June 19th (3rd Thursday)
This month's presentation
We will meet at an outdoor location, so to take advantage of daylight we will start at 6:30.
We will meet at the lumber mill of P.A.L. Foundation (www.recycletrees.org/). Our host will be the founder, Marcus von Skepsgardh. Most wood we deal with as woodworkers comes from a forest somewhere but the wood that PAL mills is from urban/suburban trees that would otherwise end up as firewood or in the sanitary land fill or dump. Using a big truck equipped with a boom, Marcus collects huge trunks and takes them to his Oakland facility for milling, drying and in some cases turned into flooring boards. We will get a tour of this facility and all operations of the organization. There is no meeting room on site so be prepared (not sandals) to walk around this industrial/mill site. In the formative days of this work Marcus secured some grants, including the one that allowed him to buy the boom truck, from the funding involved in the new solid waste laws in California. That is because his work prevents large quantities of wood (waste) from reaching the dumps. His dried and milled wood is for sale and he has many interesting species. This will be one of our shortest meetings in quite a while as there is no indoor meeting room so when the tour is over - before dark - we can either break up or find a restaurant. If a nearby place can be found to meet from say 8:45 to 9:45 it will be announced at the meeting.
(In case you're confused, PAL is not associated with the PALS lumberyard --- despite having a very similar name, a similar concern for the ecosystem, and being located near two of the PALS lumberyards.)
[Caution from Jamie... This place is easy to get to -- if you know where it is. If you attempt to find it by hunting, you may have trouble -- I certainly did. This area of Emeryville and Oakland is cut up by railroads and freeways. Sometimes you just can't get there from here, or even figure out where there is. So pay attention to the driving directions which PAL has provided!]
From Downtown Oakland: