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Hey Good People – Rob here.

I can’t get enough of hearing about innovation when it comes to milling hardwood flooring, or the creativity of members of the wood industry in general. This is particularly true when I hear stories about how creative people are getting when it comes to sustainability and approaches to green building practices. I like that certain sectors of industry are beginning to realize that single-minded profit seeking denies them, and their customers, of many wider benefits. And some are way ahead when it comes to a more holistic approach to sourcing building materials in their own communities.

Here’s another great article about reclaimed hardwood products out of Santa Barbara, California.

Rob Bjorkland mills his own wood, a result of what is called urban forestry. This means that trees which normally would bRob Bjorklund at his sawmille subject to the wood chipper after falling to disease or other natural causes in neighborhoods are actually given new life through reclamation and re-use. And of course, the milling of this wood goes hand-in-hand with an aggressive re-planting program.

I think the wood flooring industry has been painted with a pretty broad brush when it comes to sustainability issues. For me, it’s great to see that a traditional product made in a traditional way, is actually subject to a pretty modern approach, with eco-friendly attitudes firmly in place. And it’s also important to note that innovation in the wood flooring and wood products industries are done at the grass roots level, which is true to the green building movement in general.

It’s clear that this is a lucrative business. Yet, practices like these also add to local communities too, not just short term profits. And there is respect for natural resources and wood species, and what they offer neighborhoods, outside of their role as wood flooring and other products. Re-planting fallen trees, and making use of available materials which had traditionally been discarded infuse new life into local economies and make sure that urban forests and green areas are sustained for the future as well. I personally find this long view tendency to be really encouraging.

What do you think, Good People? Are there similar efforts in your own communities with regard to replanting programs and reclaimed wood practices?

Tell me all about it!

Cheers,

Rob.

image and attached article courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent

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