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Peters, James S.

Ph.D. (Forest Resources with a concentration
in Building Materials and Wood Technology )


Materiality and Location: A Geographic Study of Log Home Manufacturing


email: ; telephone: 860-967-4328


Teaching Associate


UMASS Dissertation Support grant

Faculty Advisor:

David Damery and Peggi Clouston

Project abstract:

     The environmental benefits of “massive wood” building methods are driving new interest in log-built housing and its traditions. For example, research from Finland’s National Modern Wooden Town project and other sources suggests that our log-building heritage provides a basis for sustainable housing and town planning in the form of wooden urban villages.

     Cultural geographers have established the fact that log conversion attributes can be used to identify the log building cultures responsible for 16th, 17th, and 18th Century North American log construction. This project investigates whether log conversion attributes can identify contemporary building cultures.  Do log conversion attributes correspond to differences in log home manufacturers’: a) requirements for materials performance, b) perspectives on environmental issues, or c) regional and cultural influences?


Peters, James S. 2008. “Back to the Future: The New Wooden Urban Village.” Eastern Canada – United States (ECANUSA) Forest Science Conference Proceedings. October 17-18, 2008, University of Maine, Orono.

Peters, James S. 2008. “Log building in eastern temperate forests: a regionalization based on tree species utilization.” Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering. June 2-5, 2008, Miyazaki, Japan.

Peters, James S. and Richard W. Wilkie. 2008. “Geographic Knowledge and Spatial Representation Project.” Association of American Geographers 2008 Annual Meeting, April 15-19, 2008, Boston, Massachusetts.

Peters, James S. and Richard W. Wilkie. 2007. “Geographic Knowledge and Spatial Representation Project.” AAG’s NESTVAL 2007 Conference, Nov. 2-3, 2007, New Haven, CT.

Peters, James S. 2006. “Finnish wooden towns: urban design in wood.“ Proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering. August 6-10, 2006, Portland, OR.

Peters, James S., David T. Damery, and Peggi Clouston. 2006. “A Decade of Innovation in Particleboard and Composite Materials: a content analysis of Washington State University’s International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium Proceedings” Journal of Forest Products Business Research 3(1), viewed at: on February 2, 2006.

Damery, David T. and James S. Peters. 2005. “Ecosystem Management Through Improved Forest Products Marketing”, Biographies and Abstracts, Forest Products Society 59th International Convention, June 19-22, 2005, Quebec City, QC, Canada p. 11.

Peters, James S., David T. Damery, and Peggi Clouston. 2004. “Residential timber framing as a “value–added” approach to private non-industrial forest ownership”, Proceedings 8th World Conference on Timber Engineering, June 14-17, 2004, Lahti, Finland, pp. 167-170.

Peters, James S., David T. Damery and Peggi Clouston. 2003. “A Decade of Technology Innovation in Particleboard and Composite Materials”. June, 2003. Abstracts. Forest Products Society, 57th Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA. P. 18.

Updated: March 6, 2013