Staff

Executive Director – Bucky Black

Bucky Black

Bucky Black is the president of Resource Wood Inc., a company dedicated to zero waste, where unwanted logs are converted into premium wood products, works of art and architecture. Bucky’s “zero waste” mentality grew from his early career as a “chef to the stars”, where he worked diligently to create the best possible culinary experience for Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr., Quincy Jones, David Cooperfield, and other luminaries – without any “garbage”.

With commercial and residential installations throughout the southeastern United States, Resource Wood, Inc. has begun to turn its attention to the creation of value from low quality wood waste. As the community outreach partner to Appalachian State University, Black has helped bring top awards to research biomass waste utilization for combined heat and power. Black’s latest project is the Renewable Resource Innovative Design Group Enterprise (RRidge), a group dedicated to ending pollution by building local economies and products via resources traditionally viewed as “waste”.

bucky [at] rridge.net

Associate Director – Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal

A Renewable-Energy-Geek with a bachelor’s in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Jeff has completed graduate courses in computer science and appropriate technology. Immersing himself in the Information Technology industry for the last 15 years, Jeff has worked as a computer programmer (C/C++, JAVA, PHP, UNIX shell scripting), Relational Database administrator (Sybase, Oracle, MySQL, and DB2), and UNIX Systems Engineer (AIX, Solaris, and Linux). His renewable energy interests include energy efficiency, photovoltaics, wind energy, micro hydroelectric, solar-thermal design, waste stream biomass and sustainable transportation. Jeff currently serves as an Information Technology Consultant for Appalachian Voices, where, among other things, he worked on the iLoveMountains.org development team. Jeff is currently a Senior Project Manager with AIRE – working to scale community renewable energy development through research, education and innovative public-private finance partnerships.

jeff [at] rridge.net

Director of Programs – Craig Peters

Craig Peters is currently Owner and Craftsman of Diversified Woodworks for the last eighteen years. His past experience is as a green builder in the late 70’s, energy consultant (including solid fuels and solar) for Earth Power Inc. in the early 80’s, and a journeyman union cabinetmaker in the late 80’s. His current interests include alternative building and fuels, permaculture gardening, cradle to cradle resource usage, and Arts and Crafts (Japanese)woodworking and restoration.

craig [at] rridge.net

Advisory Board

Chairman of the Board – Bucky Black

Bucky Black

Bucky Black is the president of Resource Wood Inc., a company dedicated to zero waste, where unwanted logs are converted into premium wood products, works of art and architecture. Bucky’s “zero waste” mentality grew from his early career as a “chef to the stars”, where he worked diligently to create the best possible culinary experience for Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr., Quincy Jones, David Cooperfield, and other luminaries – without any “garbage”.

With commercial and residential installations throughout the southeastern United States, Resource Wood, Inc. has begun to turn its attention to the creation of value from low quality wood waste. As the community outreach partner to Appalachian State University, Black has helped bring top awards to research biomass waste utilization for combined heat and power. Black’s latest project is the Renewable Resource Innovative Design Group Enterprise (RRidge), a group dedicated to ending pollution by building local economies and products via resources traditionally viewed as “waste”.

bucky [at] rridge.net

Board Member – Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal

A Renewable-Energy-Geek with a bachelor’s in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Jeff has completed graduate courses in computer science and appropriate technology. Immersing himself in the Information Technology industry for the last 15 years, Jeff has worked as a computer programmer (C/C++, JAVA, PHP, UNIX shell scripting), Relational Database administrator (Sybase, Oracle, MySQL, and DB2), and UNIX Systems Engineer (AIX, Solaris, and Linux). His renewable energy interests include energy efficiency, photovoltaics, wind energy, micro hydroelectric, solar-thermal design, waste stream biomass and sustainable transportation. Jeff currently serves as an Information Technology Consultant for Appalachian Voices, where, among other things, he worked on the iLoveMountains.org development team. Jeff is currently a Senior Project Manager with AIRE – working to scale community renewable energy development through research, education and innovative public-private finance partnerships.

jeff [at] rridge.net

Board Member – David Domermuth

David Domermuth

Dr. David Domermuth is in his seventh year of conducting research in the renewable energy field. He spent the first two years working with ocean thermal resulting in a funded grant and an accepted peer reviewed paper. He is now in his fifth year of research on the conversion of biomass to useful products via pyrolosis. Domermuth has been the PI on two EPA grants, totaling $85,000. And a $45,000 grant from NC dept. of Agriculture and Forestry. This work includes agricultural aspects of biochar, heat, and power. Dr. Domermuth has three degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His primary teaching areas are Material Science, Manufacturing, and Systems. He is part of the Industrial Design program area and spends half his time teaching and helping students with product design.

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Board Member – Harry Watt

Harry Watt

Harry Watt is a Wood Products Specialist serving North Carolina for North Carolina State University. He is an adviser that helps on wood processing issues and wood stove designs. Harry lives in Iredell County and has been assisting wood processing operations working for NCSU since 2005.

info [at] rridge.net