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An exciting new industry is emerging in Michigan, with our communities, nonprofits, and businesses working to salvage and reuse the trees that are removed from our local neighborhoods. The emerging economy around urban wood is promising as a way to reduce waste, support local jobs, and create beautiful and sustainable products.

Are you a city manager or arborist saddened by the logs that you see go to waste every year? Are you an architect or builder looking for locally made, cutting-edge, green materials? Are you a citizen who cares deeply about how our practices and purchasing help the environment and our local economy? The Urbanwood Tour is a great opportunity for all audiences to discover more about several of Michigan's biggest urban wood success stories. Highlights of the full-day bus tour include:

  • Urban Ashes: Based in Saline, MI, this innovative business focuses on "maximizing America's under-utilized resources and human potential." For nearly a decade, owner Paul Hickman has worked to create heirloom frames, furniture, and home goods out of the area's reclaimed wood resources. By employing Michigan's transitional and disabled labor force to create frames and moulding by hand, Urban Ashes is able to help empower our disadvantaged workers while providing a collection of highly unique goods built to last generations.

  • Recycle Ann Arbor's Birge Urbanwood Center: As the nation's first "farmers' market" for urban wood, the marketplace at RAA's ReUse Center brings together six local producers to offer lumber and other specialty items to satisfy every woodworker or DIY enthusiast's needs. In operation since 2006, Urbanwood has thrived under Recycle Ann Arbor's leadership and has grown to be a dependable retail outlet for unique wood products such as hardwood lumber in wide widths, enormous live-edged slabs, turning blanks, odd species of lumber (such as black locust, tree of heaven, sycamore, or osage orange), chair and table kits, shelving with pre-made corbels, and one-of-a-kind cuts of figured wood.

  • Ann Arbor District Library's Traverwood Branch: Opened in June 2008, the Traverwood Branch's architects incorporated dying ash trees removed from the site into the building's flooring and shelving. A few trees were left intact and used as support beams along a row of windows on the south wing of the building where they interact beautifully with the uninterrupted expanse of green trees behind the building. The building's use of recovered ash trees was the subject of a nationally distributed documentary, Up from Ashes, and has been featured in both Architect Magazine and U.S. Green Building Council events.

  • Michigan State University's Shadows Program: Dan Brown, a sustainable bioproducts specialist at MSU, will provide our lunchtime presentation. The MSU Shadows Collection has been created as part of the Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative at Michigan State University. MSU Shadows collectibles are made from salvaged trees that are removed from campus due to decline, storm damage or construction. Trees are milled into lumber and kiln dried by MSU’s Department of Forestry. The lumber is sent to Michigan-based artisans who design and craft the items. Purchases of these handmade collectibles enhance campus sustainability through tree planting initiatives on campus, and supports student educational programs in forestry and urban wood recovery.

  • Sawmill Demonstration by Tervol's Wood Products: Established in 1994, Tervol's Wood Products is a family-owned business in North Adams, MI, specializing in sawing, kiln drying, and millwork. A longtime Urbanwood partner, Tervol's Wood Products has been selling lumber at Recycle Ann Arbor's Urbanwood Marketplace for the last decade.

  • Birge Urbanwood Center Woodworker Showcase: A one-day exhibition of art, woodworking, and utilitarian items made from reclaimed and salvaged wood will take place at the Recycle Ann Arbor Birge Urbanwood Center during the tour. The works of local woodworkers, artists, and DIY-enthusiasts will be on display to demonstrate the potential of urban wood and provide inspiration to participants.

The tour is a full-day event, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Urban Ashes manufacturing facility in Saline, MI and ending with the final bus leaving a networking gathering at Traverwood Library at 6:00 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, with food provided by Bona Sera Restaurant in Ypsilanti and Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor. Parking information, directions, a complete itinerary, and other details will be provided upon registration. Attendance is limited to 55 participants; pre-registration is required.

COST: $20/person

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 14, 2017

QUESTIONS? Please contact Jessica Simons - info@urbanwood.org

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