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Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners Strut Their Stuff

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Among the many highlights of the Bringing the Urban Wood Full Circle Conference held March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook was the Urban Wood Products Showcase. The showcase 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. Nearly all of the entries also told a story about their lives as trees and their rebirth as functional and/or fun products.

Conference delegates got to vote for their favorite products on display in the showcase. First and second place People’s Choice Awards were awarded for two judging categories: Furniture and Specialty Items.

In the hotly contested Furniture category, Wade Ellis, owner of Ellis Custom Sawing and Woodworking of West Chicago, IL, took top honors for his gorgeous cherry chest. The chest was literally a last-minute entry. It took a strong write-in campaign to win first place.

Finishing second was a bell stand designed and fabricated by Jeff Perkis, owner of Story Wood. West Chicago City Museum, which maintains a record of the town’s railroad roots, commissioned Perkis to create the solid red oak stand with walnut accents to hold an old 80-pound train bell. Urban wood used for the project was salvaged from West Chicago community trees damaged in a 2012 storm. The wood was milled and kiln dried by Perkins and his uncle Ron Meyers of Meyers Woodworking & Lumber in Batavia, IL. The bell was finished by Ken Wier, owner of i2i Design of Wood Dale, IL. Meyers and Wier were among runner ups in the Furniture category.

An electric acoustic ukulele and amplifier crafted by Paul Pettigrew, architect and associate professor of the Illinois Institute of Technology was the top winner of the Specialty Items category. The musical instrument combo incorporates spalted soft maple, hard maple, rosewood and chrome-plated ukulele tuners. Like a sea shell captures ocean sounds, Pettigrew said, “I liked the idea of being able to ‘hear the sounds’ of Buchanan, Michigan, the source of the wood for the ukulele and amplifier.”

Eric Beauchamp of Beau Bois Custom Creations of Evanston, IL, took second place with a set of Fractal Elm Trays. Wood for the trays came from an American elm tree estimated at more than 130 years old that Beauchamp said “was cared for as the centerpiece of a garden in Evanston.” The tree was removed as a “safety precaution.” The main trunk, 14.5 feet long and 4.5 feet in diameter, was milled and kiln dried by Horigan Forest Products of Skokie, IL.

The Urban Wood Products Showcase was coordinated by John Lough, Senior City Forester of Chicago. Photos and information of all of the entries will be  posted on illinoisurbanwood.org in the coming weeks.



Diverse Audience Unites at Urban Wood Event

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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.

The unique conference focused on converting community trees into lumber and wood products. It was presented by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team March 18 at Hamburger University on McDonald’s corporate campus in Oak Brook, IL. Sponsors included Horigan Urban Forest Products, the Wisconsin Arborist Association, Sterling Tree Solutions Meyers Woodworking & Lumber, Graf Tree Care.

While most of these diverse conference delegates hailed from the greater Chicago area, others traveled from southern Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska and even Ontario, Canada.

Among the many highlights:

  • Edith Makra, chairperson of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, kicked off the conference noting that there is an estimated 3 to 4 billion board feet of lumber potentially available from the nation’s urban forests. Capitalizing on this greatly underutilized raw material would require local markets throughout the country to strengthen their links in the chain from land managers and tree care services to sawyers and woodworkers.
  • Ian Brown, urban forestry district manager for Milwaukee, discussed how Milwaukee is diverting 100% of its logs to local sawmill and in the process reducing disposal costs by 50%.
  • In a similar vein, John Lough, senior city forester of Chicago, shared the Windy City’s urban log removal and reclamation plan.
  • Separate presentations by August Hoppe, president of Hoppe Tree Services and the Urban Wood Lab in Milwaukee, and Jessica Simons, coordinator of Michigan’s Urbanwood Project based in Ann Arbor shared different models for developing retail outlets for urban wood lumber, slabs and wood products.
  • Three architects participated in the conference. Laureen Blissard, principal of LTBL Envirotecture presented how urban wood fits into sustainability building programs including LEED. Jeff Perkis, senior project manager for Chipman Architecture Design and owner of Story Wood, recounted how dozens of hardwood trees downed in a freakish 2011  storm in West Chicago were salvaged and turned into furniture and other wood  products. One of the most recent is a bell stand Perkins made for the West Chicago museum. Architect Paul Pettigrew, also an associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, showed more than 100 slides of projects made by his students of his popular furniture and architecture class over the years.
  • Ken Wier, owner of i2i Design, told the audience why he loves making furniture from urban wood because of its rich and often unpredictable splendor compared to hardwoods harvested from traditional forests. Wier’s discerning customers include Starbucks, Mariano’s and Freshii.
  • Mike Dimitroff, manager of art initiatives for the Chicago Park District, showcased a variety of projects that use wood reclaimed from city parks including the Bears Den at Solider Field and at CPD community wood shops. Dimitroff was joined by Jim Semelka, urban forestry advocate for Sterling Tree Solutions, to discuss how the public and private company partner on urban wood tree reclamation programs.
  • Dimitroff also showed how thermally modified urban wood is being used as a decking material for the CPD’s harbor dock. Brian Mitalo, regional salesperson for Tourneslol Siteworks, which makes outdoor furniture and more from thermally modified lumber TML), agreed that there is great potential for converting urban wood into TML.
  • Prof. Dan Cassens, wood extension specialist at Purdue University, pulled double duty. First he lectured on how urban wood sellers can compete with traditional hardwood lumber and wood products by not only being novel, but by being nimble. Cassens also conducted a live portable sawmill demonstration using logs generously donated by Ron Meyers of Meyers Woodworking & Lumber of Batavia, IL.

Rounding out the event were plenty of networking opportunities, including a networking featuring table top exhibits and more than a dozen furniture and other items displayed in the Urban Wood Products Showcase.

The Bringing the Full Circle Conference was preceded by an all-day Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop instructed by Prof. Dan Cassens, wood products extension specialist at Purdue University.

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Register for Hardwood Workshop & Urban Wood Conference Online by March 16

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Online registration for the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop and Brining the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference remains open through Wednesday, March 16.

Register by then to save $25 compared to at-the-door registration fees. (See fee schedule table at the bottom of this post.)

Best yet, take advantage of the Daily Double Discount Package to save an additional $45 to attend both programs..

The Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Conference is limited to 50 attendees. The program, presented by Prof. Daniel Cassens of Purdue University’s Department of Forestry, is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The workshop is being presented in special partnership with the DuPage Country Forest Preserve and the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. The classroom of the workshop will include presentations on lumber grading, milling strategies and drying. The program also will include a portable sawmill demonstration. The $110 registration fee includes lunch and beverage breaks. Click here to view the workshop schedule and to register.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle is scheduled for Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, the conference has the support of Horigan Urban Wood Products, Wisconsin Arborist Association, Sterling Tree Solutions, Meyers Woodworking & Lumber, American Society of Landscape Architects – Illinois Chapter, ElkhartWood, Illinois Arborist Association, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, International Woodworking Fair, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Tree Care Industry Association, Urban Wood Project of Southeast Michigan and USDA Forest Service.

$150 online registration fee includes:

  • 12 presentations focused on various links of the chain for converting urban trees into lumber and wood products;
  • Portable sawmill demonstration;
  • Urban Wood Products Showcase;
  • Networking reception with tabletop exhibits; and
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Networking Reception Appetizers and a.m. and p.m. refreshment breaks.

Click here to view the conference schedule and sponsors and to register.

Need more info?
Contact Rich Christianson, Conference Director, richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com; 773-822-6750.

 

Register by >>> Now thru
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On-Site
March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop $110.00 $135.00
March 18 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference $150.00 $175.00
Daily Double (Both Programs) $215.00 $260.00


Early-Bird Discount Conference Registration Extended

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Consider this our Leap-Year Amnesty Plan.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team is offering a second and final chance to register at the advance discount registration rates for both the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference and companion Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop.

Register by Monday, February 29 to save $25 on online and $50 on at-the-door registration fees. (See fee schedule table at the bottom of this post.)

Best yet, take advantage of the Daily Double Discount Package  to save an additional $35 to attend both programs..

The Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Conference is limited to 50 attendees. The program, presented by Prof. Daniel Cassens of Purdue University’s Department of Forestry, is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The workshop is being presented in special partnership with the DuPage Country Forest Preserve and the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. The classroom of the workshop will include presentations on lumber grading, milling strategies and drying. The program also will include a portable sawmill demonstration. The $85 registration fee includes lunch and beverage breaks. Click here to view the workshop schedule and to register.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle is scheduled for Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, the conference has the support of Horigan Urban Wood Products, Wisconsin Arborist Association, American Society of Landscape Architects – Illinois Chapter, ElkhartWood, Illinois Arborist Association, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, International Woodworking Fair, Tree Care Industry Association, Urban Wood Project of Southeast Michigan  and USDA Forest Service.

$125 early-bird registration fee includes:

  • 12 presentations focused on various links of the chain for converting urban trees into lumber and wood products;
  • Portable sawmill demonstration;
  • Urban Wood Products Showcase;
  • Networking reception with tabletop exhibits; and
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Networking Reception Appetizers and a.m. and p.m. refreshment breaks.

Click here to view the conference schedule and sponsors and to register.

 

Register by >>> Early-Bird
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Feb. 21 to
March 16
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Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop $85.00 $110.00 $135.00
Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference $125.00 $150.00 $175.00
Daily Double (Both Programs) $175.00 $215.00 $260.00


ASLA CEUs Available for Hardwood Lumber & Urban Wood Events

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The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects will award continuing education units to qualified attendees of both the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop and the March 18 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference.

Both events are being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team in separate facilities in Oak Brook, IL. .

The ASLA-Illinois Chapter, Conference Partner of the events, has more than 500 members and is one of the largest chapters of ASLA. ASLA’s mission is “To lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.”

ASLA members can earn 6 Non-HSW (Health, Safety and Welfare) CEUs for attending the Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop, Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Purdue University of Forestry Prof. Daniel Cassens, a leading authority of North American hardwoods, will present the full-day program focused on hardwood sawing, grading, drying and more. The workshop will include a portable sawmill demonstration. Registration includes lunch. Click here to view workshop schedule and register.

ASLA members can earn 6.5 HSW CEUs for attending the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL. The program will navigate all links of the urban wood market chain from land management and tree removal through milling community trees into lumber that can then be fabricated into furniture, flooring and other wood products. The conference will include an Urban Wood Products Showcase of cool professional and student projects, a sawmill demonstration and a Networking Reception with table top displays, including one manned by ASLA-IL representatives. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, appetizers and break snacks.

Click here to view the conference schedule and register.

 



Thank You Urban Wood Conference Supporters!

Horigan Urban Forest Products

Horigan Urban Forest Products, an Ash Sponsor, has reclaimed lumber from thousands of trees that would otherwise likely have been chipped, mulched or split into firewood.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team gratefully acknowledges the far-flung support for the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Sponsors and partners of the conference are demonstrating their commitment to helping further the sustained development of growth of local, state and regional urban wood marketplaces through their participation in the conference.

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In addition to warehousing more than 50,000 board feet of urban lumber – from ash to black walnut – Horigan Urban Forestry Products of Skokie, IL, offers custom milling and kiln drying services.

The Wisconsin Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, is dedicated to improving the knowledge and quality of the profession of arboriculture. Its members include commercial, municipal, utility and academic arborists.

Sterling Tree Solutions, based in River Forest, IL, specializes in total tree care including tree removal, pruning and trimming. The company has been servicing the Chicagoland area for 75 years. The experienced team at Sterling Tree Solutions offers not only immaculate, careful tree removal services, but also is dedicated to the utmost care and integrity of a tree.

Graf Tree Care of St. Charles, IL, was founded in 1999 by arborist Phil Graf as a two-man tree trimming operation. The company has expanded its client base and grown its business to include Plant Health Care and tree diagnostics, root feeding and disease and pest control. In 2009 the company launched its Natural Resources Management and GIS division to map and monitor the spread of the emerald ash borer. The company now has a staff of 12, including five employees certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

The Chicago Park District was incorporated in 1934 with the consolidation of twenty-two separate and independent park districts that already existed within Chicago. The oldest and (financially) largest parks agency in the United States, the Chicago Park District is now the steward of 8,300+ acres of open space, including more than 585 parks, 26 beaches, 10 harbors, 50 natural areas, and 2 world-class conservatories. The Chicago Park District is one of the nation’s leading providers of green space and recreation. Its long tradition of exquisitely-designed landscapes includes legacy work from such world-renowned figures as Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., the Olmsted Brothers, Jens Jensen and Alfred Caldwell. Accordingly, the Park District is very intentional about its urban lumber resources and has active representation on the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

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The American Society of Landscape Architects – Illinois Chapter, with nearly 500 members, is one of the largest chapters of ASLA. Members attending the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will receive 6.5 CEUs. In addition, 6.0 CEUs are being offered for the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

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is an urban wood utilization program that unites the city of Elkhart, Indiana’s Environmental Center and its Forestry Division. The program identifies trees targeted for removal that can produce logs suitable for furniture, art and other value-added products. The program brings together Elkhart community sawyers, woodworkers and other individuals who could put this wood to good use.

The Illinois Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, aims to “foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture.” The IAA is offering 4.0 CEUs for members who attend the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference. Read more.

The Illinois Center for Sustainable Technology’s interest in the urban wood movement is embodied in its mission statement: “to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.”

The International Woodworking Fair is North America’s largest industrial woodworking event. The next edition is set for August 24-27, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus  is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 273 cities, towns and villages. The Caucus provides a forum for metropolitan Chicago’s chief elected officials to collaborate on common problems and work toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home.

Meyers Woodworking & Lumber, based in Batavia, IL, is a full-service custom sawmill operation with a dry kiln on premise. Owner Ron Meyers has been a strong ally for the local urban wood movement and has donated services for many great causes including the Out of the Wood Exhibit in West Chicago, student furniture projects at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL. Contact Ron Meyers at 630-308-2955.

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is a trade association of more than 2,200 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies whose “mission is to advance tree care businesses.TCIA develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms around the world.

The Urban Wood Project of Southeast Michigan is dedicated to promoting value-added repurposing of community trees upon their removal. The organization helped establish three retail outlets for urban lumber and goods. Its network of local sawmills turns dead urban trees into products that bring lasting value and exceptional character for consumers.

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The Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s projects are made possible through grant funding by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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The Illinois Wood Utilization Team, comprised of stakeholders up and down the supply chain – from public and private sector land managers, arborists and foresters through sawyers, the A&D community  and woodworkers – was established in 2009 in response to the devastation wreaked by the invasive emerald ash borer. IL WUT’s mission to develop and promote local, state and regional market exchanges to encourage the highest-value use of dead and dying ash trees quickly expanded to encompass community trees of all species capable of yielding logs for lumber for use in furniture, cabinets, flooring and other consumer and industrial products. IL WUT’s staunch advocacy of urban wood n wood utilization dovetails not only with “green”  initiatives but with the source local-buy local movement.

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Daily Double Discount: Hardwood Lumber & Urban Forest Events

save-moneyBy Rich Christianson

The countdown continues…

In eight weeks the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (IL WUT) will present a pair of special education events of interest to all participants of full circle urban forestry and urban wood markets. This especially includes all stakeholders along the urban wood market supply chain from public a private landowners and managers to tree care professionals and sawyers right on through architects and woodworkers.

The events – in order of appearance – are:

Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop, Thursday, March 17 at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Both programs feature live portable sawmilling demonstrations.

IL WUT has made every effort to offer each of these full-day programs high in value and low in cost. As an additional incentive, anyone registering to attend both programs can save an additional $35. The Daily Double package is $175 vs. $210 to register separately for the events.

Early-Bird Registration Ends February 29
Not only is the clock ticking until the start of the events, it is also ticking down to the end of early bird registration and early-bird savings.

Register by Monday, February 29 to lock in the lowest registration pricing.

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Early-Bird
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Feb. 21 to
March 16
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Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop  $85.00  $110.00 $135.00
Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference  $125.00  $150.00  $175.00
 Daily Double (Both Programs)  $175.00  $215.00  $260.00

Need a Place to Stay?
The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus is the headquarters hotel for both events. Click here to reserve a room.

Interested in Sponsorship & Display Opportunities?
Three levels of sponsorships are available for the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference: Ash, Oak & Walnut. Sponsorships fees include a display table and one to three conference registrations.

Got Questions?
Contact Rich Christianson, Conference Director, richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com; phone 773-822-6750.

 

 



Urban Wood Conference Topics Go Full Circle

ILWUT_LogoA faculty of more than one dozen passionate and learned professionals, culled from all links of the urban wood supply chain, will share their knowledge and expertise at the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference.

The conference, organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (IL WUT), is set for Friday, March 18, 2016 at world famous Hamburger University on McDonald’s world wide corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL.

Edith Makra, chairperson of IL WUT, will kick off the conference with an overview of the growing but still largely untapped source of lumber and high-value wood products that could potentially be made from wood salvaged from end-of-life private and public community trees. Her presentation will set the stage for subsequent presentations that will highlight best practices for removing urban trees to optimize lumber recovery, strategies for successfully milling urban wood to manufacture salable products and marketing and retailing urban wood products that appeal to the burgeoning source local, buy local movement.

Invited presenters include urban wood proponents representing Milwaukee, WI; Ann Arbor, MI; and Chicago. In addition, case studies will illustrate real-world urban wood success stories, including i2i Design, a Chicago-area custom woodworking company that supplies displays, furniture and decorative millwork crafted from locally-sourced urban wood for the likes of Starbucks, Mariano’s and others.

The “greenness” of urban wood will be thoroughly explored in multiple presentations including by Laureen Blissard, a LEED certified architect, and Paul Pettigrew, who is teaching the next generation of architects and designers about the potential of urban wood for use in furniture, architectural details and other wood products.

Purdue University Prof. Daniel Cassens, a leading authority of North American hardwood lumber, will discuss urban wood’s place in hardwood markets. He will also conduct live portable sawmill demonstrations using logs felled at McDonald’s corporate campus. (Cassens will also present a full-day Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop, Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.)

The full-day event will also include plenty of networking, table-top displays by companies and groups invested in the urban wood market and an Urban Wood Products Showcase of furniture, artistic objects and other products crafted by students and professionals using urban wood.

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

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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.

 

 

 

 



International Woodworking Fair Supports Urban Wood Conference

IWF2014 LogoThe International Woodworking Fair (IWF), North America’s largest woodworking event, is lending its support to the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

IWF has signed on as a partner sponsor of the unique event being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will bring together public and private land managers, arborists, architects and designers, sawyers, woodworkers and other entrepreneurs to share and learn next-step actions to participate in a market-driven source local, buy local urban wood economy. The unique conference will focus on industry best practices for everything from urban tree removal and milling through wood manufacturing and marketing the distinct local appeal of urban wood products.

“The utilization of urban wood for wood manufacturing is an important new market for the industry,” said Tom Onsrud, IWF 2016 Chairman and President of C.R. Onsrud of Troutman, NC. “We support efforts to salvage the highest valued use from urban trees.”

“We thank the organizers of IWF for their cooperation with our program,” said Rich Christianson, conference director for the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. “They understand that there is an opportunity for many public and private community trees that are felled because of insect infestation, storm damage or other reasons to be converted into lumber and ultimately used for making custom furniture, cabinets and other wood products.

“The urban wood movement is not just a Midwest phenomenon,” Christianson added. “The emerald ash borer has killed more than 250 million ash trees in more than 20 states and several Canadian provinces. Its deadly rampage has given cause for federal, state, county and local governments to think beyond simply chipping and mulching ash and other landscape trees in the urban forest. This growing awareness has led to the creation and rapid growth of a cottage industry that encompasses tree care companies, sawyers, woodworkers and even hardwood retailers across the country.”

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will include a dozen informative presentations, a live portable sawmilling demonstration, tabletop displays and a networking reception. In addition, furniture and other functional and artistic objects crafted by woodworking professionals and students will be displayed in the Urban Wood Products Showcase.

The full-day program will be preceded by a Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop presented by Prof. Dan Cassens of Purdue University Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Learn More and Register
To learn more about attending the conference or sponsorship and display opportunities, visit illinoisurbanwood.org.

Questions about the conference should be directed to Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest woodworking event. IWF 2016 is scheduled for August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must attend” show for supplies, manufacturing and processing of materials for the furniture, cabinetry, flooring, door and window, plastics, solid surfacing and machine tooling industries. IWF 2014 attracted more than 23,000 woodworking professionals and industry suppliers from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

About the Illinois Wood Utilization Team Founded in 2009, the Illinois Wood Utilization Team is a network of land managers, professionals in the wood products industry, natural resource and green building experts and artisans dedicated to promoting and developing a sustainable market place for achieving the best possible use of trees felled in the urban forest. The Illinois WUT is part of a four-state grant project funded through the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area. Other grant partners include the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council and Recycle Ann Arbor; the Missouri Department of Conservation; and the Sustainable Resources Institute Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.