A Moral Imperative
This thoughtfully condensed one-hour course provides participants with powerful new perspective on when, how and why to employ wood in their projects. We’re very open about our end-game in teaching this course: We want to see more local, Canadian, well-engineered woods specified in traditional and non-traditional uses — because the case for doing so is overwhelming. In addition to carbon sequestration, wood offers immense direct benefits to human health, and designers of all stripes are picking up on cultural best practices. Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practise of forest bathing, acknowledges that forests improve our moods, reduce stress and improve the potency of our immune system’s “natural killer” cells. Natural wooden rooms are in every middle and upperclass Japanese home, and just about every Finnish home in the form of a sauna.
This course will also cover what exactly wood is and the key differences between types, as well as how best to use it outdoors (modified, pressure treated, natural) to ensure it is able to dry and stay strong as long as possible. An optional 20-minute Q&A at the end is available for participants to ask detailed questions about their projects.
About the Instructor
Yuill McGregor is one of Canada's foremost authorities on wood and the Founder & President of North on Sixty — a Toronto-based builder (R-2000, 1988). Yuill’s passion for wood began at age four, when he was given a set of Maple building blocks from his grandmother. He’s been building things ever since. Yuill’s expertise on the subject of wood — from forestry through to building applications — is matched only by his passion for sharing that knowledge.
His company, North on Sixty, takes on ambitious building projects of all types — most employing the unmatched aesthetic and performance characteristics that only his favourite building material can offer.
Participants will receive a certificate for one learning hour that can be submitted to the OAA, LOA or ARIDO for a continuing education credit.
Free for OAA member companies
North on Sixty will provide all training materials, as well as Fair Trade maple crystal milk chocolate bars. Host to provide refreshments, if desired.