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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.



Picture This: Ex-Cons Reclaim Urban Wood and Their Lives

urban-ashes-picture-framesUrban Ashes of Ann Arbor, MI, is giving diseased trees and disrupted lives a second chance.

The company specializes in the manufacture picture frames from reclaimed wood from the urban forest trees infested by the emerald ash borer and deconstructed buildings. Urban Ashes’ phenomenal growth is evidenced by the more the more than 200 stores in 40 states that now sell its custom frames, according to a report by the MLive.

The newspaper’s feature on Urban Ashes and its owner Paul Hickman focuses on the role former prison inmates are playing in the company’s success.

“The people part of our story now are even more important to me than the wood is,” Hickman told MLive. “Both were once often considered and discarded as waste. Now both are combining to create an unrivaled story and collection of Michigan-made goods.”

Read the article and view the slide show.