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Michigan Urbanwood Tour Set for July 28

A tour of urban wood businesses and projects in and around greater Ann Arbor, MI, is scheduled for Friday, July 28. The tour will shed light on a variety of innovative ways that dead and dying community trees are being put to use.

Tour stops include:

• Urban Ashes, an artisan picture frame and furniture maker in Saline, MI;
• Recycle Ann Arbor’s Birge Urbanwood Center, an urban lumber marketplace;
• AADL’s Traverwood Branch, a green building that uses local salvaged logs;
• Michigan State University’s Shadows Program, an program that makes collectibles from campus trees;
Tervol’s Wood Products, a local family-owned sawmill; and
• Birge Urbanwood Center Woodworker Showcase, a one-day exhibition of urban wood furniture, artwork and more.

Lunch and refreshments are included in the $20 registration fee.

The tour is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, July 14. RSVP is required as seating is limited.

The event is hosted by the Sustainable Resources Alliance (formerly the SE Michigan RC&D Council) and Recycle Ann Arbor. Funding for this event is from the Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle grant project which is supported by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Click here to learn more and to register.



Entries Sought for Urbanwood Showcase in Ann Arbor

Birge-Urbanwood-Showcase-LogoEntries are being accepted until July 7 for an Urbanwood Woodworker Showcase to celebrate the dedication of the Birge Urbanwood Center at the Recycle Ann Arbor’s (RAA) Reuse Cente, 2420 S. Industrial. Entries will compete for two “Best of Show” awards that in addition to bragging rights, includes gift certificates worth $500 in urban wood product merchandise from the Birge Urbanwood Center. The center was renamed in honor of Bill Birge, a long-time champion of urban wood utilization who recently retired from the RAA Board.

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

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

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