December 2011  
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Established, profitable, small Intarsia woodworking business for sale. Complete turnkey operation $52,500. Great for second income or retired couple; owner will train. If interested please email to request information.


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Letter from the Editor


Happy Holidays from Catskill WoodNet! 


Struggling with that hard-to-buy-for person this season? Consider a locally-made, quality wood product from one of our Catskill WoodNet members. Explore Catskill WoodNet to help spark great gift ideas for your loved ones.   


While you're looking around, you can feel good that buying Catskill wood products not only supports the local economy, but it also helps the environment. In addition to helping keep forests as forests, wood products are some of the greenest around. A recent U.S. Forest Service publication identified over 20 different peer-reviewed studies showing that over its lifetime, wood was the greenest building material, beating out steel and concrete. Among the findings? Using wood instead of steel or concrete reduces fossil fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, and solid waste.   


Not only does wood make a green building material, it also makes an economical, renewable fuel source. Wood heating continues to grow in popularity. U.S. Census data show wood was the fastest growing residential heating fuel from 2000 to 2010. It also continues to expand its commercial and institutional applications. AuSable Valley Central School District in Essex County and  South Lewis Central School District in Lewis County recently joined a growing list of New York school districts saving money heating with wood chips.   


So this holiday season, whether it's an elegant turned bowl, a rustic carving, a durable table, the framing of a house, or simply the warm glow of a fire, take a moment and enjoy this great, green, renewable resource. And whichever of those items may be on your shopping list, be sure to make Catskill WoodNet your first stop to find exactly the company you're looking for to provide it.   


Season's greetings,


   Joshua VanBrakle

Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist

Watershed Agricultural Council Forestry Program

(607) 865-7790 ext. 112

[email protected] 

2012 Kiln Drying Workshop


2012 Kiln Drying Workshop


SUNY-ESF is once again holding its kiln drying workshop in Syracuse, NY from January 9-12, 2012. This workshop will provide practical knowledge about how wood is effectively kiln dried and the scientific background related to wood properties and drying processes. The instruction and topics will be of interest and great value for novice and experienced kiln operators, as well as yard, sales, purchasing, marketing, and manufacturing managers. University professors and various industry experts will instruct in the classroom and through hands-on lab exercises using a modern kiln.


WAC will reimburse registration fees for Catskill WoodNet members who attend the workshop. If you plan to attend and request reimbursement, please contact Josh VanBrakle in advance. WAC will verify workshop attendance with SUNY-ESF following the workshop prior to sending out reimbursements.


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