American Hardwoods
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Environmentally friendly treatment methods are making hardwood an excellent material for outdoor applications. And now ash, poplar, maple, and other thermally modified hardwoods are performing just as well, if not better than cedar, popular imported species, and composite materials for siding, decking, trim and flooring.

Successfully used in Europe since the 1980s, thermal modification is a non-toxic process that simply "cooks" wood in heat. During the process, oxygen is removed from the oven to prevent the wood from burning, and very high heat—in excess of 400 degrees Fahrenheit— drastically reduces the wood's moisture content and limits its ability to absorb moisture. What results?

  • A naturally durable wood that is permanently resistant to water, insects, and decay.
  • Products that are more dimensionally stable—making them less prone to cupping, warping, expansion, and contraction with changes in humidity.

Through the thermal modification process, a rich chocolate color results, highlighting the wood's natural beauty and providing a luxurious look. But like any other wood, if not sealed, exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays will cause the modified hardwood to weather to a shade of gray. To prevent graying, a UV-inhibitor should be applied. And because the product is resistant to water, oil-based sealants and finishes work best.

Thermally modified hardwood is a natural and healthy alternative to chemically preserved, pressure-treated wood. Visit to learn more.



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American Hardwood Information Center

The American Hardwood Information Center (AHIC), located at, provides advice from industry experts on decorating, care and maintenance, design trends, as well as flooring, cabinetry, furniture and millwork product information and specifications, to assist with building material selection for both residential and commercial applications. Step into the world of American Hardwoods and understand why products made from this sustainable and exceptionally beautiful material have been treasured for generations.
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As with all Akron Street flatpack kits, the solid oak pieces of the Ko Desk are cut using computer-controlled machinery, which ensures precisely calibrated end products—and no problems fitting them together at home. And yet the elegantly proportioned, thoughtfully detailed desk has the look and feel of handcrafted furniture, a quality that will only grow stronger as the durable wood ages beautifully over time. An equally well-considered design also crafted in solid white oak, the Concorde Chair is a stylish take on the traditional wood chair but executed with a fine-boned refinement that’s totally modern.

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The Case Console is a sleek and compact storage solution. Comprising an American white oak cabinet sitting on a blackened steel base, the handsome unit features deep drawers and adjustable open shelves.

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