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UWN Webinar #4: Starting a State Urban Wood Network

“Starting an Urban Wood Network,” the fourth in a series of informative presentations in the Urban Wood Networks’s “How to Do Urban Wood,” webinar series, is available on demand.

This webinar provides an overview of the industry, active networks, potential funding options, organizational structures, and guidance on how to start a state network.

Featured Presenters
Paul Morrison – The Wood Cycle, Oregon, WI.  Paul is owner of The Wood Cycle and a founding member of Wisconsin Urban Wood. Paul formed the Wood Cycle in 2001 with an intentional focus on what is now termed urban woodworking. The Wood Cycle employs seven full time workers; produces its own urban lumber, supplying its own custom shop, two Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations, and many other woodworkers in search of live edge slabs. Paul enjoys mentoring new urban wood businesses, with a goal of saving newly-networked members from many of the early struggles of his own experience.  Paul also authored “Tree to Table: Emergence of the Urban Wood Movement.”

Dwayne Sperber – Wudeward Urban Forest Products. Wudeward Urban Forest Products Owner Dwayne Sperber has always been interested in architecture, wood, and the environment. He was introduced to urban wood nearly twenty years ago, and with this intersect of his three passions, Dwayne immediately became a major advocate for its use. He has worked tirelessly to build awareness and markets for the abundance of wood being removed due to insect, disease, or circumstance. Dwayne is a founding member of Wisconsin Urban Wood, a nonprofit focused on building networks of people and businesses that links material streams and availability of quality urban wood products and services across Wisconsin and beyond. He also serves as the Wisconsin State Lead for the Urban Wood Network and is an appointed member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.

Matthew Staudenmaier – City of Eau Claire, WI. Matt is the Forestry Department Supervisor for the City of Eau Claire, WI, which is a member of Wisconsin Urban Wood. He leads a team of five full-time ISA Certified Arborists and is charged with the maintenance of over 32,000 street trees. Emerald Ash Borer and diversification of the city’s tree population will continue to be the major challenges facing his Department, along with constricted budgets and labor force. Finding creative solutions while maintaining public trust and respect has been vital to his success, including overseeing implementation of the city’s urban wood use agreement with Wisconsin Urban Wood which allows its members to utilize removed trees from the city’s urban wood yard.

Watch the Webinar Series

Webinar #1: Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization

Webinar #2: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It

Webinar #3: Producing Urban Wood Products – What, How and Where

Webinar #4: Starting a State Urban Wood Network



Making the Transition from Teaching to Running an Urban Wood Business

Skorup made this live-edge table from tornado-salvaged wood.

Steve Skorup of Sandwich, IL, may have retired from high school teaching, but he’s hardly retired. His new day job is harvesting urban trees to make into furniture and other wood products. He’s found diverse sources for urban logs and has made friends with a pair of local sawyers to mill them for his shop. Read more about Skorup and his urban wood business, SAWINC, in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured in this issue

Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, presented the first Wisconsin Urban Wood Utilization Award to the architects and builders of the DoMUS apartment complex. The award recognized the project’s use of Wisconsin Urban Wood shelving in 117 luxury apartments. His goal is to make this an annual award. Way to go, Dwayne!

We’ve featured several videos produced Tom Hogard of Eudora, KS, better known in urban wood circles as Tom The Sawyer, over the years. Tom recently began blogging on his website. In one of them he tackles the challenging question, “Can you cut your lumber costs significantly by patronizing your local sawmill?” Read the article in this month’s Update for Tom’s answer.

The Urban Wood Network presented its third in its “How to Do Urban Wood” webinar series last week. It will soon be archived to watch on-demand. The second webinar, “How to Produce and Market Urban Lumber,” was recently added to the archives. A handy link is offered in the newsletter to check it out.

As always, send me your urban wood news and photos. Steve Skorup did it, so can you!

Rich Christianson

Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team


DoMUS Serves as Industry Model for Wisconsin Urban Wood

Wudeward Urban Forest Products was honored to present the first Wisconsin Urban Wood Utilization Award to Mandel Group, HGA, and C.D. Smith Construction for their work developing, designing, and building the DoMUS apartment complex in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. The award was presented on June 21 during the USGBC Wisconsin Transformation Awards.

Wudeward could not have presented this award without the support from the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin Urban Wood network of municipalities, arborists, sawmills, designers, and suppliers who together make the urban wood industry possible.

The DoMUS project – which incorporated Wisconsin Urban Wood shelving into 117 of its luxury apartment homes, shelving in the community room, and a floor-to-ceiling divider in the main lobby – serves as a model for working with urban wood in large volumes. From their understanding of best ways to work with sustainably-sourced materials, to adding Wisconsin Urban Wood into their design specifications, and constant communication throughout the design and construction process, the team made working within the constraints of nature’s inventory a streamlined, standardized, and enjoyable experience.

Download the full case study for more information and give me a call if you are looking to incorporate Wisconsin Urban Wood into your next project.



Wisconsin Urban Wood Graces Ortho’s Office

The reception area of Bubon Orthodonists in Milwaukee has a decidedly local flavor, and for good reason. The backdrop of the reception counter is wall cladding made with Wisconsin urban wood.

The reception area was designed by Rick Pipek of in.studio architecture also of Milwaukee.

Wudeward Urban Forest Products, a member of Wisconsin Urban Wood, furnished the high-quality urban wood planks used in the project.

Read more about this project.

Note: Wudeward owner Dwayne Sperber bill be a featured presenter of “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement” seminar scheduled for Aug. 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Lean more.