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Urban Wood Makes Waves on Chicago Radio

By Rich Christianson

Illinois’ growing urban wood movement recently made a splash when Out of the Loop, an online radio affiliate of WGN, recorded a segment about students using urban wood to make furniture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Out of the Loop host Mike Stephen interviewed Paul Pettigrew, an associate professor of architecture at IIT, and Edith Makra, chairman of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Recorded amid the din of a roaring dust collector and whirring woodworking machinery, Pettigrew explained why he chooses to have students of his popular Architecture & Furniture course use locally sourced urban wood to fabricate furniture and other functional objects.

“As students have become more aware of green and sustainable issues they become much more aware of actually where the material is coming from,” Pettigrew said. He added that the urban wood donated by the West Chicago Park District for his summer class embraces sustainability in giving wood milled from dead or dying trees a second life.

Makra said the mission of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team is to develop a viable and sustainable market place for urban wood.

“We want to do something with this material that is overlooked and wasted and we want to keep alive and foster that connection that people have with trees,” Makra said. “We are trying to change the traditional cycle of a tree dies and gets chipped or mulched into being harvested, milled and turned into a value added wood product.”

Pettigrew said the student projects from his summer course, as well as those he plans for his students to make this fall and next spring, will likely culminate in a traveling exhibit to educate consumers and kids about the potential and benefits of urban wood.

Click here to listen to the entire podcast. The urban wood segment begins at the six-minute mark.



IIT Student Urban Wood Works at Aug. 26 Showing

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A student of the IIT Architecture & Furniture course discusses her urban wood project in an interview with Out of the Loop.

One-of-a-kind Furniture and functional objects fabricated from urban wood by students at the Illinois Institute of Technology will be undergo expert review 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at S.R. Crown Hall on the IIT campus.

Guest architects and furniture makers will conduct the review which concludes the summer session of IIT’s popular Architecture & Furniture course taught by Paul Pettigrew, studio associate professor at IIT. Pettigrew said the exhibition will feature some 14 “thought-provoking and creative projects utilizing the urban wood provided to us this summer” by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Students of the summer Architecture & Furniture course took their concepts from sketches, drawings and digital models through physical models, full-scale mock-ups and completed prototypes. The students’ conversions of urban wood lumber into finished projects was featured last month on Out of the Loop, an online radio affiliate of WGN.

Crown Hall is located at 3360 S. State Street in Chicago. For more information, contact Pettigrew at Pettigrew@iit.edu.

 



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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



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ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES

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