Tag: Urban Forest

IllinoisUrbanWood’s Top 10 Countdown

By Rich Christianson

The eyes have it!

The final votes are in and the Top 10 most-viewed posts on IllinoisUrbanWood.org are known.

Activity on the Illinois Urban Wood Utilization Team’s website finished 2016 with 7, 349 visitors who clicked through 17,412 pages. Both of these totals are more than double that of 2015.

Here’s a quick reverse-order recap of the most popularly viewed posts last year.

10. Video: Tom The Sawyer Mills Black Walnut for Figure
Tom Hogard, aka Tom The Sawyer, of Eudora, KS, demonstrates how to maximize the figure of logs with “flaws” including sweep or crotches. Read more.

9. Woodworking Enthusiasts Get a Taste of Urban Wood
Woodworkers of all ages get an opportunity to craft products from wood salvaged from Chicago Park District trees. Read more.

8. Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood Display
Jeff Perkis used red oak milled from one of the downed trees to create a display stand for a historic train bell. It will become a permanent exhibit at the West Chicago City Museum. Read more.

7.  Illinois Sawmill Directories Updated
The Forestry Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently released a pair of newly updated sawmill directories, one featuring custom sawyers and the other dedicated to stationary sawmilling operations. Read more.

6. Passions Flow at IWF Urban Wood Seminar
Three presenters – representing three very diverse business models – chorused their praise for urban wood during a unique seminar held Aug. 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Read more.

5. Diverse Audience Unites at Urban Wood Event
Arborists, foresters, sawyers, architects, woodworkers and other professionals came together at the Bringing the Urban Wood Full Circle Conference to learn and share ideas for propelling the urban wood market. Read more.

4. Couple ‘Sacrificed Our Entire Lives’ for Urban Wood Business
Rob and Zoe Bocik left the 9-to-5 rat race six years ago to pursue their dream of milling lumber and crafting furniture, jewelry and other products from local trees otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill. Read more.

3. Arborist Pursues His Passion with Urban Wood Start-up
Dobnick Timberworks has joined the Illinois urban wood  movement, opening up a lumber and custom wood products business in Oswego, IL. Read more.

2. Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners Strut Their Stuff
The Urban Wood Products Showcase, featured at the March 2016 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, shined a bright spotlight on the design creativity of the entries that ranged from tables and wall hangings to a bell stand and soccer ball all crafted from urban wood. Read more.

1. First Release: Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide
A new national directory dedicated to helping connect tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and other urban wood enthusiasts was recently released by the Urban Forest Full Circle Network. Read more.



Video: Urban Hardwoods a Growing Company

Urban Hardwoods of Seattle, WA, is an impressive and growing concern that illustrates the potential of taking the urban wood movement to dazzling new heights.

Urban Hardwoods mills urban trees into lumber and processes it into beautiful furniture. What’s more, the company has showrooms in Seattle, San Francisco and soon at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

Check out this video to gain a better appreciation of this trendsetting company.

Learn more at urbanhardwoods.com.



Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Forest Wood Usage

The North Carolina Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program worked with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute to produce a series of three Forest Fast Breaks — videos focused on important contributions of the urban forest.

Forest Fast Breaks simplify complex forestry topics into concise, engaging animated shorts with sound effects and narration.

View the full list of Forest Fast Breaks here.

 



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.



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

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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
On-Site
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


Urban Wood Utilization Fits Community’s Utopian Vision

Sustainable Atwood, Urban Forest

Sustainable Atwood’s 2011 i-tree inventory counted 8,078 community trees comprised of more than 100 species.

Urban wood use is part of Sustainable Atwood’s utopian vision for a sustainable greater Madison, WI, community that can be modeled by others throughout the nation and beyond.

“Our mission is to make ‘sustainable’ the norm by helping neighborhoods thrive as models of social, economic, and ecological well-being,” state’s the group’s website: sustainableatwood.org.

Sustainable Atwood encompasses the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhood that 6,000 residents call home. The organization’s projects include solar, metro and urban forest programs and projects. The website also includes a 2011 report on the community’s combined public and private tree inventory, which numbered 8,078. Maples made up 28% of the tree canopy followed by ash, 11%; and northern hackberry and honey locust at 5% each..

Sustainable Atwood project goals include:

  • Developing a resilient urban forest supported by a robust urban forest economy;
  • Creating a carbon neutral neighborhood;
  • “Growing all of our own food –including our pantries – on our public and private land;”
  • Promoting walking and biking over travel by car; and
  • Maximizing organic matter composting to become a “zero garbage community.”
 

 



International Woodworking Fair Supports Urban Wood Conference

IWF2014 LogoThe International Woodworking Fair (IWF), North America’s largest woodworking event, is lending its support to the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

IWF has signed on as a partner sponsor of the unique event being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will bring together public and private land managers, arborists, architects and designers, sawyers, woodworkers and other entrepreneurs to share and learn next-step actions to participate in a market-driven source local, buy local urban wood economy. The unique conference will focus on industry best practices for everything from urban tree removal and milling through wood manufacturing and marketing the distinct local appeal of urban wood products.

“The utilization of urban wood for wood manufacturing is an important new market for the industry,” said Tom Onsrud, IWF 2016 Chairman and President of C.R. Onsrud of Troutman, NC. “We support efforts to salvage the highest valued use from urban trees.”

“We thank the organizers of IWF for their cooperation with our program,” said Rich Christianson, conference director for the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. “They understand that there is an opportunity for many public and private community trees that are felled because of insect infestation, storm damage or other reasons to be converted into lumber and ultimately used for making custom furniture, cabinets and other wood products.

“The urban wood movement is not just a Midwest phenomenon,” Christianson added. “The emerald ash borer has killed more than 250 million ash trees in more than 20 states and several Canadian provinces. Its deadly rampage has given cause for federal, state, county and local governments to think beyond simply chipping and mulching ash and other landscape trees in the urban forest. This growing awareness has led to the creation and rapid growth of a cottage industry that encompasses tree care companies, sawyers, woodworkers and even hardwood retailers across the country.”

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will include a dozen informative presentations, a live portable sawmilling demonstration, tabletop displays and a networking reception. In addition, furniture and other functional and artistic objects crafted by woodworking professionals and students will be displayed in the Urban Wood Products Showcase.

The full-day program will be preceded by a Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop presented by Prof. Dan Cassens of Purdue University Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Learn More and Register
To learn more about attending the conference or sponsorship and display opportunities, visit illinoisurbanwood.org.

Questions about the conference should be directed to Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest woodworking event. IWF 2016 is scheduled for August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must attend” show for supplies, manufacturing and processing of materials for the furniture, cabinetry, flooring, door and window, plastics, solid surfacing and machine tooling industries. IWF 2014 attracted more than 23,000 woodworking professionals and industry suppliers from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

About the Illinois Wood Utilization Team Founded in 2009, the Illinois Wood Utilization Team is a network of land managers, professionals in the wood products industry, natural resource and green building experts and artisans dedicated to promoting and developing a sustainable market place for achieving the best possible use of trees felled in the urban forest. The Illinois WUT is part of a four-state grant project funded through the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area. Other grant partners include the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council and Recycle Ann Arbor; the Missouri Department of Conservation; and the Sustainable Resources Institute Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.



Urban Wood Conference: Join the Source Local, Buy Local Movement

Horigan Urban Forest Products, urban wood

Photo: Horigan Urban Forest Products

By Rich Christianson

“Buy American” has spawned the “Buy Local” movement.

The opportunity to support your community by sourcing materials and buying value-added products locally is a key component to what makes the urban wood market tick. For far too long far too many community trees ravaged by invasive insects, felled by storms or removed for development have been chipped or mulched without much thought given to salvaging and utilizing the wood from these trees for lumber and ultimately furniture, cabinets, flooring and other value-added products.

The swiftness and widespread devastation wrought by the emerald ash borer has given a growing number of foresters, arborists, custom sawyers and custom woodworkers pause to consider what more can be done with an urban tree after its life has ended. Urban wood utilization movements have taken hold in nearly every state of the union and several Canadian provinces.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team has networked with many independent and government groups, including forming a strong partnership with urban wood groups in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri. This partnership includes sharing intelligence, ideas and best practices to develop and promote a stronger urban wood market.

The best of the best of this shared learning will be on full display at the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL. This event is a unique forum for land managers, foresters, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers, architects and designers, retailers, educators and other stakeholders that make up the links of the urban wood supply chain to share, learn and network with like-minded professionals.

There is already a small but growing number of companies and individuals committed to the source local, buy local appeal of urban wood utilization. They have seized the opportunity. But there is plenty of room for more entrepreneurs ready to roll up their sleeves and do themselves and their communities a great favor.

I can think of no better way to jump start the urban wood marketplace than by attending the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference.

I hope to see you there!

REGISTER NOW!

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Registration Opens for Unique Urban Wood Event

ILWUT_LogoMake plans and register now to attend the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

The full-day event is being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. It will include more than a dozen informative presentations, a live portable sawmill demonstration, tabletop displays and plentiful networking opportunities.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will bring together public and private land managers, arborists, architects and designers, sawyers, woodworkers and other entrepreneurs to share and learn next-step actions to participate in a market-driven urban wood economy. The unique conference will focus on industry best practices for everything from urban tree removal and milling through wood manufacturing and marketing the local appeal of urban wood products.

Confirmed presentations include case studies of urban wood initiatives taking place in Chicago; Ann Arbor, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. Representatives of each of these urban centers will detail how urban trees are being diverted from landfills in favor of being converted into lumber and value-added wood products.

Prof. Dan Cassens of Purdue University’s Forestry Department, one of the nation’s foremost experts on hardwood lumber, will discuss market opportunities and strategies for promoting urban wood products. Cassens, who also runs a sawmill business, will conduct live portable sawmill demonstrations during the conference.

A networking reception featuring tabletop displays by businesses and organizations participating in the urban wood movement will immediately follow the full day of presentations.

Learn More and Register
To learn more about attending the conference or sponsorship and display opportunities, visit illinoisurbanwood.org.

Additional information is also available by contacting Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

Register Now!



Webinar to Address Cross Laminated Timber, a Potential Urban Wood Use

Cross Laminated TimberThe NAASF Forest Utilization Committee, USDA Forest Service and WoodWorks are organizing a free webinar focusing on the use of wood, including Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in building construction.

The “Role of Wood in Modern Building Construction” will examine the current “wood revolution,” including factors motivating architects and engineers to expand their use of wood and the potential benefits in terms of rural economic development, long-term forest health and carbon sequestration in buildings.

The use of CLT, especially in tall wood buildings, will be discussed. CLT is a promising engineered wood product that has been used to construct buildings in Europe for 20 years and is now gaining interest and a market foot-hold in the United States. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, CLT can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types.

Of interest to urban wood stakeholders, CLT offers opportunities to enhance markets for small-diameter and low-value wood resources.

The one-hour webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, Nov. 10. It offers an opportunity for state foresters, utilization staff specialists, and others involved in supporting the forest products industry to learn more about opportunities to promote use of engineered wood products in construction at a local level.

WoodWorks is an organization established to provide free technical support, education and resources related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings to architects and engineers to promote the use of wood in construction. WoodWorks does this through seminars, technical assistance, information products and through Wood Design Awards that aim to encourage innovation in construction using wood materials.

To participate in the webinar, refer to these instructions:

  • Use this link to connect to the Adobe Connect web meeting: 
  • Keep “Enter as a Guest” selected
  •  Type your name into the “name” box
  •  Click “Enter Room”
  •  For audio: dial in to the teleconference:  Conference call number: (888) 844-9904 Passcode: 4410499

Click here for additional information, including available literature and a video showcasing CLT how it’s made and its multiple benefits.