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Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live Webinar Series … Tree to Table

January 20, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live Webinar Series

Massachusetts Woodlands Institute*, Northern Woodlands, and New England Forestry Foundation present the Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series. Join us as we explore examples of how to grow, build, and live with beautiful and sustainable local wood products at different scales—from furniture to homes to institutional buildings.

  • January 20th, 2pm-3:30: Tree to Table
  • February 24th, 2pm-3:30: Woods to Home
  • March 17th, 2pm-3:30:  Forests to Cities

*The Massachusetts Woodlands Institute is a subsidiary of Franklin Land Trust

Tree to Table

On January 20th from 2:00-3:30pm we will hear an in-depth account of the design processes and sustainability considerations that went into creating a set of custom tables from local, sustainably harvested wood. Mitch Ryerson, a master carpenter and Professor of Sustainable Furniture Design at MassArt, will tell the story of how his students developed a set of conference tables for New England Forestry Foundation, from wood sourced from local forests managed according to the organization’s Exemplary Forestry standards. The discussion will explore the connections between sustainable forestry and craft woodworking, giving us insight into how local wood can be used to create beautiful and sustainable goods to meet the challenges we face from global climate change. We will hear from Mitch about the features and details of the tables; the creative and prototyping processes the MassArt class engaged in to design them. Together with Massachusetts Woodlands Institute Executive Director Emily Boss, we will then talk about the growth and harvesting practices used for hardwoods in New England, and the positive climate benefits of forests, forestry, and furniture making.

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January 20, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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