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The Story of Urban Wood Guitars

Taylor Guitars’ Builder’s Edition 324ce made with the new Urban Ash™

Editor’s note: The following article is an excerpt of a lengthier piece posted by Jennifer Alger of Urban Salvaged Woods, a member of the Urban Wood Network: Western Region. 

One strength of the Urban Wood Network is the inclusion of every aspect of the supply chain. Typically businesses network within their own direct niches, but that can limit the scope of collaboration, something the Urban Wood Network aims to overcome. 

One stunning example of this shows in the collaboration between three Urban Wood Network members West Coast Arborists (WCA), Wood-Mizer, and Tree San Diego, and how these three directly and indirectly connected with end-user  guitar manufacturer Taylor Guitars. Ultimately even though these companies represent different aspects of the supply chain, there is a shared goal in caring for our urban trees, increasing our tree canopy, and making urban wood available in the volume, consistency, and quality needed for small, medium, and large manufacturers.

WCA is a family-owned tree maintenance and management company that provides services to over 330 municipalities and public agencies.  While they do tree care and tree removals as expected, they also focus on tree planting and the upcycling and salvaging of urban wood that they sell through their program, Street Tree Revival.

Currently, this team is upcycling over 36 different species, and salvages over one thousand urban logs annually for lumber. They also supply wood and logs to makers, sawyers, and others further in the supply chain. One of these species happens to be ash wood from Southern California, signature to the urban ash guitar from Taylor Guitars!

Two years after WCA came to be, Taylor guitars was founded. Taylor has had a reputation for its innovation, quality, and consistency for decades.  Taylor is the best-selling acoustic brand in the world, finishing close to 900 guitars per day. Part of their innovation has always included the consideration of sustainability. Guitar makers typically source tropical wood from all over the world.  They seek species such as mahogany, spruce, maple, ebony, and rosewood, and those have been used by luthiers for hundreds of years.  Although Taylor always had a focus on sustainability, refusing to waste what traditionally had been wasted in their industry, founder Bob Taylor was constantly seeking even more sustainable materials and processes for his company. 

So now, we have the supplier (WCA) and the maker and retailer (Taylor Guitars), but the bridge between these two links is the equipment manufacturer. WCA uses a Wood-Mizer LT40 super hydraulic, a WM1000, and a Super 70, and they have another Super 70 on the way.  Using low energy thin kerf bandsaws allows WCA to process wood efficiently with a low carbon footprint, rescuing even more urban wood. One of the beautiful things about Wood-Mizer is that they too have been engaged in replanting efforts. They frequently have sent out new trees for replanting with the purchase of their mills.

The Urban Salvaged Ash Guitar: The Network in Action
Bob Taylor and Andy Powers, (founder and master designer for Taylor Guitars respectively) had previously visited WCA’s yard looking for wood for Taylor Guitars, they were able to find seven different species that were of interest, but their prize find was finding the shamel ash, an urban wood double for 30+-year-old mahogany featured in the urban wood guitar series.

Scott Paul, Taylor Guitar’s sustainability manager, notes that he suspects these other species will bleed into their existing lines over time as long as suppliers are able to guarantee that same quality, volume, and consistency that were so crucial to the ash decision. Those three points coupled with the presence of tonewood in the WCA yard meant that Urban Wood Network member West Coast Arborists was definitely able to meet the needs of Taylor. The next step was to cut the logs on the Wood-Mizer, dry the lumber, and make the prototype to ensure proof of concept.

Paul explains that an acoustic guitar is typically made up of five to six different species of wood, each selected as a specific part and chosen for different physical properties that are required for each part.

Once they decided on the ash, it quickly earned the nickname “the golden retriever of tonewoods” because of how eager it was to please. Being compared to 30-year-old mahogany, is the best compliment a guitar builder can give to a species of wood.

By the next ADF Partners In Community Forestry Conference where Scott and I both spoke on a panel about urban wood, he had an urban wood guitar prototype in hand. A few short months later, Taylor Guitars was releasing it at NAMM.

The Future of the Urban Wood Industry
While Taylor is a high-profile company, they don’t use enough volume alone to move the needle on urban wood use. In an ideal world, more wood product manufacturers would look to try and forge relationships with local mills and wood sources and when nationally branded companies can get behind this concept, we stand to be able to create a circular economy. 

The surface is just being scratched on this industry and there is so much more potential. For urban wood producers, this movement is just becoming somewhat mainstream and the idea of a tree on the street or in a yard needing to be removed for disease or other reasons and then being used for lumber is still a foreign concept.   But who knows, with the rising prices of lumber that we have seen over the last year, perhaps more companies interested in sustainability will take a serious look at urban wood.   

Through working with groups like the UWN and collaborating there is the potential to provide even large manufacturers with the consistency, volume, and quality they need, but it’s going to require a group effort. One key component that will help is the introduction of the new USRW Certified Urban Wood Standards that will provide consistency and standardization for wood produced by Urban Wood Network members to ensure it meets the needs of the users.   Creating an industry around trees that need to be removed can boost local economies, provide more opportunities for small business and produce high-end products, all while improving our environment and reducing strain on our landfills. 

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Also see related article: Taylor Guitar Uses Urban Ash for Tonewood



Video: Palomar College’s Urban Wood Sawmill

Video: The Telescope

  

For the past four years students of Palomar College’s Cabinet & Furniture Technology program have been utilizing urban wood in their projects.

Through a grant from Cal Fire, the San Marcos, CA, educational institution’s Urban Forestry Department has been using a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill to mill logs from urban trees removed  throughout the San Diego area.

According to the department’s website, Palomar College established an urban wood products facility in 2000 to expose and educate students and generate community participation in the process of recycling trees in a sustainable forest.

The sawmill has helped salvage wood otherwise destined for landfills including redwood, ash, black acacia, sycamore, pecan, black oak and white oak. Most of the logs are cut into 4 quarter and 8 quarter slabs and the dry kilned for about four weeks. Then the wood is made available for sale to students in the furniture can cabinet program. Proceeds from these sales are used to help sustain the program.

Learn more about Palomar College’s Urban Forestry program.



Wood-Mizer’s New SlabMizer Flattens Wide Slabs

With the growing demand for high-quality finished wood slabs in the woodworking industry, Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis introduced the SlabMizer MB200 Slab Flattener ideal for sawmill owners, woodworkers, and professional workshops. Built in the USA, Wood-Mizer said the SlabMizer efficiently surfaces and flattens wood slabs, boards, burls, cookies, and other wide material with minimal labor.

Compared to a traditional router or planer, Wood-MIzer said the SlabMizer flattens wider and thicker material up to 56 inches wide and 8 inches thick in less time using powered cutter head directional controls with variable feed speed. For larger capacity, a 5-foot modular table extension can be added to increase the material length. The company said a 72-inch width option is coming soon. 

SlabMizer Features

  • 56-inch maximum material width and 8-inch maximum thickness

  • 13-foot material length or longer with 5-foot modular table extensions 

  • Powered cutter head directional controls with variable feed speed or manual feed

  • 5,500 rpm 5-inch cutter head with five four-sided carbide knives

  • Orbital sanding head attachment for fine finishes

Greg Bacon, sales director of Wood-Mizer, said, “The SlabMizer satisfies the needs of operations producing high-value finished slabs and reduces the manual labor required to finish these wide slabs that are extremely valuable in the woodworking industry.”

For more information, visit woodmizer.com.



ALOHA STATE’S GOT URBAN WOOD

Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Ann Arbor. There’s no need to think twice about any of those cities being bountiful sources of urban wood. But Kamuela, HI?

I find cause to pause.

Kamuela is on the Big Island of Hawaii and home to Kamuela Hardwoods. The company’s successful urban wood business is perhaps the most intriguing episode of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling Series of videos.
Alex Woodbury, a woodworker, who co-founded the business with Josh Greenspan, an ISA certified arborist, says, “Up until recently, as much as 33% of our waste stream produced by our small island population of under 200,000 people was in the form of green waste, and in that green waste was an untold number of millable urban trees. For almost a decade we’ve been diverting some of that waste and producing beautiful sustainable lumber with it.”

Learn more and watch the video about this 49th-stage urban wood enterprise in this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update.

If you are in a video watching mode, then check out the short presentation produced by Forest Proud that celebrates the omni importance of urban forests.

Also, in this month’s issue, read about Lumber Woman & Co., an urban wood business run by Tina Albright of Topeka, KS. It’s another story of homeowner who had a V8-moment about the potential of putting community trees to good use after researching what to do about a tree that needed to come down on her property.

Plus, the city of Greenfield, WI, represents a case study of how a community can take the initiative to repurpose tree removals into lumber and other wood products. The Greenfield Model is one of many inspirational stories shared by the Urban Wood Network.

Finally, speaking about the Urban Wood Network, learn how to become a member and the benefits that come with it. The initial paid membership drive has netted more than 35 founding members. For only $50 you can join these companies and entities and help shape plans to forward the urban wood movement.

Enjoy!

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org

READ THE MARCH ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE



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.



Woodworking Industry Takes Notice of Urban Wood Movement

The urban wood movement will take to the main stage of the North American woodworking industry’s most important event – the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. The free 90-minute seminar, “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” set for Friday, August 24 is garnering strong support from a diverse segment of companies exhibiting at the show.

Wood-Mizer, lead sponsor of the seminar, has been joined by three other sponsors: Richelieu Hardware, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing. Each of these companies sees utilizing felled and fallen urban trees to their highest possible value in tune with their own sustainability missions.

It is extremely gratifying to see more wood industry companies support the efforts of the Urban Wood Network, organizer of the event, as well as peer groups in the Southeast and West Coast which will be represented in the seminar. IWF represents a great opportunity to educate more professional woodworking companies about the potential of this vastly under-utilized yet very valuable resource.

Read more about the IWF Urban Wood Seminar Sponsors and the products that they will display in this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Speaking of IWF Urban Wood Seminar presenters, check out the video featuring Jennifer Alger. Jennifer, CEO of Far West Forest Products in Sheridan, CA, is the force behind the new Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods Network. She will be joined by Dwayne Sperber of Wudeward Urban Forest Products, who will represent the Urban Wood Network on the panel. Yours truly will moderate the presentation.

Also, speaking of IWF Urban Wood Seminar sponsors, read about Wood-Mizer’s recent acquisition of the Swedish company MOReTENs. As a result of the purchase, Wood-Mizer, already renowned for its portable and stationary sawmills, now offers more value-added capability with machines including planers/moulders, table saws and even CNC routers.

Finally, if you are interested in connecting with urban wood proactivists around the globe, then become a member of the Urban Wood Network LinkedIn group that now numbers more than 1,750 strong.

As always, send me your urban wood stories, photos and experiences.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Rich Christianson

Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org

READ THE JUNE 2018 ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE



IWF Urban Wood Seminar Gains Diverse Sponsorship Support

Seminar focused on repurposing felled community trees receives solid sponsorship push from Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.

 

An intriguing mix of companies exhibiting at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) have signed on as sponsors of “The Urban Wood Movement Is NOW! Come Join the Movement.” The free 90-minute seminar is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The diverse cast of urban wood seminar sponsors includes Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.

“It is extremely gratifying to see these four major companies throw their support behind the concept of utilizing community and landscape trees at the end of their service as lumber and wood products when possible,” said Rich Christianson, a representative of the Urban Wood Network, organizer of the event. “We’re excited to educate woodworkers about the benefits of networking with local tree care professionals and sawyers to use locally reclaimed lumber in their custom projects.”

Featured presenters will include Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI; Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA; and Joe Lehnen, a representative of the Virginia Urban Wood Group. Each of the presentations will highlight opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

About the Sponsors
Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, (booth 6575) is the lead sponsor of the IWF urban wood seminar. As a world-wide leader in the manufacture of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, Wood-Mizer has long been a strong advocate of repurposing trees felled in the urban wood as lumber and wood products. The company’s diverse product offering also includes wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, kilns, moulders/planers, pallet recycling equipment, and bandsaw blades.

“With Wood-Mizer’s thin-kerf blade technology, diseased and dying city trees can find new life in a piece of furniture that could have otherwise gone to waste,” said Darryl Floyd, COO of Wood-Mizer. “Throughout the past decade, Wood-Mizer has seen a major influx of successful businesses who are utilizing urban sourced wood for their sawmilling operations and we are proud to manufacture a product that enables small businesses to be profitable with an underutilized resource. While Wood-Mizer has been educating woodworkers about the positive environmental and economic impact of urban wood for years, the Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018 will be another step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

Among the products Wood-Mizer will exhibit at IWF is the LT40 Hydraulic Wide portable sawmill. This industry workhorse for producing quality lumber fast and easily features a 34-inch width of cut and 21-foot log length capacity. Wood-Mizer will also show the MP260 and MP360 four-sided planers/moulders. These single-pass machines can be used to manufacture flooring, planed boards, crown moulding, cabinet trim, door and window frames and furniture components. 

Richelieu of Saint Laurent, QC, (booth 1604) is one of the largest distributors and manufacturers of specialty hardware and complementary products in North America. Richelieu operates more than 50 distribution centers to service over 80,000 customers engaged in the manufacture of kitchen and bath cabinets, closets and storage spaces, and home and office furnishings.

Richelieu will continue the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary at IWF 2018. The company will display its latest innovations in hardware, fasteners, lighting, storage solutions and more.

Dynabrade of Clarence, NY, (booth 8121) has been designing and manufacturing high-quality portable abrasive power tools in the United States for more than 50 years. Dynabrade also offers dust collection solutions and accessories for its abrasive power tools. “Dynabrade is a company that is going through a “Going Green” program,” said Andy Mandell, marketing manager. “We’re eliminating waste and creating a new recycling program. It’s fantastic to see old wood serving new purposes. and Dynabrade is proud to be a part of it.

Dynabrade will introduce the Dynorbital Extreme Random Orbital Sander line at IWF. It features an ergonomic design with a tactile soft grip over-mold for a comfortable feel. The 12,000 rpm more has an improved rotor design for enhanced power.

Safety Speed Manufacturing of Ham Lake, MN, (booth 6013) is a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality panel processing machinery. Safety Speeds product line includes a full line of vertical panel saws, panel routers, widebelt sanders, edgebanders, screw pocket machines and sign-making equipment. Tom Houska, marketing manager of Safety Speed, said supporting the urban wood movement is an extension of the company’s environmental initiatives. “We are constantly aiming to decrease resource consumption through improved efficiency in our manufacturing processes, eliminate unnecessary resource use and decrease the amount of waste produced through our manufacturing activities.”

At IWF 2018, Safety Speed will demonstrate a manufacturing work cell to more efficiently process panels. The integrated solution includes the 7400 vertical panel saw, Conquest 23-spindle line boring machine, 72GP glue pot edgebander and SPM 301 screw pocket machine, which will make its debut at IWF.

 

Note: While admission to this program is free, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat. Register at IWFAtlanta.com.

For information about the IWF Urban Wood seminar, contact Rich Christianson at 773-822-6750; richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

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About the Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network (UWN) operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. UWN has opened up membership to other state urban wood organizations as well as individual companies and entities. The four state partners include: Illinois Wood Utilization Team; Michigan Urban Wood Network; Missouri Department of Conservation; and Wisconsin Urban Wood.



Wood-Mizer Acquires Swedish Manufacturer of 4-sided Planer/Moulders

Wood-Mizer has expanded its product range to include woodworking equipment with the acquisition of Swedish company, MOReTENs AB. Included are four-sided planer/moulders, table saws, spindle moulders and CNC routers, plus log home building machinery.

“Throughout our history, Wood-Mizer has been committed to providing the best quality equipment to process logs into finished wood products,” said Wood-Mizer President and CEO Richard Vivers. “The affordable and versatile moulder and planer product lines from MOReTENs have been proven worldwide for decades, and are now backed by the high-quality service and support network customers expect from Wood-Mizer.”

The founder and owner of MOReTENs, Bo Mårtensson, has joined Wood-Mizer as the General Director of the factory in Ostersund, Sweden. The factory in Sweden marks Wood-Mizer’s fifth manufacturing plant throughout the world including three facilities in the USA and one in Poland.

Wood-Mizer recently began offering new planers/moulders under the Wood-Mizer name through its distribution network. Read the full press release about the acquisition.

Wood-MIzer is the lead sponsor of the seminar “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” scheduled for Aug. 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.



Urban Wood Movement Takes Woodworking Industry’s Biggest Stage in Atlanta

Growing demand for urban wood lumber and products is paramount to advancing the urban wood movement and cause.

One way to increase demand for urban wood begins with making woodworkers – particularly custom woodworkers – aware of the potential of using this under-utilized material in their cabinet, furniture and other projects.

The Urban Wood Network (UWN) aims to do just that by presenting a free 90-minute seminar August 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. IWF is the woodworking industry’s largest North American event; more than 17,000 professionals attended the show two years ago.

This actually represents an encore performance. More than 130 people registered for the urban wood utilization seminar at IWF 2016.

Representatives of three regional urban wood utilization efforts will present including Dwayne Sperber, representing UWN; Jennifer Alger, representing the West Coast’s new Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Lumber; and a third speaker to be announced soon representing the Southeast’s urban wood movement. Yours truly will moderate this panel of distinguished and passionate speakers. A big thanks to Wood-Mizer for signing on as the major sponsor of the program.

You can learn more about the IWF urban wood seminar: The Urban Wood Movement Is Now! Come Join the Movement in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured this month:
Watch a video to see how Hunski Hardwoods has established a successful business salvaging and milling felled urban trees in Sacramento, CA. It’s the 4th episode of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling series.

Make it a double feature by checking out a video showing how New York state deploys its fleet of 22 drones to get a bird’s-eye view for monitoring the health of its public and urban forests.

In case you missed the Spring Urban Wood Webcast presented by the Wood Education & Resource Center of the Northeast Forest Station, you can now view it on-demand. Included are updates on the Urban Wood Network, Virginia Urban Wood group, urban wood certification efforts and urban wood utilization in Kansas City, MO.

READ APRIL 2018 ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE

Don’t forget to share your urban wood stories, photos and experiences.

Until next month, enjoy!

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org



Video: Urban Sawmilling in Sacramento

Episode IV of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling video series profiles Hunski Hardwoods of Sacramento, CA. Hunski was established in 2010 by James Hunsaker and his son Nick to salvage diseased and dying trees. The company mills them into high-quality slabs and lumber.