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Oldar has also teamed with faculty at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) to produce three publications on the topics of sustainability in urban forestry, urban tree volume equations for urban hardwoods, and urban wood utilization. During the day, Sam Sherrill teaches economics, statistics, and computer graphics at the University of Cincinnati.
In 1995, a University colleague of Sherrill’s spotted a fallen cherry tree along a street in Cincinnati. With access to ash trees, McCall’s Department offers potential philanthropists the opportunity to buy a hardwood bench, laser-engraved with the name of an honoree, for the park. Since 1980 city-run wood yards have generated revenue for Cincinnati’s Urban Forestry Division and provided firewood, chips, and mulch to homeowners and businesses. California Hardwood has a contract with Sacramento to collect trees that otherwise would go to the landfill. Besides Sacramento, California Hardwood gets trees from State parks and fire control agencies, local utilities, and the State highway department. In 1996 the California Hardwood Industry Initiative was established with funding from the U.S. Parmenter notes that he could make almost as much money if he just cut all his logs into firewood; however, he sees so much beautiful California hardwood going into landfills that he does not want to take the easy way out. Cincinnati Floor Company represents the country's premier manufacturers and prides itself on maintaining long-standing relationships with its suppliers.
SEATTLE--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Wood fiber costs, the major cost component when manufacturing wood pulp, have developed quite differently the past few years for pulp mills manufacturing softwood pulp compared to companies producing hardwood-based pulp. The city refloored two heavily used storage rooms at a community center with 3-inch-thick hardwood.
Milling the wood has reduced the city’s tipping fees by nearly $40,000, and has allowed the Parks and Urban Forestry Department to use high-quality hardwoods for benches and picnic tables that require less maintenance. For example, Cook has supplied basswood to a carver of carousel horses, blue-stained ponderosa pine to a log furniture builder, white birch to a lath crafter, and various hardwood species to a turner of wooden bowls. Easterling sells West Coast’s lumber to various outlets including woodworkers, school industrial arts programs, and hardwood retailers. The company specializes in highly figured hardwoods in various sizes, species, and grain patterns.
Daily maximum production is around 2,500 board feet in a wide range of pine and hardwood species.
If the Slaters started sawing for a specific hardwood grade market they would likely need to go out and look for logs. Future cooperative projects with Cal Poly include development of (1) an internet-based commodity exchange for exotic woods from the urban environment, (2) commodity standards for figure (grain pattern) in urban wood in lieu of standard hardwood grades, and (3) cubic foot wood volume tables to be used in conjunction with automated city tree inventories.
One service that sets Cook apart is his creation of a “wood artisan network” to which he supplies free wood. The unit was used to mill hardwood lumber from logs that traditionally would have been sent to a landfill, chipped, or converted to firewood. He estimates there are now over 200 species and 5 million trees in Salt Lake City, and about 75 percent are hardwoods including walnut, ash, locust, sycamore, maple, catalpa, Russian olive, chestnut, and various fruit trees.
The younger Slater is also sawing framing lumber and hardwood “grade” lumber for a house he is planning to build. In 1994 he started a hardwood sawmilling cooperative with four members from the Auburn area.
Students and faculty alike are exploring the new world of urban “working forests,” where wood that was once treated as just tree waste is being converted to high quality value-added products made of exotic urban hardwoods.
An incident in the mid-1990s, however, changed Sherrill’s woodworking philosophy and led to a program that is spreading far beyond the boundaries of Cincinnati.
Even 1-inch-thick hardwood flooring from the lumberyard would have cost $500 to $900, according to McCall. He sincerely commends privately owned Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati, which is far better off because they have successfully conducted many professionally guided timber sales. The high quality of the lumber produced and a growing regional interest in expanding the California hardwood industry convinced the management of West Coast Arborists to purchase their own mill. Hessenthaler’s self-built kiln can dry 4,000 board feet of green hardwood lumber in 25-35 days. The Cincinnati Park Board assisted by cutting selected logs into proper lengths and loading them onto trucks.
In 1988 he founded Urban Forest Woodworks to salvage urban trees and convert them into hardwood products.