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Sawing Experts To Transform Salvaged Urban Trees Into Usable Lumber
Unique Sawmill Demonstration At Washtenaw Community College
Wednesday, September 18
Washtenaw Community College’s GalleryOne Partners With The Urbanwood Project
For Art Exhibit Featuring Works Made From Salvaged Lumber
Exhibit Runs Through Oct. 18
WHAT: Communities regularly lose trees due to pests, storms, old age, and construction. Jeff and Jason Tervol of Tervol’s Wood Products will demonstrate how these trees are being salvaged and transformed into useable lumber – using a specialized and portable sawmill. The demonstration is part of activities connected with Washtenaw Community College’s GalleryOne exhibit titled, “Built, Carved, Turned: Ten Approaches To Urbanwood.” The exhibition, running through Oct. 18, displays works of art using locally salvaged wood by Washtenaw area artists and woodworkers.
Also part of the day’s activities is a lecture by Jessica Simons, coordinator of the Urbanwood Project. Simons will discuss the Emerald Ash Borer and other threats to forest health, explain the history of Michigan's nationally-recognized sustainable wood recycling effort, show the range of wood markets from furniture to energy, and provide guidance on how people can use these ideas in their own communities.
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Sept. 18 – the sawmill demonstrations will occur at 12:30 and at 4:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of the WCC Student Center Building. The lecture by Ms. Simons is at 6 p.m. – in Room 108 of the Student Center Building.
WHY: “This demonstration shows the value of creative thinking and turning a negative into a positive, said Anne Rubin, Gallery One’s director. “So many of our trees have been affected by pests and diseases – primarily from the Emerald Ash Borer insect,” she said. “But the Urbanwood Project has done a remarkable job of developing ways to use the damaged wood – as viable lumber, and now as distinctive pieces of art. I encourage our WCC students, and the entire community to attend this one-of-a kind exhibit – to see how Washtenaw area artists and woodworkers have embraced using salvaged wood in their innovative artwork.”
GALLERYONE: Washtenaw Community College’s GalleryOne – is located on the first floor of the Washtenaw Community College Student Center Building. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. GalleryOne is dedicated to developing and presenting exhibitions that are enjoyable, educational and challenging. It focuses on exhibits that serve to reflect the mingling of interests, ideas and passions of students, artists and community members. [More information at wccnet.org/galleryone.]
THE URBANWOOD PROJECT: The Urbanwood Project began in 2005 as part of Recycle Ann Arbor and the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council’s efforts to encourage more recycling of dead urban trees – especially those killed by the emerald ash borer. [More information at Urbanwood.org.]
TERVOL’S WOOD PRODUCTS: Tervol’s Wood Products, located in North Adams, Mich. The company is one of six suppliers at Recycle Ann Arbor’s Urbanwood Marketplace – the local retail effort for the Urbanwood Marketplace Project. The project carries up to thirty different species of lumber and other wood products made locally from salvaged diseased trees. [More information at tervolswoodproducts.com.]
[Editor’s note: Contacts: The exhibition: Anne Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wood resources and materials – Jessica Simons at email@example.com. For details about upcoming events during the exhibition, call Gallery One at (734) 477-8512.]
Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has made education accessible and affordable for the local community for 48 years. Located in Ann Arbor, MI, the College offers over 120 degrees and certificates, an open door admission policy and affordable tuition rates. WCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.