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American Hardwoods Focus of New Free Guide

A Guide to Sustainable American Hardwoods was recently issued by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). 

The publication combines AHEC’s guide to species and guide to lumber grades in to a single illustrated and comprehensive 102-page publication.

The front half of the guide provides a full break down of the properties, applications, and environmental credentials of commercially available U.S. hardwood species. The back half includes a simplified explanation of the NHLA grading system, which is the national standard for the U.S. hardwood lumber industry and forms the basis for export grading.

AHEC is an international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry, representing U.S. hardwood exporters and major U.S. hardwood product trade associations. AHEC runs a worldwide program to promote the full range of American hardwoods in more than 50 export markets.

Download the Guide

 



Most Popular Posts of 2021

A milling project undertaken by the Chicago Park District last winter was the second most viewed post of 2021.

As we prepare for what I hope will be a healthy, prosperous and fingers-crossed, post-pandemic 2022, we take a look at the stories posted on IllinoisUrbanWood that garnered the most eyeballs in 2021.

Thanks to all for you interest in furthering the Urban Wood Movement here in Illinois and beyond. 

Happy New Year!

Rich Christianson
Editor & Publisher

1

Chicago City Council Debates Urban Forestry Advisory Board to Address Declining Tree Population
I
n 2019, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General released a report highlighting ways in which the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s Bureau of Forestry could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their tree-trimming program.

2

Slideshow: Chicago Park District’s Wintry Milling Project
The Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources team recently initiated lumber milling at the West Ridge Natural Area.

 

3

House Bill Includes ‘Cooperative Agreements’ for Urban Wood Utilization
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) has introduced the Urban Forest Act of 2021, which includes provisions for incentivizing urban wood utilization.

4

Invitation to Learn About the New IL Chapter of Urban Wood Network
Erika Horigan announces the first meeting of the Urban Wood Network-Illinois Chapter.

5

Urban Wood Italian Style
Franco Paolinelli of Silvicultura Agrocultura Paesaggio, reports on urban wood projects in Rome, Italy. 

6

Watch Black Oak Go from Logs to Table
Video shows the key stages of three huge logs from a felled black oak being repurposed into tables.

7

Video: Restoration Research of the American Chestnut Part 1
Part 1 of this two-part video program focuses on the historical significance of the American chestnut, its dominance in eastern U.S. forests and its quick and fatal decline to chestnut blight disease.

8

How Harrisonburg, VA, Upscales Dead Ash Trees
Harrisonburg, VA, home to 54,000 people and the annual Gr8 Film Festival, is also serious about repurposing its ash trees victimized by the emerald ash borer.

9

American Hardwoods Focus of New Free Guide
A Guide to Sustainable American Hardwoods was recently issued by the American Hardwood Export Council.

10

UK Researchers Search for EAB-Resistant Trees
Researchers at the University of Kentucky hope to use the seed and genetic material from lingering ash trees for breeding programs and research purposes to develop ash trees that confer some resistance to the emerald ash borer.



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.

 



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.

 

 

 

 



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03/31/22 – Update on the Urban Wood Network-IL Chapter

03/29/22 – Fast Company Honors Taylor Guitars for Urban Wood Use

02/25/22 – Icon Modern to Host UWN-IL Info Meeting on March 9

02/24/22 – Seizing the Value of Fallen Trees

02/22/22 – Room & Board Launches Table Line Made of Reclaimed Ash Nationwide

01/26/22 – IL Chapter of Urban Wood Network Officially Launches

01/10/22 – Don Peterson, Founding Executive Director of Urban Wood Network, Passes Away

12/28/21 – Online Directory Lists More Than 80 IL Custom Sawmills

11/29/21 – Wood-Mizer Anoints Sinker Cypress Desk As Top Furniture Project

11/26/21 – Invitation to Take Part in the Urban Wood Network IL’s Dec. 2 Next Steps Zoom Meeting

10/28/21 – Now Streaming: Chicago’s Urban Forest Metrics

10/26/21 – Video: Sawing Urban Wood with a Stihl 880 and Alaskan Chainsaw Mill

10/26/21 – Traece Software Simplifies Urban Lumber Inventory Management

09/23/21 – New IL Chapter of Urban Wood Network Slates Next Steps Zoom Meeting

09/23/21 – Celebrate OAKtober

09/15/21 – Cheyenne, WY, Braces for EAB’s Arrival

09/14/21 – Video: Urban Wood Sawyer Awarded Grant by CalFire

08/26/21 – Twin City Closet Turns to Wood From The Hood For Reclaimed Ash Conference Table

08/19/21 – Syracuse Designates $2M in Stimulus Money to Plant Trees, Combat Climate Change

08/16/21 – Waukesha County, WI, Urban Wood Program Among SFI Grant Recipients

07/30/21 – The Story of Urban Wood Guitars

07/30/21 – Video: Deadwood Revival Design brings urban forest full circle

07/29/21 – Forest Service Awards $15M in Wood Innovation Grants Program

07/26/21 – 5-Step Plan for Managing Urban Forest to Fight Climate Change

06/18/21 – Video: Restoring the American Chestnut Part 2

06/15/21 – Urban Ashes Partners with NextCycle Michigan

05/30/21 – House Bill Includes ‘Cooperative Agreements’ for Urban Wood Utilization

05/30/21 – Chicago Area’s Urban Forests Have More Trees and Lots of Challenges

05/27/21 – Professor named ‘Citizen of the Year’ for Urban Wood Use Program

05/25/21 – Plethora of Research Aims to Safeguard Trees from Pests & Pathogens

04/25/21 – Urban Wood Network Announces First State Chapters

04/18/21 – SFI Commits to Developing Urban Forestry Sustainability Standard

04/15/21 – Developer Salvages Urban Timber; Wins Georgia Tree Council Award

04/12/21 – Video: Restoration Research of the American Chestnut Part 1

03/23/21 – Videos: NCUFC Public Service Announcement Emphasize Trees’ Importance

02/26/21 – Slideshow: Chicago Park District’s Wintery Milling Project

02/24/21 – U.S. Ag Department Ends EAB Quarantine Regulations

02/24/21 – Video: Wood From The Hood’s Story and Slideshow Tour

02/11/21 – Urban Forest Connections: More than 60 Webinars Served

01/29/21 – CBS News Features Report on Baltimore Urban Wood Project

01/28/21 – Video: NC Urban Wood Sawmill & Vacuum Kiln Webinar

01/25/21 – NASF Fact Sheet Highlights Wisconsin Urban Woods’ Success

01/21/21 – UK Researchers Search for Ash Borer-Resistant Trees

urban wood fabrication at UW Stout12/29/20 – How Harrisonburg, VA, Upscales Dead Ash Trees

12/28/20 – Urban Tree Merchants Is Keeping Score

12/26/20 – American Hardwoods Focus of New Free Guide

12/23/20 – Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 1: Getting Started

12/23/20 – Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 2: Mortality Status

12/23/20 – Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 3: Trunk Diameter

12/23/20 – Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 4: Location Methods

12/23/20 – Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 5: Managing Field Work

11/29/20 – Watch Urban Wood Movement: Expanding from Coast to Coast Webinar

11/29/20 – Video: Artist Makes Urban Tree Invisible

11/22/20 – Urban Lumber Expands with Acquisition of Urban Hardwoods

10/24/20 – Hurricane Sally Ravaged Oaks to Become Art Works

10/19/20 – National Urban Wood Academy Set for Nov. 20

10/10/20 – Atlantic Fine Hardwoods: From African Exotics to Georgian Urban Wood

09/27/20 – World Demand for Massive Wood Slabs to Surpass $2B by 2030

09/26/20 – Urban Wood Movement’s Growth Focus of IWF Connect Webinar

09/15/20 – Urban Hardwoods Christens New Showroom

08/28/20 – Cornell to Research Using EAB-Ravaged Trees for Engineered Wood Products

08/22/20 – Urban Wood Network Secures Forest Service Grant

08/20/20 – Canadian Teen’s Woodworking Business Built on Backyard Trees

07/31/20 – Urban Wood Workbook Tells How to Create Value from Waste

07/28/20 – Sculptures Feature Urban Spalted Maple

07/22/20 – Urban Wood Network’s Future Visioning Webinars Available On Demand

07/14/20 – Chicago Neighborhood Makes a Stand to Save Ash Trees

06/29/20 – IWF Cancelled; Urban Wood Seminar to Be Virtual Event

06/25/20 – Video: Overview of i-Tree Landscape

06/25/20 – Urban Wood Forest Brewing Opens During Pandemic

06/20/20 – Penn State Developing Tech That Destroys Pests in Wood

05/29/20 – Taylor Guitars Uses Urban Ash for Tonewood

05/27/20 – WUW & City of Marshfield Partner on Urban Wood Use Agreement

05/16/20 – Video: Urban Wood Rescue of Sacramento

04/23/20 – Pilot Program in Rome Uses Urban Wood to Curb Kids’ Digital Addiction

04/22/20 – Urban Wood Movement’s Growth Focus of IWF Seminar

04/22/20 – Urban Lumber Business Strategies Theme of May 13 UWN Webinar

04/17/20 – Allendale Association’s Youth Learn about Urban Wood

03/27/20 – Slideshow: Nebraska’s Ash Wood Showcase

03/09/20 – Award-winning Book Celebrates Chicago Tree Project

02/26/20 – UWN Slates ‘Future Visioning’ Webinar Series

02/19/20 – Study compares EAB impact: Vienna vs. Minneapolis

01/28/20 – NC Program Protects Ash Trees from EAB

01/24/20 – Sculptor Adds Urban Wood to Her Palette

01/19/20 – New Sculptures Breathe Fresh Life into Four Dying Trees

01/17/20 – Urban Wood Use Action Guide Is Chock Full of Resources

01/14/20 – Alabama Sawyer Fills Big Order for Gulf State Park Eatery

12/06/19 – Paul Simon Concert Benefits SF Urban Forest

12/06/19 – Wisconsin Urban Wood Assists $10K Tree Planting Project

12/03/19 – Video: Good Wood Guys Mill Huge Black Cotton Log

11/22/19 – Chicago Furniture Maker Digs the Vibe of Urban Wood

11/22/19 – Chicago Plans to Inventory Urban Forest Canopy in 2020

11/06/19 – Urban Wood Standards & Certification Highlight Webcast

10/28/19 – Wudeward’s Owner Shares His Passion for Urban Wood in Podcast

10/27/19 – NYC Declares Victory Over Long-Horned Beetle

10/17/19 – Video: Palomar College’s Urban Wood Sawmill

09/26/19 – Forest Service Slates Urban Wood Utilization Webinar for Oct. 8

09/26/19 – Hoppe Tree Service Opens Second Urban Wood Lab

09/25/19 – Wood-Mizer’s New SlabMizer Flattens Slabs

09/18/19 – Wisconsin Urban Wood Slates Webinar for A&D Pros

08/30/19 – Wood From The Hood Opens Urban Lumber Showroom

08/28/19 – Fiserv Forum Design Team Wins Wisconsin Urban Wood Use Award

08/27/19 – Texas Urban Wood Firm Focuses on ‘Tree to Home’

08/26/19 – ‘Upscale Urban Wood’ Is Theme of Arbor Day Foundation Bulletin

07/30/19 – Madison, WI: A Progressive Urban Wood City

07/24/19 – NC Urban Forest Council Plans Urban Wood Use Workshop

06/26/19 – Watch Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar #1

06/25/19 – Chicagoans ‘Import’ Live Edge Walnut Table from KC

06/21/19 – Petitioners Push for ‘National Urban Wood Day’

06/18/19 – Event to Highlight ‘Urban Wood from Coast to Coast’

05/29/19 – Tables Made in Seattle Reside in NYC

05/28/19 – Video: WoodSwimmer into Tranquility

05/20/19 – SkillsUSA & Urban Wood Unite in Wisconsin

04/15/19 – SUFC Names New Co-chairs

04/10/19 – August Hoppe Joins TCIA Board

04/01/19 – Like Urban Wood Network on Facebook

03/28/19 – Alabama Launchpad Jumpstarts Urban Wood Business

03/18/19 – Lumber Woman Repurposes Wood from Topeka’s Urban Forest

03/08/19 – Video: (Urban) Forest Proud

03/04/19 – The Greenfield, WI, Urban Wood Model

02/15/19 – Forest Service Extends Wood Innovation Grant Deadline

02/14/19 – UWN Q&A: Tim O’Neill, Urban Lumber Company

02/10/19 – New Report Explores How Certification Can Grow Urban Wood Demand

02/08/19 – Urban Wood Toolkit Offers Guidance for Utilizing Community Trees

01/30/19 – Urban Wood Network Sets 2019 Membership Fees

12/27/18 – Urban Wood Network Slates ‘Urban Wood Toolkit’ Webinar for Jan. 30

12/16/18 – Emerald Ash Borer Threatens 50,000 Trees in Lincoln, NE

12/13/18 – Dead Ash Trees Come to Life as Chainsaw Sculptures

12/02/18 – Hoppe Tree Service Takes Full Circle Approach

12/02/18 – Green America Honors GA Urban Wood Business

11/26/18 – How to Improve Yields Milling ‘Out-of-Shape Logs’

11/20/18 – UWN Webinar #4: Starting a State Urban Wood Network

11/07/18 – Urban Sawmilling in Hawaii

10/31/18 – Put Your Urban Wood Business on the Map

10/26/18 – Video: Dan Cassens on ‘Milling Your Own Lumber’

10/22/18 – UWN Webinar #3: How to Produce Urban Wood Products

10/09/18 – National Urban Wood Project Certification Update

09/25/18 – Urban Wood Webinar #2: How to Produce & Market Urban Lumber

09/24/18 – DoMUS Serves as Industry Model for Wisconsin Urban Wood

09/22/18 – Retired Teacher Focuses on Growing Urban Wood Business

08/27/18 – Urban Wood Movement Surges Ahead at IWF

08/17/18 – UWN Webinar #1 On Demand: Urban Tree Removals

08/16/18 – GWTP Celebrates 25 Years Training Low-Income Chicagoans for Woodworking Careers

08/02/18 – Story of Riverside’s Wind-Felled Oak Featured in Woodshop News

07/25/18 – How Urban Wood Use Mitigates Climate Change

07/17/18 – Wisconsin Urban Forest Fest Set for Sept. 15

07/17/18 – Q&A with Erika Horigan of Horigan Urban Forest Products

07/06/18 – Urban Wood Network Announces ‘How To Do Urban Wood’ Seminar Series

06/24/18 – Adding Value to Urban Trees: Two Upcoming Workshops at MSU

06/19/18 – IWF Urban Wood Seminar Gains Diverse Sponsorship Support

06/10/18 – Video: Introducing the Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods Network

05/25/18 – Wood-Mizer Acquires Swedish Manufacturer of 4-Sided Planers/Moulders

05/25/18 – More Than 1,750 Strong! Urban Wood Network LinkedIn Community

05/18/18 – Wisconsin Urban Wood Graces Ortho’s Office

05/18/18 – Study: U.S. Metro Areas Losing 36M Trees Annually

05/11/18 – Communities Across Chicagoland Join to Create Sustainable Future

05/09/18 – Vermont Braces for Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

04/24/18 – UWN to Present Free Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018

04/19/18 – Video: How NY Uses Drones to Inspect Urban Forest Canvass

04/18/18 – April 3 WERC Urban Wood Webcast Available On-Demand

04/16/18 – Video: Urban Sawmilling in Sacramento

03/27/18 – Webinar Registration Open: Urban Wood Network – Join the Movement

03/11/18 – Virginia Urban Wood Group Creates Business Directory

03/06/18 – 31 States Infested by EAB

02/25/18 – Chicago AWI Members Learn About Urban Wood at Icon Modern

02/20/18 – New Project to Certify Responsible Urban Forestry and Urban Wood Use

02/16/18 – Michigan Urban Wood Network Launches Website

02/11/18 – Watch Tom The Sawyer Transform an Urban Honey Locust Log

01/21/18 – Tree Services Magazine Focuses on Using Urban Tree Waste

01/20/18 – Video: Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest

01/19/18 – SUFC Slates Annual Meeting for March 7

12/29/17 – Chicago Tree Project Continues to Transform Dead Trees into Sculptures

12/21/17 – Invitation to Join the Urban Wood Network

12/07/17 – Illinois Architect Takes the LEED in Urban Wood Movement

12/03/17 – Wood-Mizer Offers Free Urban Sawmilling Guide

11/19/17 – Video: Reclaiming Wood from Historic Philadelphia Buildings

11/18/17 – ISTC Open House Offers a Look at Heating with Wood Waste

11/13/17 – Video: Pioneering Urban Wood Use in Austin

11/13/17 – Fall Urban Wood Utilization Webcast Available On Demand

10/21/17 – Video: Richmond Hill Educates Residents about EAB Scourge

10/20/17 – ‘Underappreciated’ Urban Wood Focus of Pennsylvania Workshop

10/17/17 – Cook County Forest Preserves’ Tree Repurposed for Unique Award Plaques

10/05/17 – Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Seeks Businesses for Wood Heating Study

10/03/17 – Why Schmidt Custom Flooring Joined the Urban Wood Movement

09/22/17 – Agenda Set for Oct. 10 Urban Wood Use Webcast

09/16/17 – Enter Rebuilding Exchange’s Contest to Win Nick Offerman Tix

09/14/17 – Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Connects Urban Forestry Professionals

08/23/17 – U.S. Forest Service Updates Inventory of Nation’s Urban Forests

08/22/17 – 160-Year-Old Oak Begets Three Tables for Riverside’s Village Hall

08/21/17 – House Acts to Save Urban Community & Forestry Program from Budget Axe

08/16/17 – How Raleigh’s Parks & Recs Department Re-utilizes Its Trees

07/16/17 – Indy Urban Hardwood Stars in New Wood-Mizer Urban Wood Video Series

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

02/06/17 – Video: Be a Smart Ash, Denver!

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

01/02/17 – IllinoisUrbanWood’s Top 10 Countdown

12/21/16 – IAA Slates Certified Arborist Workshops & Exam in Glencoe

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

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

12/01/16 – Help Wanted: Homer Glen’s Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration

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

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

10/27/16 – TigerStop Embraces the Urban Wood Message

10/26/16 – Scenes from the 34th Illinois Arborist Association Convention

10/26/16 – On Demand Webcast Highlights Urban Wood Activities in Six States

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

09/08/16 – Urban Wood for Community Firewood Banks

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

08/09/16 – FDMC Profiles i2i Design

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

07/17/16 – Sterling Lumber Garners Pair of Business Awards

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

02/18/16 – Enter the Urban Wood Products Showcase

02/05/16 – Illinois Arborist Association Offers CEUs for Urban Wood Conference

01/21/16 – Urban Wood Conference Topics Go Full Circle

01/21/16 – Urban Wood Boardwalk Cuts a Path to South Side Corner’s Renewal

01/20/16 – Film Opens Eyes to Wondrous Potential of Urban Wood

01/19/16 – Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop Set for March 17

01/16/16 – Urban Wood Utilization Fits Community’s Utopian Vision

01/14/16 – IWF Supports Urban Wood Conference

01/08/16 – What to Do with Urban Wood Event Rescheduled to Jan. 21

12/31/15 – Full Circle Urban Forestry Takes Root in Elkhart, IN

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

12/22/15 – Can You Dig It? JULIE 811 Supports IL WUT Conference

12/18/15 – IL Sawmill Directory Being Refreshed

12/18/15 – Coming Attractions: Saving America’s Urban Forests

11/27/15 – Eco Urban Timber Turns Dead Ash into Cash

11/19/15 – IL Wood Utilization Team Meets at Bernhard Woodwork

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

10/30/15 – What to Do with Urban Wood’ Symposium Coming Jan. 7, 2016

10/30/15 – Win a CFDA Creative Furnishings Award Using Urban Wood

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

09/27/15 – Got Urban Wood News? Share It!

09/27/15 – Save the Date: 2016 Urban Wood Conference & Networking Event

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

08/26/15 – Video: Dead Ash Tree Is Chainsaw Artist’s Medium

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

02/05/15 – WUT in the News – Beating the Beetle: Giving Trees a Second Life



Tables Made in Seattle Reside in NYC

We often assume that furniture made from urban wood tends to stay in or at least near the neighborhood where it was removed.

This is far from the case for a series of American Elm tables made by Urban Hardwoods of Seattle for a healthcare client’s office in New York City. The wood was salvaged from a large tree that fell during a storm in Northwest Oregon.

Founded in 2001, Urban Hardwoods’ Executive Collection includes conference tables, desks and credenzas.

Visit Urban Hardwoods’ website.



Urban Wood Movement Takes Woodworking Industry’s Biggest Stage in Atlanta

Growing demand for urban wood lumber and products is paramount to advancing the urban wood movement and cause.

One way to increase demand for urban wood begins with making woodworkers – particularly custom woodworkers – aware of the potential of using this under-utilized material in their cabinet, furniture and other projects.

The Urban Wood Network (UWN) aims to do just that by presenting a free 90-minute seminar August 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. IWF is the woodworking industry’s largest North American event; more than 17,000 professionals attended the show two years ago.

This actually represents an encore performance. More than 130 people registered for the urban wood utilization seminar at IWF 2016.

Representatives of three regional urban wood utilization efforts will present including Dwayne Sperber, representing UWN; Jennifer Alger, representing the West Coast’s new Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Lumber; and a third speaker to be announced soon representing the Southeast’s urban wood movement. Yours truly will moderate this panel of distinguished and passionate speakers. A big thanks to Wood-Mizer for signing on as the major sponsor of the program.

You can learn more about the IWF urban wood seminar: The Urban Wood Movement Is Now! Come Join the Movement in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured this month:
Watch a video to see how Hunski Hardwoods has established a successful business salvaging and milling felled urban trees in Sacramento, CA. It’s the 4th episode of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling series.

Make it a double feature by checking out a video showing how New York state deploys its fleet of 22 drones to get a bird’s-eye view for monitoring the health of its public and urban forests.

In case you missed the Spring Urban Wood Webcast presented by the Wood Education & Resource Center of the Northeast Forest Station, you can now view it on-demand. Included are updates on the Urban Wood Network, Virginia Urban Wood group, urban wood certification efforts and urban wood utilization in Kansas City, MO.

READ APRIL 2018 ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE

Don’t forget to share your urban wood stories, photos and experiences.

Until next month, enjoy!

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org



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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The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference is scheduled as an all-day affair Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL. The unique event will highlight opportunities for individuals, businesses, trade groups and public entities to capitalize on the salvage and conversion of community trees into high-valued logs, lumbers and wood products.

JUST ADDED: Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Prof. Dan Cassens of the Purdue University Forestry Department will be the featured presenter. The program, being held in special cooperation with the DuPage County Forest Preserve, will include classroom instruction and a portable sawmill demonstration. Registrants of the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference can save $45 off the $110 registration fee to also attend the Hardwood Lumber Workshop. Attendance for the workshop will be limited to the first 50 signups.

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Start Time Conference Agenda Speaker / Display Info
7:00am Onsite Registration, Badge Pickup & Continental Breakfast Exhibits Open
8:00am Conference Welcome Rich Christianson, Conference Director, Illinois Wood Utilization Team
8:10am Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle – Overview Edith Makra, Chairperson, Illinois Wood Utilization Team
8:45am From Landscape to Lumber: Reclaiming Diminished Trees for Urban Wood John Lough, Senior City Forester, City of Chicago
9:20am Trends in Marketing Wood Products Prof. Dan Cassens, Purdue University Department of Wood Products & Owner of Cassens Lumber LLC
10:00am Refreshment Break Exhibits Open
10:15am Closing the Loop on Urban Wood Utilization Ian Brown, Urban Forestry District Manager, City of Milwaukee
10:45am Commercial Tree Care & Urban Wood – Find Your Niche August Hoppe, President of Hoppe Tree Service & The Urban Wood Lab
11:15am The Urbanwood Project: Developing Markets for Urban Wood in Michigan Jessica Simons, Owner, Verdant Stewardship U Coordinator of the Urbanwood Project of Southeast Michigan
11:45am Lunch / Portable Sawmill Demonstrations by Prof. Dan Cassens Exhibits Open
1:40pm Green Building Programs & Urban Wood Laureen Blissard, Principal, LTLB Envirotecture & Jessica Simon
2:20pm Urban Wood’s Journey from Forest to Classroom, Museum, Gallery, Auction & Home Paul Pettigrew, Studio Associate Professor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
2:50pm Out of the Woods:How West Chicago Repurposed Storm-Damaged Urban Trees Jeff Perkis, Owner, Story Wood & Senior Project Manager, Chipman Design Architecture
3:15pm Refreshment Break Exhibits Open
3:30pm Custom Woodworking Case Study: Go-to Urban Wood Source for Starbucks, Mariano’s & Others Ken Wier, Owner, i2i Design
4:00pm Metamorphosis: Thermally Modified Urban Lumber Brian Mitalo, Regional Manager, Tournesol Siteworks
4:20pm Growing Partnerships: How the Chicago Park District Is Capitalizing on Urban Lumber Michael Dimitroff, Manager of Art Initiatives, Chicago Park District
4:50pm Closing Remarks & Announcement  of “People’s Choice Winners” of the Urban Wood Products Showcase Edith Makra, Chairperson, Illinois Wood Utilization Team
5:00 pm-  7:00pm Networking Reception Exhibits Open
 
NOTE: Conference schedule & program subject to change without notice.

Your $150 conference registration fee ($175 on-site) includes:

+ One dozen informative sessions focused on urban wood success stories, opportunities and best practices presented by acknowledged leaders of the urban wood utilization movement.

+ Live portable sawmill demonstration.

+ Tabletop displays hosted by key organizations and suppliers focused on the urban wood marketplace.

+ Urban Wood Products Showcase: Displays of furniture, other wood products and artistic objects crafted from wood milled from community trees.

+ Networking Reception: Forge valuable connections with fellow conference participants.

+ Continental breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunch and Networking Reception appetizers.

+ $45 discount to also attend the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

+ Members of the  American Society of Landscapers (ASLA) and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) qualify for continuing education credits (CEUs).

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Show your support for urban wood utilization by investing in an Ash, Oak or Walnut sponsorship package. Each package includes conference registration, a display table and promotional considerations. High-value, low-cost sponsorships, starting at $500, can be purchased through the online registration portal. View Sponsorship Opportunities

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Please direct any questions about the conference program, sponsorship/display opportunities or registration issues to Rich Christianson, conference director, at richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com or phone 773-822-6750.

 

 

 

Conference Presentation Highlights

Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle – Overview

This presentation will introduce the concept of urban wood and discuss principal issues and opportunities.

  • Urban forests contain valuable wood commodities that potentially can be harvested.
  • To capture the inherent value of urban forests and reclaim valuable wood products, connections must be made between these vital links of the urban wood supply chain: Arborists, Sawyers, Woodworkers, Specifiers and Consumers.
  • How the urban wood industry has much potential to meet consumer demand.
  • How urban wood and urban forestry are different than commercial lumber and traditional forestry.
  • Examples of urban wood businesses and partners working to advance urban wood markets.

Presenter Bio: Edith Makra is the Director of Environmental Initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus where she supports local governments in taking environmental actions that lead to regional sustainability. She is founder and Chairperson of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, where she promotes “full circle urban forestry” to capture value in felled community trees as interior and exterior wood products. She has led the Team to train arborists and woodworkers; engage the public; partner with other states to create markets for urban wood; and led a timber assessment of the Chicago region’s urban forest. The Team was recognized with the Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2013 for notable contributions to sustainability in Illinois.

 From Landscape to Lumber: Reclaiming Diminished Trees for Urban Wood

  • Sources of urban wood are varied but offer a tremendous resource.
  • Understanding the importance of tree removal and recovery capacity is critical to the success of urban log utilization.
  • Harvesting practices that enhance the value of urban wood – while keeping costs down – is the beginning of successful processing.

Presenter Bio: John Lough is senior city forester for the City of Chicago, Department of Streets and Sanitation, Bureau of Forestry. Chicago has approximately 586,000 street trees and generates more than 25,000 tons of wood by-products annually. Lough earned his Master’s degree in Forestry at the University of Illinois and is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist. He has worked as an urban Forester for the City of Chicago for the last 18 years and in the arboricultural field for 29 years. Lough currently focuses his attention on integrated pest management, training, wood utilization, and volunteer programs. Lough is also an avid amateur urban-woodworker and promotes the recovery of urban felled trees to inspire the innovative use of this under-recognized resource.

 Trends in Marketing Wood Products

  • How urban wood can move into the lumber market place.
  • Developing markets for lumber and wood products.
  • How drying lumber adds value.
  • Understanding the basic of lumber grade values

Presenter Bio: Dan Cassens is a Professor and Extension Specialist in Wood Products at Purdue University. For the past 30 years, Cassens’ primary responsibility has been conducting educational programs for the industry. In 1990 hereceived the Woodworking Educator of the Year award presented by the Wood Machinery Industry Association. He has also been sponsored by different industrial sources and has conducted research in the areas of preventing stain in hardwood and southern pine lumber, biomass, hardwood log manufacturing techniques, quality control in lumber, veneer checking, stress in trees, and others. Cassens is the author of Manufacturing and Marketing Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills. Cassens owns and manages, for timber production, about 200 acres of Indiana hardwoods. Trees from improvement cuttings and storm damaged trees are processed by a Wood-Mizer mill and sold to local woodworkers.

Closing the Loop on Urban Wood Utilization

  • Trees are grown and maintained in municipalities for the benefits they provide during life. But inevitably they will be removed. Learn about the alternative “end of life” options implemented in Milwaukee.
  • Milwaukee diverts 100% of logs to a local sawmill for processing, saving 50% of disposal costs and diverting all wood to the “highest and best use.”
  • Recovered products include furniture grade lumber, flooring, pallets, firewood and mulch.
  • Consumer-driven demand has historically been the limiting factor but those barriers are coming down.

Presenter Bio: Ian Brown is an Urban Forestry District Manager for the City of Milwaukee – Forestry Section. He joined Milwaukee Forestry in 2007 and has worked on a variety of projects including iTree ECO, hyperspectral imagery analysis, comprehensive GIS-based street tree inventory and ash street tree injections. Brown has worked to quantify urban forests for management and increase appreciation for the economic value of the urban canopy.

Commercial Tree Care & Urban Wood – Find Your Niche

This presentation will show the full circle approach that Hoppe Tree Service takes to utilizing Urban Wood in the Milwaukee area: from tree removal to selling wood products to the end consumer.

  • Background: How a “normal” tree service got involved in urban wood utilization.
  • Development: There is no need to re-event the wheel. Stick with what you know and find partners to help.
  • Spread the word: There is a market out there. Just find it!
  • Urban wood can be profitable as a product and can give a commercial tree care company an edge in the marking place.

Presenter Bio: August Hoppe is a third generation arborist and President of Hoppe Tree Service, a full service tree care company in Milwaukee. WI. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council and President of the Wisconsin Arborist Association. Hoppe Tree Service started its retail urban wood utilization division called The Urban Wood Lab in 2014.

The Urbanwood Project: Developing Markets for Urban Wood in Michigan

  • The emerald ash borer outbreak acted as a catalyst to spur innovation in Michigan’s urban forest products markets.
  • Nontraditional partners have joined together to form an effective network of suppliers, processors and supporters, resulting in the creation of the Urbanwood Marketplace, a successful retail center for sales of urban wood.
  • For nearly a decade, this sales effort has continued to grow, leading to important lessons learned about urban wood market coordination, partnership development, customer interests and product opportunities.

Presenter Bio: Jessica Simons is the owner of Verdant Stewardship, an Ann Arbor, MI-based consulting service that provides project development, management, and grant  writing services to conservation and environmental organizations. She coordinates Michigan’s Urbanwood Project on behalf of Recycle Ann Arbor and manages forest products utilization and marketing programs for the Southeast Michigan RC&D Council. Simons serves as a trustee for the Great Lakes Forest Products Society and is an organizer of the Urban Forest Products Alliance. She holds an M.S. in natural resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in biology from West Virginia University.

 Portable Sawmilling Demonstration: Urban Logs to Boards & Slabs

  • Learn how to measure and determine the quality of logs.
  • See how surface indicators (bark distortions) tell you what lies beneath the surface of the log face.
  • Learn what the end of a log tells you about its quality.
  • Obtain basic lumber grading information.
  • Learn how wholesale lumber is priced and what the value of lumber is from a particular log.

Presenter: Dan Cassens, Professor of Wood Products at Purdue University and Owner of Cassens Lumber LLC

 Green Building Programs & Urban Wood

  • Creating urban wood demand: A residential case study
  • Creating a “chain of custody” process for urban wood
  • How to communicate to clients the benefits of using urban wood in their build outs
  • How urban wood fits into LEED and other green building programs

Presenter Bio: Laureen Blissard is the principal of LTLB Envirotecture, for which she has managed or is currently managing the verification for more than 1,000 homes and units that are either “green” certified or in the process of becoming certified. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois and is a licensed architect. Blissard has built a successful 25-plus-year practice in the design and construction of commercial buildings, multi-family projects, single family homes, and interiors. Her many professional certifications include AIA, ALA and LEED AP Homes. She also serves as technical director of the Green Builder® Coalition and writes for Green Builder® Magazine.

Urban Wood’s Journey from Forest to Classroom, Museum, Gallery, Auction & Home

  • Why promoting urban wood’s use is an important goal for the IIT Architecture program
  • What more than 300 architecture students have learned about urban wood’s potential importance to the architecture profession and building industry
  • Examples of some of the hundreds of furniture and functional design objects that have been exhibited and published introducing urban wood’s potential to the general public

Presenter Bio: Paul Pettigrew is a licensed architect in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan and a member of NCARB. He has been designing and fabricating architecturally specific furniture for more than 25 years. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the first-year architecture studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology of Chicago. He has shared his interest in architecturally specific furniture design and fabrication with IIT Architecture students enrolled in his Architecture & Furniture course, including incorporating urban wood in student projects. Recent research into potential uses of urban wood led to the creation of the Living Tree Project for Crate & Barrel. Pettigrew received his architecture BS from the University of Illinois and his MS from MIT.

Out of the Woods: How West Chicago Repurposed Storm-Damaged Urban Trees

  • Remembering the July 2012 storm devastation and massive tree cleanup of Reed Kepler Park
  • Opportunity from calamity: Brainstorming ideas and partnering with the Illinois Institute of Technology to repurpose wood from the salvaged logs
  • Showcasing reclaimed urban wood products

Presenter Bio: Jeff Perkis is Owner of Story Wood, a custom woodworking business, and Senior Project Manager of Chipman Architecture Design.

 Metamorphosis: Thermally Modified Urban Lumber

  • Opportunities in the specification industry
  • Meeting the sourcing challenge
  • Bridging the differences

Presenter Bio: Brian Mitalo is a Chicago-based regional salesperson for Tournesol Siteworks, a manufacturer of products for commercial landscapes nationwide. He is a licensed commercial irrigation designer and a certified landscape irrigation auditor with extensive industry experience efficiently watering landscapes. Mitalo joined Tournesol Siteworks in 2004, marrying his 25 years of technical and engineered product sales with Tournesol’s focus on solutions for integrating landscaping on, in and around buildings. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events on the design considerations/challenges of on-structure landscaping, benefits of on-structure and urban landscaping, high-efficiency irrigation and drainage control.

Growing Partnerships: How the Chicago Park District Is Capitalizing on Urban Lumber

  • The Arts: Chicago Tree Project; Partner Donations to Benefit the Artist Community; Theaster Gates & The Garfield Park Conservatory Project; CPD Wood Shops
  • Capital Construction & Planning: Maggie Daley Park build-out; Chicago Bear’s Den build-out at Soldier Field; CPD Harbor dock decking using thermally-modified
  • Forestry Operations: Sterling Lumber agreement and win-win relationship (Jim Semelka – Sterling Lumber – Urban Forestry Advocate)

Presenter Bio: Michael Dimitroff is Manager of Art Initiatives for the Chicago Park District, where he coordinates and manages new art acquisitions and the siting logistics of public art and sculpture installations, under the Department of Cultural and Natural Resources. He is a sitting member of the Park Enhancement Committee (PEC) which makes decisions related to park aesthetics, construction, and design continuity. He also chairs the CPD Arts Committee where he partners with CPD colleagues, the City of Chicago, institutions, not-for-profits, galleries and artists in promoting public art. Dimitroff is also is a member of the Wood Utilization.

 

 



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FEB 2019 – How Certification Can Boost Urban Wood Markets; Urban Wood Toolkit; Q&A with Tim O’Neill of Urban Lumber Company

JAN 2019 – Urban Wood Network Sets 2019 Membership Fees; Top Posts of 2018; Chainsaw Sculptures

DEC 2018 – Improving Yield in Out-of-Shape Logs, Hoppe Tree Service’s Full-Circle Approach; Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar

NOV 2018 – What’s That Urban Log Worth?; Dan Cassens on Running an Urban Sawmill Business; Urban Wood Across America

OCT 2018 – Greater West Town Celebrates 25 Years, URban Lumber Certification Update; Urban Wood Recovery Teams

SEP 2018 – Ex-Teacher Expands Urban Wood Business, Wudeward Presents 1st Wisconsin Urban Wood Award; Tom The Sawyer Explores Lumber Pricing 

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JUL 2018 – Q&A with Erika Horrigan; How-To-Do Urban Wood Webinar Series; Woodworking Industry Supports Urban Wood Movement

JUN 2018 – Woodworking Industry Supports Urban Wood Movement; Video Introduces West Coast Urban Wood Group; Wood-Mizer Makes Major Acquisition

MAY 2018 – 95 Chicagoland Communities Take Sustainability Pledge; 36M Urban Trees Lost Annually; VT Braces for EAB Invasion

APR 2018 – Encore Urban Wood Seminar Planned for IWF; Sawmilling Urban Trees in Sacramento; How NY Uses Drones to Monitor Urban Canopy

MAR 2018 – 31 States Infested by EAB; VA Urban Wood Group Launches Website; Urban Wood Network Slates Webinar

FEB 2018 – Chicago AWI Members Tour Icon Modern, Milling an Urban Honey Locust Log, Project Aims to Set Unified Certification Standards for Urban Wood

JAN 2018 – Chicago Tree Project Turns Dying Trees into Art; Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest; Tree Service Magazine Focuses on Utilizing Urban Wood

DEC 2017 – Invitation to Join the Urban Wood Network, Top Urban Wood Stories of 2017, IL Architect Takes the ‘LEED’ in Urban Wood Movement

NOV 2017 – Grand Rapids Tree Awards; Reclaiming Wood from Historic Philadelphia Buildings; Pioneering Urban Wood Use in Austin, TX

OCT 2017 – Tree ‘Cookie’ Award Plaques; Why Schmidt Custom Floors Joined Urban Wood Movement; ISTC’s Wood Biomass Project; Video: Richmond Hill’s EAB Management Strategy

SEP 2017 – Woodworker Denied Use of City Ash Trees Finds Other Sources; Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Gains Momentum; U.S. Urban Forest Inventory Updated

AUG 2017 – Wind-Downed Tree Turned into Trustee Furniture; Wood-Mizer Launches Urban Wood Video Series; How Raleigh, NC, Reuses Park Trees

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