June Member Highlight: Allan Parachini

In the world of furniture designers dedicated to using sustainable resources in their one-of-a-kind creations, Allan Parachini certainly delivers. A resident of Kaua‘i since 2012, Allan’s career began as a reporter, where he worked for 26 years before moving on to work in public relations for nonprofit and government agencies. In 2010, he left this…

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May Member Highlight: A Place to Grow

Who doesn’t love the idea of a custom-built and private space just for them? Whether you’re an artist, a woodworker, a writer, or work from home, A Place to Grow’s mission is to build the perfect space for you all while using reclaimed and salvaged materials! After seeing the insanely creative and sustainably built she-sheds,…

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April Member Highlight: Nor-Cal Sawyer

After retiring from his job as a Sacramento Fire Captain in 2015, Jason Cornell of Nor-Cal Sawyer took up woodworking as a hobby. Cornell’s new craft fed his appreciation of the usefulness and beauty of trees beyond their natural lifecycle. Cornell recognized the potential of logs that would otherwise be reduced to firewood and in…

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March Member Highlight: Diamond K Woodworks!

Growing up in rural Montana offered Diamond K Woodworks owner Dustin Kendall a life submerged with a passion and respect for nature as well as the mindset that hard work and dedication is crucial when it comes to thriving in life. Beginning on the family Ranch as a young boy, the workload truly never ended.…

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The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning – March 11, 2020

Webinar #1: The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning – March 11, 2020 The Urban Wood Network will present its vision to bring together urban wood industry members to inform, collaborate and connect to build community, business, and consumer confidence in the industry.  Don Peterson, Executive Director of the Urban Wood Network will share recently established…

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How to accidentally turn a DIY project into a full-time wood business. Featuring: Rescued Oregon Timber

Erich of Rescued Oregon Timber hadn’t planned on purchasing a sawmill, opening two woodshops, and becoming the founder of a company that provides bar and tabletops to local breweries, nor had he planned on convincing his friends Rob and Scott to join him in this adventure. But after purchasing a cedar slab for a porch…

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Webinar: Urban Lumber Standards – April 8, 2020

Webinar #2: Urban Lumber Standards – April 8, 2020 One of the things that keep coming to light in order to take our industry to the next level and rescue more trees is to get urban woods specified by more architects and designers, and therefore sell more products, is the need for industry Standards and…

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Webinar: Urban Lumber Business – May 13, 2020

Webinar #3: Urban Lumber Business – May 13, 2020 Join us as we share proven strategies for scaling up and marketing an urban wood business. Now that we have a new national industry Standard and chain-of-custody certification, we’ll explain how to use them to simplify your business processes, and also walk through some of the…

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Webinar: What to do with the rest of the Tree(s) – June 10, 2020

Webinar #4: What to Do with the Rest of the Tree – June 10, 2020 Taking an urban log and producing some sort of lumber, boards or live edge slabs to create a value-added product is the glamorous side of urban wood utilization, but what do you do with the vast majority of wood that…

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How to spread knowledge of the Urban Wood Network in your community. Featuring: The Good Wood Guys

When a sweet black lab named Josie is the first to greet you as you walk into The Good Wood Guys’s shop, you realize that you’re not in an average wood store.  Then, when you check out the roster of classes teaching sustainable sawmilling and the benefits of Upcycling, you REALLY realize that you’re not…

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