June 2023 Edition
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The Wood Innovation Group

Welcome to our monthly newsletter of wood innovation and events happening in BC. We have just migrated over to a new e-mail newsletter platform and are going to be exploring the format to use and would love your feedback.

We are always open to supporting and posting content from our community, so if you have anything to share then send it our way to info@twigbc.ca

Upcoming Events

This is a very brief newsletter, with another one coming soon with more details about our last summer events and fall activities. Our organizers have had a busy end of May and early June so we don't have much to report, but we wanted to stay connected with you.

***Please note that our event at Parker Street Studios has been postponed to a date in July that will be announced in our next newsletter.


July 5th, 6:00 - 8:30
Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 1950 Triumph St

Jumping between the breweries around Main Street and East Van, we meet on the first Wednesday of each month for a mid-week social and networking event. Meet others who work across the various wood-related industries in BC, and connect with friends and colleagues after work. More Info+

Seed Night @ Parker Street

Date TBA for Mid July
101 - 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver

Parker Street Studios has hosted hundreds of artists and woodworkers over the years and is the epicentre of the East Side Culture Crawl. We will be visiting Van Air Design and Whim Woodworks who work in a shared woodshop run by Peter Borkowicz. **More details TBA in the next newsletter

Shape Program

We had a great gathering at Rangate to check in with the participants of the Shape program to see where they are in their process and what ideas they have to present this year at IDS Vancouver. It was the first time the group had met in person as the monthly events have been held online.

In its pilot year, the Shape program supports participants in a journey, from raw material to finished object. TWIG created this program to fill a crucial gap in the wood products industry and the local design markets similar to a technology incubator or accelerator program for wood products. Shape is a cohort-style program and the individuals in the group come from a variety of backgrounds that relate to wood. In this program, participants are challenged to develop an idea that embodies their approach to design, material considerations and regional influences. The program concludes with a presentation of work at IDS Vancouver that showcases each individual, aimed to ignite a conversation around design, forestry and the value of art and creativity. The individuals in this program collectively seek to expand on the products and services they offer, by developing new products that incorporate regional woods.

David Ullock - Druvid
Roberto Chavez - Talento Design
Patrick Wilkie Martim Bohdal - Whim Woodworks
Lenny Rubenovitch - Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co.
Anna Kasko - Kasko Frameworks
Matt Hanns Schroeter - Matt Hanns
Jeramie & Aaron Ellingsen - Folk / Ellingsen Woods
Jake Humphrey - Pacifica Woodwork and Design

Got an idea?

Do you have a concept, product, or prototype that you want to realize? TWIG can work with you to make this happen with financial support through The Wood First Program. Carried out through the Center for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and its team of technical staff, we are able to provide an array of support on various wood-based projects. We already have some projects underway from this past year that will be ready to present in 2022.
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