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Industry perspectives from the professional specifier.

American Hardwoods–so much more than a Pretty Face

What an eye-opener – the number of “life essential” products that rely on wood fiber! Tragic that it has taken a pandemic to broaden the horizons of the American consumer on what the forest products industry knows as a matter of fact … “Wood and paper products meet...

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A unique approach to furniture making with Red Oak

“In the summer of 2019, ten leaders of London’s cultural institutions collaborated with some of Europe’s most exciting designers to create a ‘legacy’ piece to pass on to a family member, or the institution they lead.” Inspired by the needs of each individual...

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New York design influencers & the ‘inside scoop’

​Looking to turn mundane into fresh and contemporary? Take your lead from design consultant Wendy Silverstein, and her New York crew of design influencers. The go-to material in their projects is all natural American Hardwood, in plentiful supply and simply gorgeous!...

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The USDA’s Wood Product and Carbon Connection

The U.S. Forest Service has issued this important message: “The atmosphere is a critical part of what makes Earth livable. Every product we choose has a carbon consequence. So, when people use wood-based products, in place of fossil fuel-intensive products like steel,...

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The Color(s) of 2020

Paint manufacturers and color giant Pantone have announced their favorite hues for 2020. As you will see, the recommendations are all over the board - bold and pastel. “Creating a space in which people feel good about living and working,” appears to be the bottom line...

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If ever there were a lover of Wood …

It was George Nakashima (1905-1990), American woodworker, architect and furniture maker. Born in Spokane, Washington and formally educated at the University of Washington and then at M.I.T., Nakashima is “recognized as one of America’s most eminent furniture...

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A menacing ‘Imitator’ of American Hardwood

​American Hardwood as a flooring material has yet another imitator to contend with – Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). The man-made plastic can definitely be made to imitate the look of hardwood, but here’s the reality, LVT lacks the substance and wholesome goodness that only...

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Thermally Modified Hardwood in Spain

Under the auspices of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the new Kālida Sant Pau building, a care center for cancer patients in Barcelona, is showcasing the use of thermally modified Tulipwood in its outdoor pergola and trellised façade.Designed by architect...

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How “tough” is Cross Laminated Timber?

Just ask the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). Their researchers have been studying softwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) “from many angles, including fire performance, use in earthquake-prone regions, and the effects of moisture on CLT.In 2016,...

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“Making red oak more red?”

American Red Oak is a dominant species in the eastern U.S. hardwood forests. Despite its name – which comes from the color of its leaves in the fall – its sapwood is white to light brown and its heartwood is a pinkish-reddish brown. Its grain is distinctive. It...

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