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Woodworking Enthusiasts Get a Taste of Urban Wood

 

urban wood, Chicago Park District

Eric Boelkens, woodworking instructor at Horner Park, shows off a wood robot made by one of his beginner students.

 

By Rich Christianson

Children and adults alike learn or hone their woodworking skills through programming at Horner Park, one of 15 woodshops managed by the Chicago Park District.

Mike Dimitroff, manager of art iniatitves for the Chicago Park District, said woodshop classes like the ones held at Horner Park are part of the park district’s ongoing efforts to “grow and develop cultural arts programs.”

Horner Park hosted the September meeting of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (WUT), which is hammering out details for an urban wood conference to be held in March 2016. Eric Boelkens, woodshop instructor, led WUT members on a meeting-adjourned tour of the Horner Park basement woodshop. The shop includes standard introductory woodworking equipment: band saw, table saw and jig saw.

Boelkens said he teaches woodworking to children as young as 7 years old as part of the very popular Family Woodshop class. Youth programs for boys and girls aged 9 to 12 make up the “core” of the program, he said, with adults-only classes also available.

Participants, including woodworking novices, are taught essential woodworking skills including measuring, designing, cutting and sanding. Projects range from birdhouses and small cabinets to bookcases depending on age and skill levels.

Members of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team discuss the March 2016 urban wood conference during its September meeting at Horner Park.

Members of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team discuss the March 2016 urban wood conference during its September meeting at Horner Park.

In many of the classes, participants are making products from urban wood salvaged from trees removed from park district land. Talk about getting a hands-on education on the value of giving wood a second life!

Youth classes start at a very affordable $16 ($32 for non-Chicago residents) for a 12-week program and only $40 ($80 for non-residents) for adult classes.

Horner Park is located at 2741 W. Montrose Ave. in Chicago. Learn more about woodcraft programs, class schedules and registration.

Find information about all 15 Chicago Park District woodshop facilities.



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.



Blogs

10/13/18 – After the Storm, Call on the Urban Forest Strike Team

09/30/18 – Making the Transition from Teaching to Running an Urban Wood Business

09/22/18 – Tom The Sawyer Examines ‘The Cost of Lumber’

08/29/18 – IWF Urban Wood Seminar Delivered with a Tinge of Irony

07/26/18 – Part One of ‘How To Urban Wood’ Webinar Series Sells Out

06/26/18 – Woodworking Industry Takes Notice of Urban Wood Movement

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

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

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

02/27/18 – Icon Modern Hosts Architectural Woodworkers

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

12/30/17 – Join the Urban Wood Network

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

11/21/17 – 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 – Tree ‘Cookies’ Make Nifty Award Plaques

09/29/17 – Spurned Woodworker Turns to Toronto for Urban Ash Lumber

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

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

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

06/27/17 – Discover Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Urban Wood Scene!

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



Part One of ‘How-to Do Urban Wood’ Webinar Sells Out

Congratulations if you were fortunate to grab a seat for the July 25 webinar, “Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization.” The first of a four-part webinar series presented by the Urban Wood Network quickly maxed-out its 90-participant capacity during registration leading up to the free 90-minute program.

The good news is that if you missed out on the live presentation, you will be able to watch the full program at your leisure on-demand. The webinar, produced by the U.S. Forest Service, will be archived on urbanwoodnetwork.org. I also will share a link on the Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s website when it becomes available,

The informative program featured presentations by Matthew Staudenmaier, forestry department supervisor of Eau Claire, WI; Dan Coy, city forester of Grand Rapids, MI; Kevin LaPointe, city forester of Kansas City, KS; and August Hoppe, president of Hoppe Tree Service of West Allis, WI.

Registration is open for part two of the webinar series: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CST Wednesday, August 29. Learn more about the entire How To Do Urban Wood webinar series in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured in this issue 

Our colleagues of Wisconsin Urban Wood invite urban wood enthusiasts to attend the Urban Forest Fest scheduled for September 15 in Milwaukee. Read about the fest, including how to become an exhibitor of this event that attracted approximately 500 people in 2016.

Horigan Urban Forest Products of Skokie, IL, has been a pioneer of the urban wood movement in Illinois. In addition to managing a tree care company and sawmill business, Bruce and Erika Horigan operate a showroom and warehouse that is open to the public. Read the Q&A with Erika Horigan discussing the couple’s commitment to keeping good urban wood out of the waste stream.

Learn how to connect with urban wood proactivists around the globe by joining the Urban Wood Network LinkedIn group that now numbers more than 1,750 strong.

Finally, if you by chance are heading to Atlanta next month for the International Woodworking Fair, make sure to attend the Urban Wood Network’s free seminar, “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” set for 1 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The lights are always on for receiving your urban wood stories, photos and experiences to share with the Illinois Urban Wood Update subscriber base.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team


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First Release: Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide

Illinois Wood Utilization Team

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. The Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide made its formal debut at the Aug. 26 urban wood utilization seminar held during the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The guide includes 43 known national, regional, state and municipal sources of information. These sources include urban wood utilization networks, sawmill directories and more. Also included are links to seven publications focused on putting community, landscape and other non-commercial forest trees to their best and highest valued use after they are removed. These trees were felled by invasive pests, storms, development and other end-of-life causes.

The guide and the work of the Urban Forest Full Circle Network was made possible through grant funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Urban Forest Full Circle Network includes:

  >>> Illinois Wood Utilization Team;

  >>> Southeast Michigan’s Reclaimed Urban Wood Marketplace;

  >>> Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and

  >>> Wisconsin Urban Wood.

The Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide is a work in progress and is subject to change without notice. This guide will be periodically updated. For listing consideration, contact info@illinoisurbanwood.org.

Access the Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide