Deadwood technology aims to revolutionize North American forestry

By Russell Hixson
Journal of Commerce
August 17, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

In 1974 B.C. sawmill pioneer Conrad Miller saw a damaged two-by-four piece of lumber that had been run over by a log loader. Be remarked to his son Jerry that there just had to be a way to piece it back together and sell it. Decades later, his grandson, Owen Miller, never forgot this dream and is working on making it a reality. “That’s really where this whole thing started,” said Miller. His father and grandfather worked on the concept but it wasn’t until 2019 that Miller decided to go all-in to try to make it happen. Miller’s company, Deadwood Innovations, utilizes mechanical and chemical technology to essentially deconstruct wood and put it back together. This is especially useful for less desirable wood. …Target feedstocks include underutilized species like aspen and northern hardwoods that normally don’t have uses that make economic sense. …Miller hopes their new approach can shake up the forestry sector.

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