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UWN Webinar #3: Producing Urban Wood Products

“Producing Urban Wood Products – What, How and Where,” the third in a series of informative webinars presented by the Urban Wood Network, is available on demand.

Consumers from all over the country are joining the urban wood movement and are buying urban wood products in all shapes and sizes, from cutting boards to fine furniture to architectural lumber.  This webinar will discuss examples: of urban wood products, urban lumber sourcing, and examples of local/ regional/national markets.

Participants will learn:

  • The diversity of products made from urban wood
  • How to connect with urban wood sources
  • How to identify markets for urban wood products
  • Urban wood products branding opportunities
  • Who to contact for assistance
  • How to partner with an urban wood network to achieve their goals

Rick Siewert – Wood From the Hood, MN;

Paul Hickman – Urban Ashes, MI; and

Rocky Levy – Icon Modern, IL.

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Learn more about the Urban Wood Network’s “How-to Do Urban Wood” webinar series.


Thank you Rocky Levy and Aaron Tvrdy, co-owners of Icon Modern, for organizing a workshop focused on urban wood use for architects, designers and architectural woodworkers. It was great to see more than two dozen in attendance at this special event. Rocky and Aaron have done a tremendous job of pioneering urban wood use in corporate projects and are currently working on furnishings for the new McDonald’s headquarters.

Read and see photos from the workshop in this month’s edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also in this edition of the Update:
> Tom The Sawyer demonstrates milling an urban honey locust log.> Michigan, one of our Urban Wood Network partners, launches a new website. Congrats!

> Dovetail Partners takes the lead on creating certification standards for urban wood.

Reminder: Take advantage of free membership by signing up for the Urban Wood Network now.

As always, share your urban wood stories, photos and experiences.

 Until next month, I remain,
Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team

AWI Chicago Members Learn About Urban Wood at Icon Modern

More than two dozen members of the Chicago Chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Institute participated in a workshop held Feb. 22 at Icon Modern in Chicago.

Featured presenters Bruce and Erika Horigan, co-owners of Horigan Urban Forest Products in Skokie discussed the urban wood supply chain from sources and removal through environmental impact and benefits of putting community trees to their highest possible use.

The event included a tour of Icon Modern’s showroom and fabrication shop where work is in progress to convert urban-sourced hickory trees into fine furnishings for the new McDonald’s corporate headquarters.

Thanks to Rocky Levy and his partner Aaron Tvrdy for a very informative evening and for doing their part to spared the word about the opportunities and benefits of using urban wood in architectural wood products.


Icon Modern’s Urban Wood Story Told on Chicago’s WBBM Radio

Icon-Modern-Slab-TableIcon Modern, a company that has staked its business model and growth on repurposing wood reclaimed from the urban forest for its custom furniture designs was recently the subject of a news feature on WBBM radio Chicago. WBBM reporter Lisa Fields interviewed Rocky Levy, co-owner of Icon Modern for the profile.

Icon Modern operates from a two-story, 20,000-square-foot facility on Chicago’s west side. The company’s motto is “Sustainable Design from the Urban Forest.”

Starbucks, Whole Foods and Loyola University are just a few of Icon Modern’s customers. Products include conference tables, reception desks and countertops.

Click here to listen to WBBM’s report.

Click here to visit Icon Modern.