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Wood Innovators Conference
Hiram Works
Hiram, ME
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Wood Innovators Conference
Wood Innovators Conference

Saturday, October 22nd
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hiram Works
22 Hampshire St, Hiram Maine

Cultivate your woods connections. Size up emerging opportunities in the woods economy. Celebrate wood innovations.

Join us for a day of discussion, demonstrations, workshops and socializing. The site is a former sawmill reinvented as a woods business incubator.

The Wood Innovators Conference brings together a diversity of people with a mutual interest in creating new economic value from Maine woods  those who produce wood, those who innovate with wood and those who build, use or heat with wood.


Registration, coffee, and goodies

8:45 to 9:15 Introduction: Jess Knox, Maine Accelerates Growth and Anthony Thistleton, Waugh Thistleton Architects

9:15 to 10:15 Tall wood buildings A revolution in construction technology is stirring excitement in Europe, Canada and the US. Can speed of construction and carbon benefits of cross-laminated timber overcome building and fire code obstacles? How can Maine position itself to supply the growing East Coast construction market?

Moderator: Lloyd Irland, former state economist
Panelists: Russell Edgar, UMO Advanced Structures and Composites Lab
Jean-Marc Dubois, Nordic Structures
Chris Carbone, Bensonwood
Naomi Beal, PassivhausMAINE

10:30 To 11:30 Wood heat Heating oil is still the predominant fuel for heating buildings in Maine, even though the state is 90 percent forested. Will new automated delivery systems and a stable, locally-produced supply finally persuade people to switch to wood heat in large numbers?

Moderator: Patrick Woodcock, Governors Energy Office
Panelists: Ryan Hamilton, Interphase
Bede Wellford, Viessmann
Scott Nichols, Tarm Biomass, Orford, NH
Rachel Bouvier, rbouvier consulting
Nelson Baillargeon, Oxford Hill High School

11:30 to 11:45 Quick update: Proposed pellet mill in Baldwin finally finds investors

Presenter: Tony Wood, FE Wood.

11:45 to 12:45 Lunch, woodworkers fair and networking

12:45 to 1:45 pm OPTION ONE Exemplary forestry demonstration (in the woodlot) With climate change intensifying, lumber demand growing and more wildlife losing habitat, the expectations of forestry are higher than ever. Can the forests ecological health and productivity be improved at the same time?

Presenters: Bob Perschel, New England Forestry Foundation
Jeff Meserve, consulting forester
Deborah Perkins, First Light Wildlife Consulting

12:45 to 1:45 OPTION TWO: Getting started in building tall-wood- buildings How do builders and architect analyze projects for suitability for cross-laminated timber? How to address client concerns and code issues?

Presenter: Anthony Thistleton, Waugh Thistleton Architects

1:45 to 2:45 p.m New products from wood fiber With loggers struggling because of downsizing in paper and biomass industries, where is the next generation of wood-based products going to come from? What are the best prospects for rooting biobased businesses in Maine?

Moderator: Dana Doran, Professional Loggers Association of Maine

Panelists: Nadir Yildirim, Revolution Research (wood-fiber foam insulation)
Charlotte Mace, Bio-based Maine
Phil Pastore, GLOBEco Maine (wood-fiber cloth)
Mehdi Tajvidi, Umaine School of Forest Resources (non-toxic particle board and other products)

2:45 to 3 p.m. Quick update: Build it with Wood campaign

Presenter: Bob Perschel, New England Forestry Foundation

3 to 4 p.m. Policy initiatives: The sudden contractions of the biomass and paper industries in Maine has heightened public awareness of the need to create new value from Maine woods. Several groups have been developing policy initiatives.

Presenters: Bill Bell, Maine Pellet Fuel Association (Biomass Commission)
Harold Burnett & Theresa Kerchner (Local Wood Initiative)
Maine Development Foundation (Economic Development Assessment Team)

Post-conference Developing niche markets for Eastern White Pine molding (a tour of custom planer mill) The owners of Hiram Works are looking for an entrepreneurial individual to take over an idle custom planer mill.

Tour guides: Henry Banks, HB Wood Co
Chris Burnell/Darryl Ward
Dan Dolgin, Bridgton

HUGE thanks to our sponsors:

Avesta Housing, Biobased Maine, Coastal Enterprises, Inc, Community Concepts, Elliotsville Plantation Inc.,E2 Tech, The Fritz and Susan Onion Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Hancock Lumber, Hayes True Value, Huber Engineered Woods, Hubka Construction, Local Wood Works, New England Forestry Foundation, Norway Savings Bank, Pleasant River Lumber, Q-Team, and Viessmann Manufacturing.

For more information contact: Lee Burnett, 207 324 1596, or Henry Banks, 207 890 2124, Forest Works! is a working forest conservation partnership. Tear Cap Workshops is a Maine educational non profit organization.



Hiram Works (View)
22 Hampshire St
Hiram, ME 04041
United States

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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