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Entries Sought for Urbanwood Woodworker Showcase in Ann Arbor

Birge-Urbanwood-Showcase-LogoEntries are being accepted until June 30 for an Urbanwood Woodworker Showcase to celebrate the dedication of the Birge Urbanwood Center at the Recycle Ann Arbor’s (RAA) Reuse Cente, 2420 S. Industrial. Entries will compete for two “Best of Show” awards that in addition to bragging rights, includes gift certificates worth $500 in urban wood product merchandise from the Birge Urbanwood Center. The center was renamed in honor of Bill Birge, a long-time champion of urban wood utilization who recently retired from the RAA Board.

Woodworkers, hobbyists and artists are invited to enter the showcase. Submitted furniture and artistic objects must be made from at least 50% reclaimed or salvaged wood.

Click here to learn more and to access the entry form.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Simons at info@urbanwood.org.



Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Invites Businesses to List Their Products & Services

Urban-Wood-Exchange-Logo 209214Raleigh, NC  — The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange encourages all businesses in the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 8 with a stake in the urban wood movement to quickly and easily list their products and services for free at UrbanWoodExchange.org.

UrbanWoodExchange.org is a new clearinghouse for businesses ranging from professional tree care and removal services through sawyers, kiln dryers and lumber suppliers to connect and create local urban wood networks. The Urban Wood Exchange features a searchable database that helps users find urban wood providers in their state.

Businesses can list their products and services by simply logging onto UrbanWoodExchange.org. Product listings include Cut Logs, Milled Lumber and Firewood/Chips. Service listings include Arborists, Sawyers, Kiln Operators and Lumber Sellers.

An underlying mission of the Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is helping to facilitate the highest and best possible use of community trees at the end of their service. These trees are felled due to old age, insect infestation, storm damage, utility excavation and other circumstances. They are never meant to be removed, however, solely for their wood value.

“Our goal is to encourage utilization of urban wood on the local level including producing sustainable lumber for use in municipal projects and by professional and hobbyist woodworkers,” said Nancy Stairs, Urban Forestry Program Coordinator of the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS). “By treating removed urban trees as a resource the costs associated with the removal and disposal of trees are reduced and the amount of urban wood in the waste stream is minimized.”

The Urban Wood Exchange is hosted by the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, in partnership with the NC Forest Service’s Urban & Community Forestry Program and funded through the USFS Southern Region 8. The Exchange serves 13 states extending from Florida to Texas on the south and Virginia to Oklahoma on the north.

Register your urban wood products and services or learn more at UrbanWoodExchange.org.

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About the Urban Wood Exchange
The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is a free online directory of urban wood products and services funded through the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region 8. Region 8 encompasses the following 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information visit UrbanWoodExchange.org.



‘No Wood Wasted’ Theme of NC Urban Forest & Small Woodlot Workshop

No-Wasted-Wood-Supply-ChainThe North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program is organizing a workshop and networking event addressing the growing demand  for locally sourced wood. The event one-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center, in Research Triangle Park.

The organizers are encouraging all stakeholders from foresters and arborists through woodworkers and municipal managers to attend. The workshop will address the business case for small woodlot and urban wood utilization; challenges and solutions for diverting wood from landfills into high-quality products; and the branding and marketing potential for local materials and small businesses.

The workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program, through funding from the USDA Forest Service, and in partnership with North Carolina State University and Dovetail Partners.

 Learn more and register.



Wood-Mizer Issues Call for Personal Best Contest Entries

Wood-Mizer-Personal-Best-ContestWood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, is accepting entries for its 2017 Personal Best Contest.

Since 1985, the contest has provided Wood-Mizer sawmill owners in the United States and Canada an  opportunity to showcase their dream projects built with lumber from their mill. Categories include homes, barns, cabins, sheds, tables and gazebos.

Twenty-five winners will share more than $20,000 in prize credits that can be used toward the purchase of any WoodMizer products, parts or accessories.

Contestants who submit their entry forms and photos by the June 14 deadline will receive a Wood-Mizer sports hat.

The final deadline for entering is July 31.

For more information abut the contest, rules and to enter, click here.

Related: See article about  urban wood-related  winners of Wood-Mizer’s 2016 Business Best contest.



Wisconsin Urban Wood Signs on as Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Charter

Secretary's Director JD Smith, left, and State Forester Fred Souba Jr., right, celebrate the signing of a Green Tier charter with Wisconsin Urban Wood's Executive Director Twink Jan-McMahon (Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR)

Secretary’s Director JD Smith, left, and State Forester Fred Souba Jr., right, celebrate the signing of a Green Tier charter with Wisconsin Urban Wood’s Executive Director Twink Jan-McMahon
(Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR)

MADISON, WI – Improving urban forest management practices took a step forward Friday with the signing of a Green Tier charter by Wisconsin Urban Wood and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin Urban Wood is a network of independent businesses and nonprofit organizations that promotes the utilization of urban wood. As a network, WUW is instrumental in working to keep urban ash trees from simply being chipped to minimize the spread of emerald ash borer. The group also works to connect the supply of the wood to those who can turn the logs into a valuable commodity. In addition, WUW promotes the societal environmental and economic value of urban wood to communities and property owners across Wisconsin.

“We are glad to be partnering with Wisconsin Urban Wood in its mission to help turn quality timber cut from urban trees into usable lumber, furniture, flooring and other valuable wood products,” said DNR’s Secretary Cathy Stepp.

The celebration, held today at Prima II Apartments in Fitchburg, culminated with the signing of an environmental results Charter by Wisconsin Urban Wood’s Executive Director Twink Jan-McMahon and DNR Secretary’s Director JD Smith. Those in attendance included WUW partners, arborists, representatives from the WI Urban Forestry Council, city of Madison, DNR Forestry staff and Avante Properties, who have incorporated urban wood in their apartment designs.

The WUW Charter provides value to Wisconsin by:

  • supporting WUW to serve as a champion for urban wood and act as a connection between the traditional and urban wood industries, municipalities, counties and end users;
  • filling critical roles on committees and advisory teams;
  • collaborating on initiatives to seek and address current or emerging issues affecting urban wood utilization in Wisconsin and to provide training when needed; and
  • providing urban forest owners with a network of arborists who are practicing sound business management practices by following WUW governing documents and DNR’s best management practices, and guidelines,

“WUW is pleased to serve as an urban wood champion for the DNR,” said WUW’s Jan-McMahon. “We look forward to building on our mutual efforts to promote urban wood utilization across the state for the sake of Wisconsin urban forests and their communities.”

More details about Wisconsin Urban Wood and Green Tier can be found the on the DNR’s Green Tier website. Green Tier is a voluntary program administered by the DNR. Under this program, DNR works with entities who conduct their business with beyond compliance efforts and continually look for ways to improve. Currently there are 82 participants with 248 facilities in the program along with six Green Tier Charters.

Check out the Wisconsin Urban Woods Green Tiers Charter.



City Forest Products Celebrates Urban Wood Biz Launch

City Forest Products LLC  (CFP) unfurled its ‘sales’ at a launch party held April 28 at Standing Passengers of Chicago.

Founder Chris Witek was pleased to report that 40 people- woodworkers, architects and others – attended the grand gala that preceded the official opening of CFP’s online store front for locally sourced urban wood goods. He said a select number of accent tables are available for purchase at FBR Furniture in Chicago or consumers can pre-order custom made pieces at www.cityforestproducts.com.

Witek described CFP as “a new social enterprise that creates value from urban woods.”

Anyone looking to collaborate with CFP is encouraged to contact Witek at cityforestproducts@gmail.com.

CFP’s instgram handle is @cityforeproducts.

Read previous post about CFP.

 



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.

 

 



Four Urban Wood Firms Snare Wood-Mizer Awards

Four enterprises recognized in Wood-Mizer LLC’s 2016 Business Best Contest are participating in their respective local urban wood movements.

The competition included first, second and third place winners in each of three categories. Entrants were judged on business practices, ethics, organization, and maintaining high-quality standards throughout their operations. Winners shared in $12,250 in prize credits and were profiled in The Wood-Mizer Way magazine.

Kamuela Hardwoods of Kamuela, HI, won first place in the Hydraulic Mills category. The company is going against the grain in offering lumber and specialty slabs from salvaged trees as an alternative to building materials that are predominantly imported. Kamuela Hardwoods’ customers make dining tables, bar tops, flooring, mouldings and trim, fence posts and even ukuleles.

J & M Logging & Sawmill of Fair Grove, MO, won first place for Manual Sawmills. Jacob Whitehead, who also possesses carpentry skills, operates a one-man sawmill operation focused on milling local trees.

The Wood Cycle of Oregon, WI, tied for third place in the Hydraulic Sawmill category. The Wood Cycle both mills and sells lumber and fabricates furniture, cabinets and products from urban wood. Owner Paul Morrison authored the book, Tree to Table: Emergence of the Urban Wood Movement.”

Knotthead Custom Sawing and Fabworx of Ceres, CA, tied for third place in the Hydraulic Sawmill category. Many of the company’s projects involve milling a homeowner’s cherished tree into lumber and then crafting finished products from it. The Knotthead profile was written by Jennfer Alger, who spoke at the urban wood seminar presented at the 2016 International Woodworking Fair and who wrote a blog posted on the IL WUT website: Let’s Make Urban Wood a Household Name.

Read about all of the Business Best Contest winners.

 

 

 

THIRD PLACE TIE

BY JENN ALGER Today, about half of Knotthead’s

business is custom sawing and the other

half a mixture of the sale of slabs and

finished products including Adirondack

furniture, finished outdoor and indoor

tables, birdhouses, live edge rustic

outbuildings, and a whole lot more. Many

of their projects are a combination of

the custom sawing and finished products,

where they turn people’s trees into beautiful

finished products for them to treasure. “All

of the wood is reclaimed locally, cut

into lumber and slabs and sold back

to people in our community,” said

Charles. “People love to come buy wood

with a local story and keep the wood living

on as a nice project.”

FIRST PLACE MANUAL SAWMILLS

J & M Logging and Sawmill in the

southwest Missouri town of Fair

Grove has built his one-man business from

a startup company to a profitable and

successful operation.

 



City Forest Products Slates April 28 Launch Party

City-Forest-Products-Accent-TableCity Forest Products LLC (CFP), described by its principal as “a new social enterprise that creates value from urban woods,” will host a launch party 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Standing Passengers, 1458 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago.

According to CFP founder Curtis Witek, “Our mission is to revitalize communities through the manufacturing and sale of sustainable products crafted from salvaged urban woods.”

CFP is based in Chicago’s West Town area. Witek is actively seeking local partners engaged in restoration and community development work, including woodworkers and marketers.

In its early stage of development, CFP’s products include accent tables, cutting boards and cheese boards all crafted from wood salvaged from local trees. These products will be sold through CFP’s website and at “various festival events around Chicago.”

CFP pledges to “dedicate 5% of our sales proceeds into a ‘Restoration Fund,’ which we reinvest in on-the-ground ecological restoration and community development projects.”

The launch party is meant to introduce CFP to other urban wood stakeholders. Admission to the celebration is free. Click here to RSVP.

For additional information about CFP, visit CityForestProducts.com or contact Witek at cityforestproducts@gmail.com.



Reclaimed Ash Furniture in Iowa Home Show Expo Spotlight

 

Furniture made from trees infested by the emerald ash borer was recently showcased at the Home & Remodeling Show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The Des Moines Register reported that the solid wood furnishings were crafted by Aronson Woodworks, a local custom woodworking business owned by Clay and Megan Aronson. According to the Register’s story, the Aronsons “stumbled across the idea to use ash wood to create furniture about three years ago.”

“We started experimenting with ash wood because it’s really inexpensive at the lumber yard,” Megan Aronson told the newspaper. “A small craftsman is always looking to create something that doesn’t cost a lot of money, and the qualities of ash wood are tremendous for furniture.”

In addition to creating custom furniture, Aronson has a small sawmill and plans to add a dry kiln. The company’s products are displayed at three furniture showrooms in Clive, IA.

Read The Des Moines Register’s article.

Visit AronsonFurniture.com.