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Bill Esler’s Preview of NeoCon Lecture – Global Forestry 101

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Grace Jeffers, a design expert and wood products research specialist, details endangered and non-legal wood species, including Lacey Act protections, in a June 13 presentation at 11:00 a.m. at NeoCon 2016 in Chicago.

New legislation worldwide is cracking down on the purchase and export of threatened, endangered, and illegally sourced wood. Not knowing the facts and legal issues could cause unexpected liabilities for designers, specifiers, and for wood manufacturing firms anywhere along the supply chain.
Jeffers will examine the relationship between wood products, and the forests from which they come, and provide key information resources that will help you rapidly identify threatened and endangered species, and at-risk environments.
In this one-hour session attendees will learn to navigate through tricky territory with confidence, getting the tools to protect clients and their own businessess, as well as to protect our natural resources. Jeffers will also provide options for providing clients the very finest alternatives, latest products, and best design ideas available.
Jeffers has spent several years research the status of endanger tree species. Her wide-ranging presentation will also examine the relationship between individual trees and the forests in which they live. She will also delve into the global registries, such as Cites, used by regulatory agencies around the world, and as reference points for legislation.
Based in New York City, Jeffers lectures frequently on design at colleges and consults for high end clients like Wilsonart and MeadWestvaco. She was part of the creative team that rebranded, revitalized and repopularized the Airstream travel trailers.
More than 40,000 are expected at the commercial furniture and design show, which runs June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart.
About Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network
Bill is responsible for overall content at, FDMC and Closets magazines and related publications and newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto, WoodPro Expo in Baltimore, and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He develops audience engagement programs using social media, digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites and digital/print content.

Manmade Natural Lecture in Overdrive for April 2016

YoureInvitedApril is a very busy month on The Manmade Natural lecture circuit with visits to Chicago, New York and Washington DC. Since IIDEX in December 2015 we’ve been busy with this lecture in the College for Creative Studies, Detroit and KBIS 2016, Las Vegas.

We start on April 18th at Coverings 2016 in Chicago, then on April 26th we are presenting on Madison Avenue, New York before finishing up in Washington DC on April 28th.

Please note that 0.1 IDCEC CEU and AIA LU 1.0 will be provided for attending this course. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Coverings 2016 Manmade Natural Article

grace-jeffers-KBIS NOLAN CROPFor designers interested in ethical alternatives to natural material sources please read this overview article of my Manmade Natural Lecture on The Coverings 2016 blog.

Truth to materials is a principle of modern design that holds that the innate qualities of natural materials should influence the projects created from them, and the doctrine assumes natural materials are superior to man-made materials. But are natural materials always the best choice? Go to article… 

Man-Made Natural – ASID Highpoint Lecture

In the world of materials, “real” is good and “fake” is bad, right? In the age of tree plantations, engineered lumber, and bio board, what exactly does “natural” mean now? And are natural materials always a better choice than manufactured ones? This session explores these and other issues that influence our decision to choose natural or synthetic materials. Attendees will learn surprising truths about materials and confront their preconceptions to become more educated specifiers.