Monthly archives: June, 2016

North American Urban Wood Directory Entries Sought

Prof. Dan Cassens conducts a sawmill demo.

Prof. Dan Cassens conducts a sawmill demo.

By Rich Christianson

The Full Circle Urban Forest Network (FCUFN) is compiling a North American Urban Wood Utilization Resource Guide. The guide will include listings of national, state and municipal web sites that can help connect custom woodworkers with local sawyers who mill logs from landscape and community trees into lumber and slabs.

In addition to being posted online, the directory will be distributed at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), where the FCUFN is organizing a special 90-minute seminar: “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees.” The 90-minute session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Interested parties are invited to submit links to resourceful urban wood websites for consideration inclusion in the guide. These include state small scale and portable sawmills, state and municipal urban wood exchanges, etc.

Here’s a few examples:

Submit website links to Rich Christianson, Communications Director, Illinois Wood Utilization Team at; phone 773-822-6750.

Chicago Botanic Garden Exhibit Exposes the ‘Hidden Art of Trees’


The Joutras Gallery at the Chicago Botanic Garden is showcasing furniture and accessories crafted from hardwoods culled from area urban forests by eight wood artisans.

Participating artists include Kelly Bresnahan, Greta de Parry, Michael Doerr, Celia Greiner, Mike Jarvi,  Matthew Osborn, Lou Pignolet, and Sean “Lucky” Rice. The exhibit also include tree trunk specimens milled by Horigan Urban Forest Products of Skokie, IL.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 21. The Chicago Botanic Gardens is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe.

Learn more about the exhibit.


Magazine Profiles Baraboo Woodworks’ Urban Wood Model

Baraboo-Woodworks-FeatureBaraboo Woodworks, a member of Wisconsin Urban Wood, was recently featured in Madison Essentials magazine.

The business, focused on converting end-of-life landscape trees into lumber and custom furniture, was launched a year ago by Fred Clark, who previously served three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Clark, a professional arborist, is also executive director of the Forest Stewards Guild.

“The entire concept of Baraboo Woodworks is to connect local wood with local buyers,” Clark told the magazine. “We want to create better options and reduce waste by connecting forests and tree owners with people who care about local products and locally made materials.”

Read the full story.


Video: Custom Woodworker & Sawyer Make a Great Team

Roger Branson, owner of Red Rooster Sawmill of Pacific, MO, and Martin Goebel, president and creative director of Goebel & Co. Furniture of St. Louis, MO, have teamed up on many woodworking pieces and projects crafted with urban wood.

The accompanying video explores the close partnership between Branson, who mills community logs with a Wood0Mizer portable sawmill into lumber used for many of Goebel’s residential and commercial furniture pieces.

Woodworking Network named Goebel 2014 Young Woodworking Professional of the Year. Read more.

Wood-Mizer is sponsor of “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees,” a free 90-minute seminar scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Learn more.