Tag: Dan Cassens

What’s That Urban Log Worth?

Scott Wunder, a custom sawyer and woodworker based in St. Charles, MO, also is a ‘wunderful’ blogger. Over the years he has tackled a variety of subjects, many of them relative to the world of urban wood. I think one of his most interesting and germane to the urban wood conversation is rhetorically titled, “What Is Your Log Worth?”

“The short answer,” Wunder writes, “is probably not as much as you had hoped, but you’re not here for the short answer, so I’ll give you the long one.”

If you’ve got a few minutes, it’s well worth the read.

Also featured in this issue
The Urban Wood Network concluded its four-part “How-to Do Urban Wood” webinar series with “Starting a State Urban Wood Network.” The presentation illustrates by example, featuring three speakers of Wisconsin Urban Wood. You can catch this and the other three webinars On-demand.

Since retiring from his professorship at Purdue University, Dan Cassens has more time to devote to Cassens Lumber, a custom sawmill operation in West Lafayette, IN. Cassens is the featured guest in one of the “Milling Your Own Lumber” video series presented by Poplar Woodworking in conjunction with Wood-Mizer.

Dovetail Partners, a forest consulting firm with strong ties to urban wood markets, invites urban wood enterprises to get listed on its “Buy Local – Wood Products Campaigns” map. Learn how in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Think urban wood for that special someone on your holiday list!

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Teami


Video: Dan Cassens on ‘Milling Your Own Lumber’

Popular Woodworking has teamed up with Wood-Mizer on a seven part series, “Milling Your Own Lumber.” One of the segments features an interview with Dan Cassens, a retired professor of wood products at Purdue University, the owner of a successful Christmas tree farm and owner of Cassens Lumber in West Lafayette, IN. Those you attended the 2015 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will recall his excellent presentations comparing and contrasting urban wood to commercial hardwood markets, as well as his sawmill demonstrations.

Day of Wood Conference Set for Sept. 8 in Jasper, IN

Day-of-Wood-PhotoDay of Wood, a one-day conference focused on finishing technology, product certification, Healthier Hospitals initiative and more will be held Sept. 8 at Vincennes University in Jasper, IN.

Program supporters include Purdue University, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, Jasper Chamber of Commerce, FDMC magazine and Underwriters Laboratory.

Registration is $80 if made by Sept. 1 and $100 after. Registration discounts for companies sending three or more attendees are available.

For registration information, contact Nancy Eckerle, 812-482-6886; neckerle@jasperindiana.gov.

For technical information, contact Purdue Prof. Dan Cassens at 765-412-6844; dcassens@purdue.edu.

Learn more and register.


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


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
March 16
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