trees Downed in 2012 Storm Crafted into Stand for Local Bell

Urban wood bell stand

The red oak and black walnut bell stand, now a permanent part of the West Chicago City Museum’s collection, is surrounded from left to right by Tom Tawney, Lorenzo Covarrubias, Fernando Ramirez, Jeff Perkis, Mayor Ruben Pineda and Sara Phalen.

West Chicago, Illinois: August 28, 2015 Downed trees from the storm that hit Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago on July 1, 2012 continue to give back to the community more than three years later through the talents of architect, woodworker and former resident Jeff Perkis.

The City of West Chicago commissioned Perkis to create a lasting legacy that celebrates the heritage and culture of many of its residents It will play a major role in the upcoming Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration, to be held downtown on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

A four-foot tall, solid red oak bell stand with walnut accents, sturdy enough to hold the approximately 80-pound train bell, which has been at the center of the spirited historical re-enactment of El Grito de la Independencia or the Cry of Independence, was built with the repurposed wood that Perkis and his uncle, Ron Myers, milled a couple of months after the storm.

As a member of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (WUT), as well as a member of the Chicago Furniture Design Association (CFDA), Perkis is a specialist in sustainable design utilizing urban wood. He created Out of the Woods after the storm hit and worked with architecture students and Associate Professor Paul Pettigrew at the Illinois Institute of Technology to design and fabricate various pieces of extraordinary works of art.

Perkis became aware of the need for the bell stand following an introduction to West Chicago resident, Tom Tawney, who also has strong ties to the community. Tawney’s father-in-law, Lorenzo Covarrubias, emigrated from Mexico in 1957 as one of the first Mexican families to settle in West Chicago. He holds the distinction of being West Chicago’s Patron de la Campana, or Patron of the Bell, and has offered the use of his bell for West Chicago’s El Grito for the past 23-years. However, over the years, its makeshift stand was worn and in need of replacement.

The two men agreed to work together on a design, and the City agreed to underwrite the cost of the labor and materials to build a new stand.  From a design standpoint, the decision was made to replicate some of the styles already existing within the community, particularly the Arts and Crafts style of many of the homes in the area. Perkis also referenced work done by architect brothers Greene and Greene, and ended up translating elements of these designs into his own. His fine craftsmanship and woodworking skills produced a stand that is strikingly beautiful and worthy of the momentous historic event that it celebrates.

The project has come to have great significance for Perkis, and he became introspective recently about its meaning for him. “I grew up playing baseball, football and soccer at Reed-Keppler Park. I spent a large part of my childhood in that Park”.

He continues to wonder from which exact tree this wood may have come, and if he had seen it in the Park before? “I found myself reminiscing about many childhood memories. I felt, and still do feel, very proud that I was able to give this wood, from such a devastating event, a chance to continue to be enjoyed by the community. I am happy that not all the wood from that storm was turned into firewood or mulch, and I hope this will help others to see that there is opportunity for a higher use of wood from our own backyards.”

Perkis presented the new bell stand to the West Chicago City Museum on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, surrounded by fellow residents Tom Tawney and Lorenzo Covarrubias, Mayor Ruben Pineda, Museum Director Sara Phalen and Mexican Cultural Center DuPage’s President and event organizer, Fernando Ramirez. Perkis plans on using some of the saw dust and wood chips he collected from the project to make paper on which he will print the details of the stand’s creation so that it will “tell its story” for future generations. The stand will become part of the City’s permanent collection and remain at the Museum when it is not being used at the City event.



IllinoisUrbanWood’s Top 10 Countdown

By Rich Christianson

The eyes have it!

The final votes are in and the Top 10 most-viewed posts on IllinoisUrbanWood.org are known.

Activity on the Illinois Urban Wood Utilization Team’s website finished 2016 with 7, 349 visitors who clicked through 17,412 pages. Both of these totals are more than double that of 2015.

Here’s a quick reverse-order recap of the most popularly viewed posts last year.

10. Video: Tom The Sawyer Mills Black Walnut for Figure
Tom Hogard, aka Tom The Sawyer, of Eudora, KS, demonstrates how to maximize the figure of logs with “flaws” including sweep or crotches. Read more.

9. Woodworking Enthusiasts Get a Taste of Urban Wood
Woodworkers of all ages get an opportunity to craft products from wood salvaged from Chicago Park District trees. Read more.

8. Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood Display
Jeff Perkis used red oak milled from one of the downed trees to create a display stand for a historic train bell. It will become a permanent exhibit at the West Chicago City Museum. Read more.

7.  Illinois Sawmill Directories Updated
The Forestry Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently released a pair of newly updated sawmill directories, one featuring custom sawyers and the other dedicated to stationary sawmilling operations. Read more.

6. Passions Flow at IWF Urban Wood Seminar
Three presenters – representing three very diverse business models – chorused their praise for urban wood during a unique seminar held Aug. 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Read more.

5. Diverse Audience Unites at Urban Wood Event
Arborists, foresters, sawyers, architects, woodworkers and other professionals came together at the Bringing the Urban Wood Full Circle Conference to learn and share ideas for propelling the urban wood market. Read more.

4. Couple ‘Sacrificed Our Entire Lives’ for Urban Wood Business
Rob and Zoe Bocik left the 9-to-5 rat race six years ago to pursue their dream of milling lumber and crafting furniture, jewelry and other products from local trees otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill. Read more.

3. Arborist Pursues His Passion with Urban Wood Start-up
Dobnick Timberworks has joined the Illinois urban wood  movement, opening up a lumber and custom wood products business in Oswego, IL. Read more.

2. Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners Strut Their Stuff
The Urban Wood Products Showcase, featured at the March 2016 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, shined a bright spotlight on the design creativity of the entries that ranged from tables and wall hangings to a bell stand and soccer ball all crafted from urban wood. Read more.

1. First Release: Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide
A new national directory dedicated to helping connect tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and other urban wood enthusiasts was recently released by the Urban Forest Full Circle Network. Read more.



Editor’s Note: Urban Wood Conference Details Coming Soon

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the second edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update. We’re excited to bring you the latest news and notes about Illinois’ burgeoning urban wood marketplace.

We hope you read and enjoy this month’s stories, including about how a Chicago area architect and custom woodworker crafted a display stand for a historic bell from a red oak tree salvaged from a savage storm in West Chicago.

We need and want to report on more of these types of success stories. So send us yours to info@illinoisurbanwood.org.

Come Get Involved! September 1 Team Meeting
The Illinois Wood Utilization Team will meet 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, September 1 at the Horner Park Fieldhouse, 2741 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago.

Agenda items include:

Updates on the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference being planned for March 2016 (Date and location to be announced soon!)

Upcoming Chicago Furniture Designers Association Show

Urban wood projects by students of the Architecture & Furniture course at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Discussion about FSC certification for urban wood harvested from forest preserve districts

Update on the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s wood fuel project

Highlights of the Chicago Park District’s urban wood programs and a tour of Horner Park’s wood shop

All interested urban wood stakeholders are welcome. Please RSVP by contacting Mathew Baxley at baxley2@illinois.edu.

Those that cannot physically attend the meeting are invited to participate via a conference call at 888-585-9008. Use passcode 541 462 192.

If we don’t see you, we at least hope to hear you at the September 1 meeting!



Blogs

05/23/18 – JUN 18 Update: Woodworking Industry Takes Notice of Urban Wood Movement

05/23/18 – MAY 18 Update: Researchers Sound the Alarm on Urban Tree Loss

04/25/18 – APR 18 Update: Urban Wood Movement Takes Woodworking Industry’s Biggest Stage in Atlanta

03/29/18 – MAR 18 Update: Sign Up for Free Urban Wood Network Webinar

02/27/18 – FEB 18 Update: Icon Modern Hosts Architectural Woodworkers

01/25/18 – JAN 18 Update: Arts Initiative Pays Homage to Chicago Park District Trees

12/30/17 – DEC 18 Update: Join the Urban Wood Network

12/22/17 – And the Most Viewed Urban Wood Stories of 2017 Are …

11/21/17 – NOV 18 Update: Come Feel the Heat! ISTC Wood Waste Boiler Demo

11/13/17 – Grand Rapids Tree Awards Create Urban Wood Plot Lines

11/07/17 – Every Urban Tree Tells a Story, Got One to Share?

10/27/17 – OCT 18 Update: Tree ‘Cookies’ Make Nifty Award Plaques

09/29/17 – SEP 18 Update: Spurned Woodworker Turns to Toronto for Urban Ash Lumber

08/24/17 – AUG 18 Update: House Supports Urban Forestry Funding

07/26/17 – JUL 18 Update: Check It Out: UrbanWoodNetwork.org is Up & Running!

07/03/17 – Pacific Coast Lumber Owner Has His Urban Wood Elevator Speech Down Pat

05/27/17 – Duluth’s EAB Plan Promotes Wood Use; Does Your City Do the Same?

01/02/17 – IllinoisUrbanWood’s Top 10 Countdown

12/12/16 – Book Chronicles Urban ‘Wood to Table’ Movement

11/13/16 – IL WUT’s Global Reach

09/14/16 – Let’s Make Urban Wood a Household Name

07/26/16 – IWF Urban Wood Seminar Sponsors Help Spread the ‘Word’

05/21/16 – Great News! Urban Wood Shines in WI Hotel Makeover

02/15/16 – Thank You Urban Wood Conference Supporters!

01/28/16 – Daily Double Discount: Hardwood Lumber & Urban Forest Events

11/29/15 – Five Top Reasons to Sponsor the Bringing the Urban Forestry Full Circle Conference

10/29/15 – Keep Spreading the News!

09/23/15 – Woodworking Enthusiasts Get a Taste of Urban Wood

08/25/15 – Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood Display

06/23/15 – Photo Gallery: Color Point Greenhouse Operations

06/14/15 – Color Point Pushes Sustainable Wood Usage with Wood-Fired Greenhouse

06/05/15 – Hats Off to an Urban Wood Pioneer



Contact Us / Newsletter

MAY 2018 – 95 Chicagoland Communities Take Sustainability Pledge; 36M Urban Trees Lost Annually; VT Braces for EAB Invasionil-wut-newsletter-11-16Got a Good Urban Wood Story to Share?
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ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES

JUN 2018 – Woodworking Industry Supports Urban Wood Movement; Video Introduces West Coast Urban Wood Group; Wood-Mizer Makes Major Acquisition

MAY 2018 – 95 Chicagoland Communities Take Sustainability Pledge; 36M Urban Trees Lost Annually; VT Braces for EAB Invasion

APR 2018 – Encore Urban Wood Seminar Planned for IWF; Sawmilling Urban Trees in Sacramento; How NY Uses Drones to Monitor Urban Canopy

MAR 2018 – 31 States Infested by EAB; VA Urban Wood Group Launches Website; Urban Wood Network Slates Webinar

FEB 2018 – Chicago AWI Members Tour Icon Modern, Milling an Urban Honey Locust Log, Project Aims to Set Unified Certification Standards for Urban Wood

JAN 2018 – Chicago Tree Project Turns Dying Trees into Art; Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest; Tree Service Magazine Focuses on Utilizing Urban Wood

DEC 2017 – Invitation to Join the Urban Wood Network, Top Urban Wood Stories of 2017, IL Architect Takes the ‘LEED’ in Urban Wood Movement

NOV 2017 – Grand Rapids Tree Awards; Reclaiming Wood from Historic Philadelphia Buildings; Pioneering Urban Wood Use in Austin, TX

OCT 2017 – Tree ‘Cookie’ Award Plaques; Why Schmidt Custom Floors Joined Urban Wood Movement; ISTC’s Wood Biomass Project; Video: Richmond Hill’s EAB Management Strategy

SEP 2017 – Woodworker Denied Use of City Ash Trees Finds Other Sources; Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Gains Momentum; U.S. Urban Forest Inventory Updated

AUG 2017 – Wind-Downed Tree Turned into Trustee Furniture; Wood-Mizer Launches Urban Wood Video Series; How Raleigh, NC, Reuses Park Trees

JUL 2017 – Urban Wood Network Launches Website; Milling a Huge Burr Oak Log; Pacific Coast Lumber Owner’s Urban Wood Elevator Speech

JUN 2017 – Southeast Urban Wood Exchange invites Businesses to Get Listed; Urban Wood Tour Scheduled in Michigan; Wood-Mizer Issues Call for Contest Entries

MAY 2017 – WunderWoods Sawmill from Down Under; Wisconsin Urban Wood Signs on as State DNR Green Tier Charter; Duluth’s EAB Plan Includes Wood Use

APR 2017 – Four Urban Wood Businesses Win Wood-Mizer Awards; Urban Wood Furniture Showcased at Iowa Home Expo; Woody Biomass Intel from U.S. Forest Service

MAR 2017 – Retirement Hobby Turns into an Urban Wood Business; Community Trees Power St. Paul Power Grid; Indiana Tree Service Branches Out into Urban Wood Furniture

FEB 2017 – Video: Be a Smart Ash, Denver!; Horigan Urban Forest Products Relaunches Website; TV News Features Restore’s Rescued Wood  Project; Repurposing Urban Wood Waste as Biomass

JAN 2017 – TCIA Terminates Urban Forest Use ANSI Project; Oak Park Learning Center Goes LEED Platinum; Wisconsin Restore Mills Urban Wood; Top 10 Posts of 2016

DEC 2016 – Book Chronicles Urban ‘Tree to Table’ Movement; Dobnick Timberworks Launches; Cover Treatment for Wisconsin Urban Wood

NOV 2016 – Focus on Urban Wood Businesses: David Stein Custom Woodworking; Urban Lumber of Kansas City, MO; and Urban Hardwoods of Seattle

OCT 2016 – Scenes from the 34th Illinois Arborist Association Convention; TigerStop Embraces Urban Wood Message; Webcast Captures Urban Wood Activities in Six States

SEP 2016 – Chicago Woodworker Taps Chicago’s Urban Forest; Let’s Make Urban Wood a Household Name; Cotinummunity Firewood

AUG 2016 – Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide Released; IWF Seminar a Great Success; UrbanWoodExchange.org Launches; Milling Black Walnut for Figure Video

JUL 2016 – IWF Seminar Aims to Demystify Urban Wood Use; Sterling Lumber Wins Two Awards

JUN 2016 – Urban Wood Directory Listings Sought; Chicago Botanic Garden Exhibit

MAY 2016 – Urban Wood Stars in IWF Seminar; Couple ‘Sacrificed Our Lives’ for Urban Wood Business

APR 2016 – Urban Wood Products Showcase Photo Galleries; Urban Wood at Canadian A&D Show

MAR 2016 – Full Circle Conference Wrap Up; Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners

FEB 2016 – Widespread Support for Bringing the Urban Forest Circle Event; ASLA & AIA Offer CEUs

JAN 2016 – Urban Wood Conference Topics Go Full Circle; An Urban Wood Boardwalk

DEC 2015 – Registration Opens for Urban Wood Conference; IL Sawmill Directory Being Updated

NOV 2015 – IL Wood Utilization Team Tours Bernhard Woodwork; Top Reasons to Sponsor Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference

OCT 2015 – IL Drops EAB Quarantine; IL WUT Attends IAA Event

SEP 2015 – Urban Wood Conference Set for March 18, 2016

AUG 2015 – Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood; WUT Makes Waves on Chicago Radio

JUL 2015 – Illinois WUT Receives Grant; Color Point Bioenergy Tour

Winter 2011 – Illinois Urban Wood News



Urban Wood Showcase: Furniture

ILWUT_LogoForm meets function with these inspirational furniture projects crafted from community trees and featured in the Urban Wood Products Showcase, a popular component of the March 18, 2016 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL. The event was organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Wade Ellis of Ellis Custom Sawmilling and Woodworking crafted a cherry chest that garnered the most votes in the People’s Choice awards for the Furniture Category. A train bell stand created by Jeff Perkis primarily using white oak salvaged from storm-damaged trees was second in the voting by conference participants.

Read more about each of these way cool Urban Wood Products Showcase entries.

Train Bell Stand
Jeff Perkis, Owner, Story Wood

Materials Used: Red oak, walnut and metal

Urban Wood Source: Storm-damaged trees from Reed Keppler Park of West Chicago, IL, acquired after storm of July 2012. Milled and kiln dried by Ron Meyers and myself in West Chicago. 

Theme/purpose: The City of West Chicago commissioned Perkis to create this 4-foot tall, solid red oak bell stand with walnut accents, sturdy enough to hold the approximately 80-pound train bell, which has been at the center of the spirited historical re-enactment of El Grito de la Independencia or the Cry of Independence. Perkis became aware of the need for a suitable bell stand from Lorenzo Covarrubias who holds the distinction of being West Chicago’s Patron de la Campana, or Patron of the Bell, and has offered the use of his bell for West Chicago’s El Grito for the past 23-years. Perkis designed the bell stand in the arts and crafts style of many of the homes in the area and was influenced by architect brothers Greene and Greene. He presented the stand at a public ceremony at the West Chicago City Museum attended by the mayor and art patrons. The sawdust will be used to make paper on which he will print the details of the stand’s creation so that it will “tell its story” for future generations. Read related article.

MSU Shadows Collection W- Leg Table
Nathan Shaver

Material Used: American elm

Urban Wood Source: The tree was grown on the campus of Michigan State University, and was taken down due to disease. The Department of Forestry’s Sustainable Wood Recovery Team milled and dried the lumber on campus. Local wood worker, Nathan Shaver was commissioned to build the piece for the MSU Shadow’s Collection.

Theme/Purpose: The MSU Shadows Collection has been created as part of the Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative at Michigan State University. MSU Shadows collectibles are made from salvaged trees that are removed from campus due to decline, storm damage or construction. Trees are milled into lumber and kiln dried by MSU’s Department of Forestry. The lumber is sent to Michigan-based artisans who design and craft the items. Purchases of these handmade collectibles enhance campus sustainability through tree planting initiatives on campus, and supports student educational programs in forestry and urban wood recovery.

“Love Seat” Bench
Ron Meyers, Meyers Woodworking & Lumber, Batavia, IL

Material Used: Tree of Heaven

Urban Wood Source: Meyers Woodworking and lumber. I intervened on just another local tree heading to the dump.

Theme/purpose:  This is a small bench intended for a couple having to sit close, a love seat, to be used in a setting somewhere overlooking God’s great creations. This is why I chose The Tree of Heaven for the material.

Ebonized Elm Sofa Table
Eric Beauchamp, Beau Bois Custom Creations of Evanston, IL

Material Used: Kiln dried American elm

Urban Wood Source: Homeowners Felled Tree / Horigan Urban Forest Products. A mature American elm of an estimated age of over 130 years was cared for as the centerpiece of a garden in Evanston for over 100 years. It had been regularly inoculated against disease but to be removed as a safety precaution. The tree was felled by the arborist who had cared for it.

Some of the wood is being used to grow shitake mushrooms. Large limbs and the main trunk 14.5’ in length and 4.5’ in average diameter were taken to Horrigan Urban Forest Products where is was milled to preserve its unique character. Lumber from this tree is still available.  More information can be found at http://www.arborigin.com

Theme/purpose: This project was created to explore the uses of Urban-sourced American elm in art and furniture. This American elm puzzle sofa table top was created from 12 individual interlocking pieces to create the top. After assembly, the top was ebonized utilizing quebracho bark powder and iron acetate which reacts with the natural tannins to blacken the surface of the wood, while revealing the grain and character of the wood.

Oak/Cherry Coffee Table
Mike Dimitroff, Manager of Art Initiatives, Chicago Park District

Materials Used: Oak and cherry

Urban Wood Source: Chicago Park Tree. I saw this piece in the discard pile of a forestry truck after a day in the field. It was a piece that was sheared off of a trunk and had interesting tear and break features.

Theme/purpose: To utilize a broken or featured part of a felled park tree to create and interesting artifact.

I took the sheared section of a trunk and tooled it to match the natural split and shear characteristics. The result is an insect-shaped abdomen floating on three wild cherry legs.

“Furnerector Set” Table
Paul Pettigrew, Architect & Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Materials Used: Urban white oak. Finish is a hand applied and rubbed water-based polyurethane. The legs are perforated anodized aluminum, the table-top stand-offs are anodized aluminum tubing. Fasteners are stainless steel.

Urban Wood Source: Reed Kepler Park & Ron Meyers Woodworking & Lumber

Theme/ purpose: Design Indeterminacy/”Furnerector Set” table explores the idea of indeterminate outcome. How might I design a functional object whose final form and aesthetic are beyond my final design control. The project’s four metal legs and hardware allow for urban wood components to be rearranged, added, subtracted and altered over time. The possible future permutations are infinite and depend on the final user’s preferences both today and tomorrow.

Design indeterminacy is seen as the antithesis of what I was taught as an architecture student and architect, i.e. I arrive at a final design, I make a set of construction drawings and the project is built as drawn. Design indeterminacy grows out of my interest in vernacular architecture and vernacular architecture’s tradition of multiple generations, continuously adding onto and altering structures over time.  Recently, I have watched many of my architectural projects get altered, renovated and/or modified without my input. As an architect, I have completed projects that have altered the work of previous architects with my only having the vaguest of clues as to what the original architect might have intended. Alteration, renovation and modification can remain “out of the control” of the architect/designer or the architect/designer can make future alteration, renovation and modification part of the initial design. By making alteration, renovation and modification part of the original design and providing future change-makers clues, invitations and/or encouragements for the future, I am hoping that my work will have a longer life whether it lives on in its original form or a future form anticipated by me, the works original designer.

 

 



News

08/16/18 – Program Celebrates 25 Years Training Low-Income Chicagoans for Woodworking Careers

08/02/18 – Story of Riverside’s Wind-Felled Oak Featured in Woodshop News

07/25/18 – How Urban Wood Use Mitigates Climate Change

07/17/18 – Wisconsin Urban Forest Fest Set for Sept. 15

07/17/18 – Q&A with Erika Horigan of Horigan Urban Forest Products

07/06/18 – Urban Wood Network Announces ‘How To Do Urban Wood’ Seminar Series

06/24/18 – Adding Value to Urban Trees: Two Upcoming Workshops at MSU

06/19/18 – IWF Urban Wood Seminar Gains Diverse Sponsorship Support

06/10/18 – Video: Introducing the Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods Network

05/25/18 – Wood-Mizer Acquires Swedish Manufacturer of 4-Sided Planers/Moulders

05/25/18 – More Than 1,750 Strong! Urban Wood Network LinkedIn Community

05/18/18 – Wisconsin Urban Wood Graces Ortho’s Office

05/18/18 – Study: U.S. Metro Areas Losing 36M Trees Annually

05/11/18 – Communities Across Chicagoland Join to Create Sustainable Future

05/09/18 – Vermont Braces for Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

04/24/18 – UWN to Present Free Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018

04/19/18 – Video: How NY Uses Drones to Inspect Urban Forest Canvass

04/18/18 – April 3 WERC Urban Wood Webcast Available On-Demand

04/16/18 – Video: Urban Sawmilling in Sacramento

03/27/18 – Webinar Registration Open: Urban Wood Network – Join the Movement

03/11/18 – Virginia Urban Wood Group Creates Business Directory

03/06/18 – 31 States Infested by EAB

02/25/18 – Chicago AWI Members Learn About Urban Wood at Icon Modern

02/20/18 – New Project to Certify Responsible Urban Forestry and Urban Wood Use

02/16/18 – Michigan Urban Wood Network Launches Website

02/11/18 – Watch Tom The Sawyer Transform an Urban Honey Locust Log

01/21/18 – Tree Services Magazine Focuses on Using Urban Tree Waste

01/20/18 – Video: Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest

01/19/18 – SUFC Slates Annual Meeting for March 7

12/29/17 – Chicago Tree Project Continues to Transform Dead Trees into Sculptures

12/21/17 – Invitation to Join the Urban Wood Network

12/07/17 – Illinois Architect Takes the LEED in Urban Wood Movement

12/03/17 – Wood-Mizer Offers Free Urban Sawmilling Guide

11/19/17 – Video: Reclaiming Wood from Historic Philadelphia Buildings

11/18/17 – ISTC Open House Offers a Look at Heating with Wood Waste

11/13/17 – Video: Pioneering Urban Wood Use in Austin

11/13/17 – Fall Urban Wood Utilization Webcast Available On Demand

10/21/17 – Video: Richmond Hill Educates Residents about EAB Scourge

10/20/17 – ‘Underappreciated’ Urban Wood Focus of Pennsylvania Workshop

10/17/17 – Cook County Forest Preserves’ Tree Repurposed for Unique Award Plaques

10/05/17 – Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Seeks Businesses for Wood Heating Study

10/03/17 – Why Schmidt Custom Flooring Joined the Urban Wood Movement

09/22/17 – Agenda Set for Oct. 10 Urban Wood Use Webcast

09/16/17 – Enter Rebuilding Exchange’s Contest to Win Nick Offerman Tix

09/14/17 – Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Connects Urban Forestry Professionals

08/23/17 – U.S. Forest Service Updates Inventory of Nation’s Urban Forests

08/22/17 – 160-Year-Old Oak Begets Three Tables for Riverside’s Village Hall

08/21/17 – House Acts to Save Urban Community & Forestry Program from Budget Axe

08/16/17 – How Raleigh’s Parks & Recs Department Re-utilizes Its Trees

07/16/17 – Indy Urban Hardwood Stars in New Wood-Mizer Urban Wood Video Series

07/15/17 – Mid-Atlantic Urban Wood Forum Set for Aug. 15 & 16 

07/07/17 – The Urban Wood Network Launches New Website

07/02/17 – Video: Milling a Huge Burr Oak with a Chainsaw Mill

06/23/17 – Michigan Urbanwood Tour Set for July 28

06/19/17 – Entries Sought for Urbanwood Showcase in Ann Arbor

06/17/17 – Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Invites Businesses to List Their Products & Services

06/13/17 – ‘No Wood Wasted’ Theme of NC Urban Forest & Small Woodlot Workshop

06/10/17 – Wood-Mizer Issues Call for Personal Best Contest Entries

05/21/17 – Wisconsin Urban Wood Signs on as Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Charter

05/19/17 – City Forest Products Celebrates Urban Wood Biz Launch

05/01/17 – WunderWoods’ Sawmill from Down Under

04/17/17 – Four Urban Wood Firms Snare Wood-Mizer Awards

04/17/17 – City Forest Products Slates April 28 Launch Party

04/10/17 – Reclaimed Ash Furniture in Iowa Home Show Expo Spotlight

04/10/17 – U.S. Forest Service Strategizes Woody Biomass Utilization

03/27/17 – Urban Wood Utilization Webcast Set for April 11

03/24/17 – Hobby Becomes a Post-Retirement Urban Wood Business

03/15/17 – Urban Wood Waste Powers St. Paul’s Energy Grid

03/09/17 – Treecycle America Entrepreneur Forges an Urban Wood Network

02/22/17 – Indiana Tree Service Branches Out into Custom Urban Wood Furniture

02/22/17 – Repurposing Urban Wood Waste as Biomass

02/21/17 – Horigan Urban Forest Products Re-launches Website

02/11/17 – Video Update: TV News Features Restore’s Rescued Wood Project

02/06/17 – Video: Be a Smart Ash, Denver!

01/28/17 – Chicago’s Sister City Has an Urban Wood Brother in Sawmill Sid

01/25/17 – Dovetail Partners Reports on Worldwide Refinery Growth

01/22/17 – TCIA Releases Statement on A300 Urban Forest Products Standard Status

01/17/17 – Urban Wood Used in Oak Park LEED Platinum Project

01/15/17 – Rescued Wood: Habitat for Humanity Wisconsin’s Unique Answer to the EAB Problem

01/02/17 – IllinoisUrbanWood’s Top 10 Countdown

12/21/16 – IAA Slates Certified Arborist Workshops & Exam in Glencoe

12/18/16 – Cover Treatment for Wisconsin Urban Wood

12/11/16 – IL Arborist Pursues His Passion with Urban Wood Start-up

12/01/16 – Help Wanted: Homer Glen’s Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration

11/28/16 – Video: Urban Hardwoods a Growing Company

11/14/16 – Urban Lumber Company Thrives on KC Woods

10/27/16 – TigerStop Embraces the Urban Wood Message

10/26/16 – Scenes from the 34th Illinois Arborist Association Convention

10/26/16 – On Demand Webcast Highlights Urban Wood Activities in Six States

10/13/16 – Baltimore Wood Project Tackles Two Urban Waste Streams

10/03/16 – Woodworker’s Fallen Farm Trees Star in ‘Made in Illinois’ Video

09/27/16 – IWF Urban Wood Seminar Report Slated for Oct. 11 Webcast

09/08/16 – Urban Wood for Community Firewood Banks

08/30/16 – Passions Flow at IWF Urban Wood Seminar

08/29/16 – First Release: Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide

08/19/16 – Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Wood Benefits

08/15/16 – Day of Wood Set for Sept. 8 in Jasper, IN

08/09/16 – Urban Wood Exchange Opens for Business

08/09/16 – FDMC Profiles i2i Design

08/09/16 – Woodshop News Features IWF Urban Wood Seminar

08/07/16 – Video: Tom The Sawyer Mills Black Walnut for Figure

08/06/16 – On Demand: WERC Urban Wood Utilization Webcast

08/05/16 – Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Forests

08/03/16 – USDA Forest Service Awards Urban Forestry Challenge Grants

07/25/16 – Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Forest Wood Usage

07/17/16 – Sterling Lumber Garners Pair of Business Awards

07/16/16 – IWF Seminar Aims to Demystify Urban Wood

07/11/16 – Elkhart EnviroFest to Showcase Urban Wood Works

07/08/16 – Woodturners ‘Bowled’ Over by Urban Wood

06/26/16 – North American Urban Wood Directory Entries Sought

06/24/16 – Chicago Botanic Garden Exhibit Exposes the ‘Hidden Art of Trees’

06/12/16 – Magazine Profiles Baraboo Woodworks’ Urban Wood Model

06/01/16 – Video: Custom Woodworker & Sawyer Make a Great Team

05/19/16 – Urban Wood Stars in Free IWF Seminar

05/19/16 – Couple ‘Sacrificed Our Entire Lives’ for Urban Wood Business

05/15/16 – Video: How Toronto Is Turning Ash Tree Tragedy into Opportunity

05/13/16 – Update: USGBC IL Postpones May Urban Wood Event

05/10/16 – MSU Retails Wood Goods Crafted from Campus Trees

04/24/16 – IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit Spotlights Urban Ash Furnishings

03/29/16 – Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners Strut Their Stuff

03/29/16 – Hardwood Workshop Covers Logs to Lumber

03/28/16 – Diverse Audience Unites at Urban Wood Event

03/28/16 – Illinois Sawmill Directories Updated

03/25/16 – Icon Modern’s Urban Wood Story Told on WBBM Radio Chicago

03/11/16 – AIA Members Eligible for CEUs at Urban Wood Event

03/06/16 – Hunski Hardwoods Logs the West Coast Urban Forest

03/02/16 – Register for Hardwood Workshop & Urban Wood Conference Online by March 16

02/21/16 – Early-Bird Discount Conference Registration Extended

02/19/16 – ASLA CEUs Available for Urban Wood & Hardwood Lumber Events

02/18/16 – Enter the Urban Wood Products Showcase

02/05/16 – Illinois Arborist Association Offers CEUs for Urban Wood Conference

01/21/16 – Urban Wood Conference Topics Go Full Circle

01/21/16 – Urban Wood Boardwalk Cuts a Path to South Side Corner’s Renewal

01/20/16 – Film Opens Eyes to Wondrous Potential of Urban Wood

01/19/16 – Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop Set for March 17

01/16/16 – Urban Wood Utilization Fits Community’s Utopian Vision

01/14/16 – IWF Supports Urban Wood Conference

01/08/16 – What to Do with Urban Wood Event Rescheduled to Jan. 21

12/31/15 – Full Circle Urban Forestry Takes Root in Elkhart, IN

12/28/15 – Registration Opens for Unique Urban Wood Conference

12/22/15 – Can You Dig It? JULIE 811 Supports IL WUT Conference

12/18/15 – IL Sawmill Directory Being Refreshed

12/18/15 – Coming Attractions: Saving America’s Urban Forests

11/27/15 – Eco Urban Timber Turns Dead Ash into Cash

11/19/15 – IL Wood Utilization Team Meets at Bernhard Woodwork

11/16/15 – USDA Webcast Series Tracks Urban Wood Market Developments

10/30/15 – What to Do with Urban Wood’ Symposium Coming Jan. 7, 2016

10/30/15 – Win a CFDA Creative Furnishings Award Using Urban Wood

10/29/15 – Illinois Wood Utilization Team States Its Case for Urban Wood at IAA Event

10/28/15 – Illinois to Drop Internal EAB Quarantine 

10/25/15 – Photo Gallery: IIT Student Urban Wood Works

10/25/15 – Webinar to Address Cross Laminated Timber, a Potential Urban Wood Use

10/22/15 – NC Urban Wood Group Plans Tour of Carolina Urban Lumber

10/17/15 – Stihl Tour des Trees Supports Urban Forests

09/27/15 – Got Urban Wood News? Share It!

09/27/15 – Save the Date: 2016 Urban Wood Conference & Networking Event

08/30/15 – Picture This: Ex-Cons Reclaim Urban Wood and Their Lives

08/28/15 – Trees Downed in 2012 Storm Crafted into Stand for Local Bell

08/26/15 – Video: Dead Ash Tree Is Chainsaw Artist’s Medium

08/16/15 – IIT Student Urban Wood Works at Aug. 26 Showing

07/18/15 – Urban Wood Makes Waves on Chicago Radio

06/04/15 – ITT Seeks Urban Wood Donations for Traveling Exhibit

05/26/15 – ‘Full Circle Urban Forestry’ Lesson of New Children’s Book

05/21/15 – Illinois Wood Utilization Team Receives ‘Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle’ Grant

05/15/15 – WUT in the News – Replacement Trees Adding New Look in Southland Neighborhoods

02/05/15 – WUT in the News – Beating the Beetle: Giving Trees a Second Life

 

 

Urban Forest Products Alliance

The Tri-State Urban Wood Marketing and Certification Collaborative, of which the Illinois Wood Utilization Team was a member, held a series of three roundtables involving key players in the wood products, urban forestry, government, and green building and products sectors. As a result of these sessions, industry, government, and non-profit leaders came together as the Urban Forest Products Alliance (UFPA) with the mission of advancing the highest and best use of the products of sustainably-managed urban forests and the vision of putting all wood from urban trees to good use. For more information on UFPA, please join the Urban Forest Products Alliance LinkedIn group, Urban Forest Products Alliance or visit the Urban Forest Products Alliance website.