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American Hardwoods’ Natural Abundance

Exploring the design possibilities of natural hardwood’s diverse palette

For hundreds of years, North American forests have been providing more than 20 species of hardwoods as the perfect material for flooring, furniture, cabinetry and moulding. The stewards of American forests have Mother Nature to thank for the diversity of trees growing in the temperate climates and regions of the United States. However, for reasons of current fashion, custom or convention, many American hardwood species are unexplored or under-used despite their suitability and commercial availability.

Species distribution varies by region and each hardwood species requires a particular set of conditions - specific types of soil and nutrients, and certain amounts of moisture, warmth, sunlight or shade – in which to thrive. That is why American hardwoods typically grow in the Eastern part of the country.

More than half of all American Hardwoods are oak, at 52 percent, growing predominately from New England to Mississippi. And to date, eco-inspired designs have utilized hardwoods as a natural, renewable resource well. But American hardwood forests have also provided many other species suitable for cabinetry, flooring, millwork and furniture.

Designers and specifiers are unduly limiting their repertoire by overlooking the wealth of hardwood possibilities. This chart outlines the most abundant American hardwood species available. When you’re planning your next project, think fresh; choose with confidence and consider how you can take advantage of the entire palette of species and make the most of the next generation of American hardwoods.


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American Hardwood Information Center14 hours ago
Decorative millwork can turn bland interiors into memorable spaces. Minnesota-based architect Meriwether Felt installed stained cherry mouldings, trims, and casings in a master bath renovation. “The stained wood warms up the bathroom and provides richness,” he says. “The client asked for a luxurious, yet elegant feeling, and cherry fit the bill perfectly”

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15 hours ago
#DYK that half the dry weight of a tree is stored carbon and that carbon is stored throughout the life of the tree and any products made from it.

The resolute desk, made from oak, has been a carbon vault since 1880!
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NAFO Forests @NAFO_Forests
Half the dry weight of wood is atmospheric carbon. That includes the resolute desk! When we build with wood, we support working forests, and we create carbon vaults that lock away carbon for the life of the product.

This desk has been holding its carbon since 1880! #Woodisgood

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