Typically, one of the highlights of APP Conferences has always been Western Wood Preservers Institute’s (WWPI) grand prize draw of a model replica of the historic Lady Washington. The model of the 90-ton sloop, refitted as a brigatine and named in honor of Martha Washington, represents a significant piece of America’s maritime history. While we might not have our conference, the APP was very pleased to learn that the WWPI was still eager to hold the draw!
Simply complete the form below and include at least two (2) and up to five (5) high-quality digital photos of a wood project at your home, office, or port. Entries must be received by September 4, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed by the WWPI selection committee and the winner will be announced on September 18. The prize — valued at over $600, includes packaging and shipping.
About the WWPI
Preservative-treated wood products are an essential resource for maritime infrastructure. Preserved wood pilings, timbers and docks provide durable structures that can stand up to the rigors of an aquatic environment.
For those interested in using preserved wood products, Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI) has a host of resources to answer questions. A key resource is the Preserved Wood Technical Library at www.PreservedWood.org. The library features various fact sheets on preservatives, field treating and fasteners; Best Management Practices for production and specifiers; and an online Environmental Assessment Modelling Tool for aquatic environments.
Best management practices, or BMPs, minimize preservative migration into the environment and wood products treated to BMP standards are designed to be utilized in sensitive aquatic environments. The Specifiers Guide – Best Management Practices manual offers guidance to help users properly select, specify and install preservative-treated wood products in aquatic and sensitive environments.
The Environmental Assessment Modelling Tool, which is hosted online by Oregon State University, is the perfect resource to determine the correct preservative for specific projects. The conditions at the site can be entered into the model, which then can determine any potential environmental impact. The model is recognized by NOAA, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Park Service and other federal, state and local agencies.
WWPI represents the wood treating industry in western North America and provides regulatory, technical and market outreach services supporting preserved wood products.
Annual Preserved Wood in Aquatic Uses Award
If you are not selected as a winner you can still win a Lady Washington model ship through the annual Preserved Wood in Aquatic Uses Awards program.
Projects must prominently feature preserved wood and entries must include 5-10 high quality digital photos. Entry forms and other information on the awards are available at https://wwpi.info/AquaticAwards.
About the Lady Washington
Captained by Robert Gray, and John Kendrick, the Lady Washington left Boston Harbor on October 1, 1787 as part of the Columbia Expedition. She was the first American-flagged vessel to round Cape Horn and the first recorded vessel to make landfall on the Oregon coast near Tillamook. In addition to possibly being the first non-native vessel to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, the Lady Washington has the distinction of being the first American vessel to reach ports in Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan.
Participating in the fur trade with coastal Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, in the tea and porcelain trade across the Pacific in China, and credited with opening up the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and Asia, the Lady Washington remained in the Pacific trade for over a decade before eventually foundering at the mouth of the Mestizo River in the Philippines in July 1797.