Tag: Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle

Enter the Urban Wood Products Showcase

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The Urban Wood Products Showcase will include student works crafted from community trees.

Woodworking professionals, novices and students alike are invited to submit projects to be displayed and judged at the Bringing the Urban Wood Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

The Urban Wood Products Showcase is an opportunity to show off your craftsmanship, designer’s eye and passion for putting urban wood to good use to an attentive audience of attendees from all links of the urban wood market chain.

Entries are being accepted for the Urban Products Wood Showcase through Tuesday, March 1. Product categories include Furniture/Cabinets, Specialty Wood Products and Student works. In addition, a variety of hardwood lumber samples milled from local community trees, plus industrial uses of urban wood, will be displayed.

Conference participants will vote for their favorite entries; winners of the Peoples Choice will grab a share of the $500 cash prize. In addition, all entrants will gain valuable exposure not only at the conference but by having photos of their projects posted on illinoisurbanwood.org.

Click here for additional information and a link to the entry form.

Please direct any questions to John Lough of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team at jlough.illinoiswut@gmail.com; 773-640-4768.

Illinois Arborist Association Offers CEUs for Urban Wood Conference



The Illinois Arborist Association (IAA) will offer 4 continuing education units (CEUs) to members who attend the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

The IAA has come on board as a Partner Sponsor of the conference focused on how to reduce the number of trees going into the waste stream by converting them into lumber and wood products. Among the dozen presentations scheduled for the conference include “Reclaiming Diminished Trees for Urban Wood,” “Commercial Tree Care & Urban Wood” and “Closing the Loop on Urban Wood Utilization.”

View full conference schedule.

The full-day program will also include a portable sawmill demonstration, an Urban Wood Products Showcase, tabletop exhibits and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow arborists, sawyers, foresters, woodworkers and more..

As a Partner Sponsor, IAA will also host a tabletop display.

The IAA is a local chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The ISA develops, maintains and promotes professional standards for arborists, including a code of ethics. In addition, the ISA also provides a framework for certifying arborist professionals in several categories including utility specialists, climbing specialists and master arborist.

Learn more at the IAA’s display table during the conference or visit illinoisarborist.org.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will be preceded by an all-day Hardwood Lumber and Sawmill Workshop, Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Both events are being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. A Daily Double Discount package is available for those interested in attending both programs.





Can You Dig It? JULIE 811 Supports IL WUT Conference

JULIE-photoBy Rich Christianson

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team is getting a groundswell of support from JULIE 811, the free go-to source for Illinois excavators to contact before breaking ground on a project.

JULIE, short for Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators, alerts utilities about impending excavations so that underground lines can be marked to prevent damage to pipes and cables.

Through a cooperative arrangement, JULIE personnel will distribute information about IL WUT’s Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference at a series of Excavator Safety Meetings planned throughout the state by the Northern/Central Illinois Pipeline Association.

Each of the free-admission meetings will feature a keynote presentation by a JULIE damage prevention manager and a breakfast buffet.

See the January schedule of Excavator Safety Meetings n the table below. Click here to register.


Five Top Reasons to Sponsor the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference

By Rich Christianson

Sponsorship has its privileges for the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, set for Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL.

Because the attendee registration fee for the event- $125 –  is being priced at a near break-even level for the event, sponsors will be doing the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and themselves a great favor by making a modest investment in a Walnut, Oak or Ash sponsorship package.

The sooner you reserve your sponsorship, the sooner you can begin reaping the many sponsor benefits.

Here are five great reasons to demonstrate your support for the urban wood movement by sponsoring this unique event.

  1. Your logo, with a link to your website, will prominently appear on the Full Circle Conference registration site. (Sponsorship tiers and logo size will descend from Walnut to Oak to Ash. Sponsors of each sponsorship tier will be placed in the order in which their paid sponsorship is received.)
  2. Your sponsorship will be highlighted in all registration e-mail promotions, including the popular monthly Illinois Urban Wood Update.
  3. You will receive a 6-foot draped display table to educate conference attendees about your products and services during the March 18 conference. (The Ash sponsorships includes one free conference registration; the Oak sponsorship includes two free conference registrations; and the Walnut Sponsorship includes three free registrations.)
  4. Your key contact information will be included in the conference program.
  5. You will have license rights to use the Bringing the Full Circle sponsorship logo on your website and promotions.

While sponsors of any of the three levels will receive the above benefits, Walnut level sponsors also will receive a dedicated press release that will be posted in the News channel of illinoisurbanwood.org and on featured in an edition of the Illinois Urban Wood e-Newsletter.

Learn more about Full Circle Conference Sponsorship / Exhibitor opportunities.

Sign up for a sponsorship, which includes conference registration and a tabletop display.

For additional details, contact Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richsonmediapro@gmail.com.



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IL Wood Utilization Team Meets at Bernhard Woodwork

By Rich Christianson

Bernhard Woodwork Ltd. puts the “high” in “high-end.”

The Northbrook, IL, company is among Chicagoland’s biggest and brightest architectural woodworking shops.

Mark Bernhard, the second generation owner of Bernhard Woodwork, graciously hosted the November meeting of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. As a decided bonus, Bernhard led a tour of his manufacturing facility where projects ranging from display cases for Tiffany’s and Macy’s to custom woodwork for a Trump Tower condo and the renovation of a historic hotel were in full swing.

Bernhard Woodwork is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company’s specialty is meticulous crafting of veneers from the careful selection of flitches and creation of perfectly created veneer sheets to layup and finishing. It’s this demanding attention to detail that founder Pius “Pete” Bernhard, Mark’s father, learned in Europe and brought with him to Chicago.

But while the art of veneering is its crown jewel, Bernhard Woodwork is also highly proficient in the use of hardwoods, wood composites, glass, metals and other materials specified by designers for their projects.

IL WUT members got to witness this attention to detail first-hand, while also seeing some high-tech machinery in action including a Heesemann widebelt sander that can process the thinnest of veneers without sanding through the veneer and a Komo CNC router.

Bernhard took particular delight in showing off his newest “toy,” a new Höcker Polytechnik energy management system and dust collector purchased from 02 Filtration. The system automatically shut-offs air flow from machines when they are not in operation. The result has been an amazing 90 percent energy savings in the plant, Bernhard said.

ILWUT_LogoDuring the meeting, held in Bernhard Woodwork’s luxurious conference room, IL WUT members continued hammering out plans for the “Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle” conference set for March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL. Among actions taken at the meeting, the committee voted unanimously to adopt a pentagon-shaped logo to brand and promote the conference. The logo shows five stages of urban forest renewal from removing a tree to turn into lumber for wood products through replanting.

Learn more about Bernhard Woodwork.

USDA Webcast Series Tracks Urban Wood Market Developments

Urban-Wood-Webcast-1.10-15A free webcast updating wood utilization activities in Baltimore, southeast Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas and Georgia is available on demand from the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).

The webcast, recorded Oct. 13, is the 10th in a series available for binge watching on WERC’s website. The first webcast in the series was produced in October 2011.

Edith Makra, chairperson of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, has been a regular presenter during the life of the series.

Here’s a link to the October 13, 2015: Urban Wood Utilization Webcast.

Click http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/eab.shtm to access the Webcast archives.


Keep Spreading the News

NewsboyBy Rich Christianson

We have received awesome initial coverage to our press release announcing the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

By my count, the press release has been posted by 11 publications and government entities. We thank the following organizations for showing our conference some love!

  • Illinois Biochair Group
  • Cabinet Makers Association
  • FDMC Magazine
  • Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Roundtable
  • Illinois Biomass Working Group
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
  • Illinois State Technology Center
  • International Interior Design Association, Illinois Chapter
  • Wood & Panel USA
  • Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America
  • Woodworking Network

Hopefully I’ve missed some postings and apologize if this is the case. Please do me a big favor and send me a link or a note to richsonmediapro@gmail.com.

In any event, there is still plenty of time to keep the promotional bus for the Full Circle Urban Forest conference rolling. Our next press release – coming soon – will focus on the conference speakers and topics.

Welcome to the more than 50 new subscribers who signed up to receive the monthly Illinois Urban Wood Update at last week’s highly successful Illinois Arborist Association Conference & Tradeshow in Tinley Park, IL.

Allow me to conclude by sending a huge WUT shout out to our friends at the IAA for being gracious hosts and great allies for the urban wood cause!