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IL Sawmill Directory Being Refreshed

Johnson-Creek-HardwoodThe Illinois Small Custom Sawmill Directory is in the process of being updated.

The directory, last published in 2011, features the capabilities and key contact information for 60 sawyers throughout the state, including operations that have stationary sawmills, portable mills, band mills or a combination of the three. The vast majority of the sawyers listed in the directory process logs from the urban forest, including ash trees felled because of emerald ash borer infestation.

The guide also notes value-added services offered by each business, such as kiln drying, planning, turning and millwork. Many of the listed sawyers also manufacture custom furniture and other wood products.

Paul Deizman, CF, of the Forest Utilization/Marketing & State Forests of the Illinois DNR, is heading up the updated. The 2016 edition is scheduled to be completed by the end of January. it will be posted at illinoisurbanwood.org and other state forestry web sites. The guide also will be distributed at the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Sawyers are encouraged to review their 2011 listing and let Deizman know if any changes are in order or if the listing should be repeated as is for the updated edition. In addition, sawyers not included in the 2011 guide are urged to contact Deizman to have their business and services included.

Deizman can be contacted at paul.deizman@illinois.gov or at 217-782-3376.

 

 

 



Wood-Mizer Offers Free Urban Sawmilling Guide

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Salvaging, Sawmilling, and Marketing Urban Wood Guide is a free down-loadable publication available from Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN.

“As we see it, every urban tree we use for lumber is one less tree that must be cut from our forests and one less piece of green waste that would be dumped in our landfills,” Wood-Mizer, a manufacturer of stationary and mobile sawmills, says. “Everyone we talk to about harvesting urban timber is enthusiastic about the idea. We hear from people all over the world who want to know what they can do in their local cities and towns to help make a difference.”

The urban sawmill guide includes an intro and other information from note urban wood expert Sam Sherrill, case studies of urban wood businesses and other information for those looking to enter or grow their place in the urban wood movement.

The guide is free to download and is an adjunct of Wood-Mizer’s new Urban Sawmilling video series.

Click here to access the guide.

 

 



Indy Urban Hardwood Stars in New Wood-Mizer Urban Sawmill Video Series

Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, chose to profile Indy Urban Hardwood Co. for Episode One of its Urban Sawmill Video Series.

Learn how Brian Presnell of Indy Urban Hardwood utilizes his portable sawmill to salvage fallen and diseased urban trees in Indianapolis. In addition to providing high-quality salvaged wood furniture to homeowners, Indy Urban Hardwood Co. works closely with Herron School of Art by donating salvaged wood to art students to learn woodworking.

Check out Indy Urban Hardwood’s website.

 

 



WunderWoods’ Sawmill from Down Under

Scott-Wunder-Running-Lucas-SawmillScott Wunder of WunderWoods does wonderful things with urban wood. Based in St. Charles, MO, Wunder not only creates custom woodwork, he saws logs from local trees he salvages and authors a a regular blog chronicling his business, selected cool custom projects and how-to do stuff, like choose a wood finish. His writings rarely fail to include a good dose of humor.

Such is certainly the case with a blog Wunder posted on New Year’s Day titled, Lucas Sawmill Is Small But Mighty.” It delves into how and why he chose to purchase a Lucas sawmill made in Australia and how he uses it.

This is what he writes about his initial reaction to his investment.

“I went to pick up the more than $10,000 sawmill at the shipping terminal, and I couldn’t help but feel like I way overpaid for the amount of merchandise I picked up (Did I mentioned that it fits in the bed of my pickup truck?). There was only a saw head, two long rails, and a few other miscellaneous metal parts that formed the frame ends. Besides that, the kit included a sharpener and some other odds and ends, but none of it added up to very much. I started doing the cost per piece arithmetic in my head, and it wasn’t looking good.”

Wunder’s opinion soon changed after he set up the Lucas in his backyard.

“After just a short time reviewing the directions, I had the sawmill set up and ready to cut. Even for someone who had never set one up, the Lucas went together fast. It was then that I realized what I had paid for. I didn’t pay for lots and lots of parts and extra bulk. I paid for an impressively designed machine, with an amazingly small stature, than can tackle the biggest logs. I paid for all of the research and design that went into the mill by the Lucas boys, and I paid to not lug around thousands of extra pounds, and I paid for everything to go together with minimal effort and a minimal number of steps. I got all of that and more.”

Click here to read Wunder’s blog.

 

 



Chicago’s Sister City Has an Urban Wood Brother in Sawmill Sid

Sawmill-SidThe Illinois Urban Wood Utilization Team pays homage to Sawmill Sid, one of our brethren repurposing urban forest trees one log at a time in the Toronto area.

Sawmill Sid, a family-owned business, claims it kept nearly 220,000 cubic feet of urban wood out of the landfill last year. This wood was milled and into lumber, furniture, flooring, beams, and corporate gifts.

Beyond those types of products, Sawmill Sid aims to “to do our part in building sustainable communities. Our goal is to re-purpose our wood products and turn the by-products into biofuel.”

On a closer-to-home reason for being, Sawmill Sid was recognized for contributing wood to build “buddy benches” at all Simcoe County District School Board elementary schools.

Learn more at sawmillsid.ca.

 



Illinois Sawmill Directories Updated

IL-Sawmill-Directory-CoverBy Rich Christianson

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.

The 2016 Illinois Custom Sawmill Directory, last updated in 2011,  features 60 businesses located throughout the state. The vast majority of them have mobile sawmills and are involved in processing lumber from logs reclaimed from community trees.

In addition to key contact information, the county-by-county guide includes information on specialty services offered by custom sawyers including kiln drying, timber inventories and secondary wood processing.

The 2016 Illinois Sawmill Directory, compiled with the help of Southern Illinois University and the U.S. Forest Service, is the first major update since 2013. The 42-page directory features listings of more than 70 sawmills with processing capacities ranging from less than 1,000 board feet per day to more than 16,000 board feet per day. Nearly all of the sawmills primarily process hardwoods, the most common of which is white and red oak, walnut, black cherry, and maple. Less than 5% of the sawmills process softwoods.

Learn more about services offered by Illinois Forestry Resources.



Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop Presentations

ILWUT_LogocroppedPresentations from the Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop, Thursday, March 17, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, IL.

 

Presenter: Dan Cassens, Wood Products Extension Specialist at Purdue University and Owner of Cassens Lumber, LLC.

1_Why Wood Is Good

2_Wood Quality and Characteristics

3_Log & Tree Scaling

4_Hardwood Lumber Grading & Pricing

5_Sawing Patterns & Grade Sawing

6_Determining Veneer Quality Logs

7_Wood Moisture & Drying

8_Stain & Insects

9_Selling & Marketing Wood Product for Small & Traditional Producers

Prof. Daniel Cassens Biography

 



Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop Set for March 17

Dan-Cassens-Sawmill-DemoProf. Dan Cassens, a leading authority on North American hardwoods, will present a full-day program focused on hardwoods sawing, grading, drying and more.

The Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL. The full-day program, is presented in special cooperation with the DuPage County Forest Preserves, by the Purdue University Department of Wood Products and the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. The workshop, precedes the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference set for Friday, March18 at Hamburger University also in Oak Brook.

The workshop will include classroom presentations and a live portable sawmill demonstration.

Topics include:

  • Wood Quality & Characteristics
  • Log Scaling
  • Hardwood Lumber Grading & Pricing
  • Sawing Patterns & Grade Sawing
  •  Determining Veneer Quality Logs
  • Wood Moisture & Drying
  • Stain & Insects
  • Selling & Marketing Custom Wood Products

Cassens, who also operates Cassens Lumber,  has presented this hardwood workshop to dozens of appreciative audiences throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Content for the workshop is based on his book, “Manufacturing and Marketing Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills.”

Registration Discount Package
Registration for the Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop is $85 and includes lunch if made by February 29 ($110 after and $135 onsite.) A $35 discount package is available for attendees who register for both the Hardwood Workshop and the Full Circle Urban Forest Conference (View schedule).

Learn more and register for the Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop.

Badge pickup and onsite registration opens at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 



Video: Reclaiming Wood from Historic Philadelphia Buildings

 

Wood-Mizer presents Episode 2 of its Urban Sawmilling series, a collection of videos profiling companies advancing the urban wood movement.

Episode 2 features Steve Ebner and his daughter Rebecca who run Manayunk Timber, an urban sawmill in Philadelphia, PA. Established in 1984, Manayunk Timber specializes in reclaiming old-growth, high-quality wood from 19th century Philadelphia buildings and offering local, sustainable lumber for restoration, renovation, custom woodworking and new construction projects.

Learn more about Manayunk Timber.

 



Urban Wood Utilization Webcast Set for April 11

Prof. Dan Cassens conducts a sawmill demo.

Prof. Dan Cassens conducts a sawmill demo.

The agenda for the biannual Urban Wood Webcast has been set. The webcast, which will feature updates of urban wood activities in the Midwest and other parts of the country, is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, April 11.

The webcast is presented by the Wood Education and Resource Center, a service of the Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry of the U.S. Forest Service.

 

ATTEND THE WEBCAST

Urban Wood Utilization Webcast Agenda

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern

Focus: Recent urban wood utilization activities.

1:00 pm – Introduction and Overview
— Ed Cesa, US Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center

1:10 p.m. – Introducing Urban Wood To Design Professionals and Update on the Four State Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle Project
— 
Dwayne Sperber, Wudeward Urban Forest Products

     Full Circle Project state updates:

– IL Update, Richard Christianson

– MI Update, Jessica Simons

– MO Update, Russell Hinnah

– WI Update, Sabina Dhungana

1:55 pm – DC Urban Wood Utilization Efforts

– Brian LeCouteur, DC Council of Governments

2:10 pm – Street Trees as a Source of Urban Timber in Washington, DC

– Alex Grieve, Graduate Student, Virginia Tech

2:40 pm – Firewood Processing Productivity Study Update and Upcoming Workshop 

– Harry Watt, North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension 

2:50 pm – VA Urban Wood Group Update

– Joe Lehnen, Virginia Department of Forestry

3:00 pm – Final comments and date for next webcast  

Next Webcast: 1:00 pm Eastern, Tuesday, October 10, 2017