August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA

The Urban Wood Revolution Is Now! Come Join the Movement

Date: Friday, August 24th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Session Code: NBS4
Location: TBD

Sponsored by: Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade Inc. and Safety Speed Manufacturing

Presented by: The Urban Wood Network


Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products, Sheridan, CA, representing Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods
Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI, representing the Urban Wood Network
Rich Christianson: Communications Director: Illinois Wood Utilization Team and Owner: Richson Media LLC 

The urban wood movement is expanding as more local, state and regional networks take root across the U.S. and Canada. These urban wood supply chains unite private and public landowners, tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and others who embrace the environmental and economic benefits of putting felled landscape and community trees to their highest possible use instead of seeing them enter the waste stream. At the upper end of the spectrum, the most desirable urban trees are being milled as lumber used to make custom furniture, cabinets, flooring and other wood products.

This session represents a golden opportunity for woodworkers, lumber suppliers and others with an entrepreneurial vision to learn how to join the urban wood movement. Presenters include representatives of three organizations leading urban wood movements in their specific regions: Urban Wood Network, Midwest; and the Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods, West Coast. The expert panelists will provide first-hand information on creating profitable and unique products from urban lumber and slabs. Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and formerly editorial director of Woodworking Network, will moderate the program. 
Seminar highlights include:

  •  The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell.
  •  The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood.
  •  How to find local sources of urban wood.
  •  How to join or start a local urban wood network.
  •  An opportunity to get answers to your questions from our expert panel.

Note: While admission to this program is free, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat.
About the Speakers:


Jennifer Algeris CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA, a family-owned business that actively works to promote the use of local native species and underutilized logs including reclaimed urban wood. Jennifer has worked alongside her father and brothers for most of her life and for more than the past decade also has been a regional representative for Wood-Mizer portable sawmills. She has presented at several urban log and lumber utilization workshops and seminars focused on marketing, growing and operating a small sawmill business.



Dwayne Sperberis the owner and founder of Wudeward Urban Forest Products, a commercial supplier of Wisconsin Urban Wood lumber for architects, designers, builders, and wood product producers.

The concept of urban wood lumber speaks to Sperber’s passions for architecture, woodworking, and the environment. For more than a decade, he has been a major advocate for its use, working tirelessly to build awareness and markets for the abundance of trees being removed due to insect, disease, or circumstance.

As an advisor and founding partner of Wisconsin Urban Wood, Sperber is helping to build a statewide network connecting people and businesses with quality urban wood products and services. Sperber also advises the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve Wisconsin’s urban forest as an appointed member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.



Rich Christiansonis the communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (IL WUT) and owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his 30-year career Rich has toured more than 200 woodworking plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. In his capacity with IL WUT, Rich has written dozens of articles focused on urban wood utilization and coordinated an urban wood conference held in the Chicago area in March.