Urban wood use on the docket at IWF 2016

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Sawmill manufacture Wood-Mizer will be hosting an urban wood seminar at the upcoming International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network, comprised of members from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, is presenting the free 90-minute seminar Aug. 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Joseph Lovenduski runs a Wood-Mizer mill.

“Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees” will focus on how to find sources, the marketing appeal of using and selling urban wood products, and the environmental advantages. The seminar will also provide an opportunity for discussion with a panel of experienced urban wood product experts.

Panelists for the seminar include Jennifer Alger of Far West Forest Products in Sheridan, Calif., Rick Siewert of Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, Minn., and Dwayne Sperber of Wudeward Urban Forest Products in Delafield, Wis.

Darryl Floyd, COO of Wood-Mizer, notes the growth of urban wood use throughout the past decade.

Woodworker Nick Allman mills stock from salvaged heart pine beams.

“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. 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,” Floyd said in a statement.

“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 2016 

Far West Forest Products milled this slab from a camphor tree that grew in Sacramento, Calif.

will be another step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

Advanced registration is suggested to guarantee a seat. Learn more and register www.iwfatlanta.com

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue.

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