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Setting the Tone for Success

AHC Hardwood Group is proud to contribute another project to this award winning magazine, highlighting the use of exotic lumber in a unique setting. AHC Import Lumber provided the hardwood lumber free of charge.

This is a sneak peak of our article as it appears in the 2018 edition of the International Wood Magazine...

When  walking  into  the  front  lobby  of  the  Cristo  Rey  Jesuit  High  School  in  Atlanta,  Georgia,  you  are  immediately  struck  by  a  lobby  that  perfectly  balances  sophistication  with  an  open  welcoming  atmosphere.  The  lobby  is  part  of  a  much  larger  capital  campaign  that  allowed  Cristo  Rey  to  expand  by  renovating  a  former  Oxford  Industries  building.  Much  like  the  school’s  approach  to  its  education  priorities,  the  renovation  breathed  life  into  a  building  that  no  one  was  sure  what  to  do  with  and  made  it  shine.

Cristo  Rey  is  no  ordinary  Catholic  school.  It  offers  a  very  unique  high  school  education  experience,  giving  Atlanta’s  economically  disadvantaged  students  a  way  to  prepare  for  college,  the  workforce,  and  life.  Cristo  Rey’s  unique  program  offers  students  a  college  preparatory  curriculum,  but  this  intensive  program  doesn’t  come  free.  “When  all  of  our  students  come  here  to  register  for  school,  we  also  register  them  as  our  employees,”  explains  Bill  Garrett,  President  of  Cristo  Rey.  Students  attend  classes  while  also  working  for  one  of  the  school’s  corporate  partners,  earning  a  large  portion  of  their  tuition.  Parents  are  also  expected  to  chip  in,  on  a  sliding  scale.  “Two-thirds  of  our  operating  budget  is  provided  by  students  working  with  our  corporate  partners,”  explains  Camille  Naughton,  Vice  President  of  Advancement  and  Corporate  Partnerships.  The  remainder  of  the  costs  are  covered  by  parent  contributions  and  philanthropy. 

The  lobby  of  their  new  education  building  was  an  important  design  element.  The  lobby  needed  to  set  the  tone  of  success  for  the  school,”  Naughton  explained.  “We  are very  pleased  with  the  design. The  lobby  needed  to  be  sophisticated,  polished,  and  professional  while  also  giving  being  warm  and  inviting  and  I  feel  that’s  exactly  what  was  achieved.”  She  continued,  “What  an  amazing  gift  AHC  Hardwood  Group  has  given  us.”  AHC  Hardwood  Group  frequently  donates  wood  for  non-profit  community  projects.  Chief  Executive  Officer  Jim  Howard  feels  strongly  about  giving  back.  “As  a  company,  it’s  important  that  we  support  programs  in  our  local  communities”.  He  explained,  “By  donating  exquisite  hardwoods  for  community  projects,  we  are  able  to  provide  high  quality  environmental  and  architecturally  interesting  building  products,  showcasing  the  warmth  and  versatility  of  wood,  and  help  support  the  community.”

Details,  a  local  corporate  interior  design  firm,  proposed  a  high  visibility  wood  treatment  for  the  lobby.  AHC  Hardwood  worked  with  Details  Owner  and  Designer  Jillian  Carr  Mitchell  to  select  the  perfect  wood.  “With  over  45  wood  species  to  choose  from,  we  worked  to  find  the  right  combination  of  look  and  function  for  the  project,”  explained  Stewart  Sexton,  Import  Lumber  Senior  Product  Specialist  for  AHC  Hardwood  Group.  “We  chose  White  Limba  for  its  clean  lines  and  contemporary  feel.”  The  design  plan  called  for  a  wood  with  straight  grain,  consistent  color,  and  a  modern  look  overall.  The  golden  colored  sapwood  also  coordinated  well  with  the  anigre  furniture  used  in  the  space.  “We  are  really  pleased  with  how  the  wood  wall  project  came  out,”  said  Naughton.  “When  people  come  into  the  lobby,  they  are  immediately  drawn  to  the  wall.  Many  even  reach  out  and  touch  it.”

The  lobby  is  just  the  start  of  the  variety  of  ways  that  Cristo  Rey  sets  the  tone  for  success.  With  their  first  graduating  class  leaving  for  college  in  2018  with  a  100%  acceptance  rate  and  over  $12.8  million  in  financial  aid  and  scholarships,  Cristo  Rey  Atlanta  is  well  on  its  way  to  leaving  their  mark.  

Cristo  Rey  Atlanta  thanks  the  2018/19  corporate  sponsors  for  their  continued  participation  and  support.  The  Cristo  Rey  Network  is  comprised  of  32  high  schools  that  serve  over  11,000  young  people  from  low-income  backgrounds,  living  in  urban  communities  with  limited  educational  options.  If  you  would  like  to  learn  more  about  the  Cristo  Rey  Jesuit  High  School  in  Atlanta,  visit  their  website.

European Antique Pine Warehouse & Custom Barn Doors

A Customer Highlight

Anyone who’s flipped through a design magazine or turned on HGTV in the past several years has seen plenty of barn doors. Who hasn’t coveted those space-saving, sliding interior doors that can make a temporary wall or hide a TV, all while giving a home a bit of rustic glamour? If you live near Atlanta and have wondered who could make such a thing for you or your clients, the answer is Michael Griffin.

Griffin didn’t start out building barn doors, though. He originally founded European Antique Pine Warehouse in the mid 1980s to sell his handmade antiqued pine furniture. For decades, he and his team of craftsmen have taken no short cuts, creating quality custom furniture the way it’s been done for centuries. Old world building techniques such as dovetailed joints, carved embellishments, individual turned legs, and hand polished finishes come standard. European Antique Pine Warehouse has been an Atlanta Hardwood customer for over 20 years, buying mostly pine but also poplar, birch plywood, and a little bit of oak and soft maple. Working with hand planers and saws to give pieces an antique look, they create any kind of custom furniture a customer can dream up, from dining tables to Murphy beds to vanities to kitchen cabinets and beyond. One hugely popular part of their custom business is sliding barn doors, which they create for both residential and commercial projects. Griffin’s team not only builds the wooden doors, but also fabricates the iron mechanisms on which they move.


If you’d like to include barn doors or custom furniture in your next project, you can find an estimated price list on the website. Michael Griffin and European Antique Pine Warehouse have decades of experience working with home owners, business owners, architects, and designers to create exactly what a space needs.

The company began with two little stores, one in Vinings, GA, and one on Bennet Street in Buckhead in Atlanta, but as demand for their custom furniture grew by leaps and bounds, they closed up their brick and mortar shop in 2015 to focus on the custom business. Potential customers looking for instant gratification need not give up hope, however; European Antique Pine Warehouse has a permanent booth at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Cumming, GA, where they always have furniture available for purchase. 

Check out European Antique Pine Warehouse’s website for a list of current inventory. 

Read more about Eastern White Pine here.


President, Hal Mitchell Contributes Article on Thermally Modified Lumber to Hardwood Floors Magazine



What is Thermally Modified Lumber?

By Hal Mitchell

It’s not often that we see a revolutionary new process in the lumber industry. New developments in thermal modification may well be one of these processes.
The idea is relatively simple: heat lumber to above 320° F in a low-oxygen atmosphere to produce chemical and physical changes in the wood’s cellular structure. The heat treatment results in improved durability and increased dimensional stability. The improved stability allows for a superior flooring performance where minimizing movement is important.

Thermally modified lumber (TML) has been widely accepted in Europe for decades and is finally making its way to North American industrial production. While the treatment concept is relatively simple, the technology is complex and costly. Also, there is little history of treatment schedules (recipes) for most North American species. Each species and thickness requires a unique treatment temperature and duration to achieve proper modification levels. Entry barriers, lengthy learning curves, and lack of production standardization have kept American production relatively low.

There are two basic treatment systems: open and closed. Open systems use atmospheric pressure or a vacuum during treatment, while closed systems operate under high pressure. Open systems require drying the wood to nearly zero percent moisture content during the treatment phase to reach temperatures above 212° F. Open systems comprise most of the worldwide production. Closed systems require high pressure often above 100 psi. This allows for the material to retain moisture during treatment, which results in less shrinkage stress and lower degrade. Closed system cycle times are much faster, but the throughput is typically lower. Additionally, closed systems may not require as much heat to provide sufficient modification levels.

The treatment process uses only heat and steam, so it is completely “green” with no introduced chemicals. During treatment, the wood undergoes both physical and chemical changes. Some sugars are “burned” away (decomposed), leading to a reduction in food source for decay fungi. Wood color is changed through its cross-section to a darker color resembling walnut or tropical imports. The energy input also develops a much more stable product. Bond sites on cell walls provide for dimensional movement in wood as they attract and release water molecules with environmental changes.

One theory on the increased dimensional stability of thermally modified woods is that during the thermal modification process, enough energy is introduced to crosslink these sites and limit the woods ability to absorb water. Thermal treatment significantly reduces the available bond sites for water molecules, so dimensional stability is improved. Research indicates that dimensional movements due to moisture uptake can be reduced 50-90 percent (Jamsa and Viitaniemi, 2001).

Thermal modification reduces many of the mechanical properties of wood. Increased brittleness and decreased strength occur with bending strength reductions of 30 percent or more depending on treatment intensity (Kubojima et al., 2000). Hardness decrease is relatively limited at approximately 3 percent, but can vary tremendously by treatment levels. A “burnt” odor is produced during the process and can remain present in the wood. The unpleasant smell results largely from furfural production and can be limited if a vacuum is pulled during the final production phase. The odor will dissipate over time and can be negated once sealed.

The stability enhancement can allow wood products to be used in new and improved applications including flooring. Treatment will limit the dimensional change of wide plank flooring. This idea is often used by European plank flooring manufacturers when decay is not an issue as the dimensional stability can be greatly enhanced without reaching full modification and color change. Where stability is extremely important, such as basement or porch flooring, thermal modification will provide significant performance improvement. Of course, no wood product is 100 percent stable, so often micro-beveled edges are used in areas subject to large humidity changes. Moisture content is lowered in treated wood. Typically, thermally modified wood is dried to 4.5-6 percent. Lower moisture content is a good attribute when lightweight installation is needed such as garage doors and shutters.

Current markets, particularly in Europe, consist heavily of three products: cladding, decking, and flooring. Softwoods comprise the majority of the worldwide production, but hardwoods are gaining popularity. Historically, untreated American hardwoods could not be used in cladding or decking, but with the thermal treatment process, they perform well.

TML characteristics are similar to the untreated species characteristics. After treatment, finish quality often improves, grain patterns remain the same, and the sapwood and heartwood often become difficult to distinguish. Increased brittleness requires sharp tooling and often eased or beveled edges are preferred due to chipping. The material glues well with non-water based adhesives.

Stainless steel fasteners are often necessary for installation. Flooring installation requires extra caution with the degree of brittleness. Brittleness is dependent on treatment level and species, tongue breakage is a concern.

Finishing typically requires oil-based products, but there are specially formulated water-based products that are becoming popular as well. The wood oxidizes (grays) quickly to a silver patina unless treated with a UV inhibitor. While the finish life is improved due to increased wood stability, the UV inhibitors will typically need to be reapplied annually in areas with direct UV contact.

North America currently lacks the support of a thermally modified wood industry association to promote increased production and utilization of thermally modified wood; however, the American Wood Production Association (AWPA) is working to provide standardization. To ensure that TML manufacturers are properly treating their material and not overstating the performance properties, there will need to be a collaborative effort to provide user standards. Mechanical and durability tests will need to be performed on the North American species; some of this work is currently underway by the University of Minnesota Duluth at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). Product quality can vary due to initial lumber quality, treatment recipes, and kiln types. It will be imperative that specifiers, installers, and consumers are educated on proper installation techniques and performance expectations to prevent market failure and “overselling” of performance capabilities.

We have a unique opportunity to create new and improved uses for North American lumber through the thermal modification process. This opportunity is rare in our industry, and we must be diligent to ensure manufacturers and customers have realistic expectations of the TML.


Hal Mitchell is President of Atlanta Hardwood Corporation based in Mableton, Georgia. He has been with the AHC Hardwood Group since 1999 and has a Master of Science Degree in Forest Products Marketing and Management from Virginia Tech. AHC operates a closed-system thermal modification plant in Cleveland, Georgia. He can be reached at 404.792.2290 or by email.

Jamsa, S., Viitaniemi P., 2001. Heat Treatment of Wood Better Durability Without Chemicals. In: Rapp, A.O., Review On Heat Treatments of Wood. Cost Action E22. Proceedings of Special Seminar, Antibes, France, pp. 17-21.

Kubojima, Y., Okano, T., Ohta, M., 2000. Bending Strength and Toughness of Heat-Treated Wood. Journal of Wood Science 46, pp. 8-15.

View Article in Hardwood Floors Magazine.


Scientists Make Wood 11.5 Times Stronger

Wood as Strong as Steel.

A study published in the February 8, 2018 issue of Nature describes a new method for densifying wood that increases its strength more than tenfold, making wood as strong as steel.

Natural wood has long been a popular choice for building applications due to its light weight, low cost, and abundance. For some applications, however, it compares unfavorably to steel and alloys, which are stronger, denser, tougher, and more dimensionally stable, particularly in humid environments, where natural wood can warp. This new process, described by Song et al. in a recent issue of Nature, makes various species of wood dense, strong, and humidity-resistant enough to be competitive with metal and alloys.
At the microscopic level, natural wood is made up of parallel tube-shaped cells whose walls are made of cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose. Researchers boiled wood blocks in a solution of sodium sulfite and sodium hydroxide for seven hours, which left most of the cellulose intact, but removed about half of the lignin and hemicellulose, leaving more hollow space in the wood. Next, they pressed the blocks for a day at 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) with fifty times the pressure present in the atmosphere at sea-level to collapse the cell walls, crushing the cellulose tubes and causing them to interlock. The cellulose’s nanofibers all ended up aligned in the direction of growth, a factor the researchers credit with increased strength.
The resulting wood was one-fifth as thick, three times as dense, and eleven and a half times as strong. The condensed wood also displayed minimal warping when confronted with humidity.

Researchers have been densifying wood by various processes for decades, but previous attempts resulted in wood that was only three or four times stronger than natural wood. Song et al. believe the removal of lignin and hemicellulose is what led to their giant leap forward in strength.
Scientists tested the pressed wood’s toughness by shooting it with pellets from a ballistic air gun. A piece of the pressed wood just 1/10” thick—five layers laminated together—was able to stop a 1.6 oz steel bullet traveling 66mph.
This new condensed wood is an equally strong but lighter weight alternative to steel or alloys that also has the advantage of being eco-friendly. While the mining of steel and other metals is damaging to the environment, wood is a sustainable, renewable resource. This pressed wood could replace steel or alloys in buildings and bridges, and could be used to make lighter weight, more fuel-efficient cars.

Special Thanks: This summary is original text, however it is a summary of an article in Nature Magazine.

J. Song et al. Processing bulk natural wood into a high-performance structural material. Nature. Vol. 554, February 8, 2018, p. 224. doi: 10.1038/nature25476.



2018 Color Trends Make Bold Statements


Interior Design Trends

For 2018, color trends have embraced both bold high impact colors, as well as calm, soothing colors. With both warm and cool colors, these are sure to be included in both residential and commercial design for this year. The main lines of the painting and color trends create an atmosphere in line with our lifestyle and the 2018 are meant to make that statement.

Shades of Blue-Green Are Everywhere.

Three top paint brands all anointed shades of bluish green as the defining color for 2018 - Behr chose In the Moment; Dunn-Edwards picked The Green Hour; and Sherwin-Williams dubbed Oceanside as the color of the year. Whatever the name, shades of green are surfacing in decor this season. 

The quiet blue-green trend going into the new year is all about infusing homes with calming, grounded vibes. The feeling this color evokes makes it a no-fail choice for the bedroom, but it’s neutral enough that it will enhance virtually any room it lives in.


Bold Blue’s Enrich.

Everything from rich sapphire to cobalt to vibrant Parisian blue are boldly enhancing spaces of all kinds. Whether you choose to incorporate a lot or a little, you can bet your space will be better for it.


Black is Back.

Glidden's 2018 Color of the Year is Deep Onyx, better known as classic black. Black has been seeing increased use in recent seasons, on walls, as well as in furniture and ascents. Everything from bedrooms to bathrooms to kitchens are being outfitted with this edgy hue, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Pair black with natural wood for an equally warm and edgy design.


Exotic Reds Add Spice.

Another bold addition to the 2018 Color of the Year family are Benjamin Moore's Caliente and Caponata. According to color experts, this bright red hue is paired best with airy, peachy tones. The beauty of this color trend is its versatility—bolder style sensibilities can select a bright red with which to make a striking style statement while more subdued styles will benefit from a softer raspberry hue to add increased warmth to their aesthetic.

Strong Colors, Neutral Woods are a Perfect Match.

Woods are being called one of the go-to coordinates for all of the bold colors of 2018. Paired with dark wood furniture, light linens and crisp home accents, a calming blue can turn a dingy bedroom into the perfect tranquil hideaway. A warm neutral wood hones in on the calming blue-green colors. No matter the combination, wood’s natural features enhance this year’s color palette.


Trending in Design – Design with Urban Wood


Designing with Urban Wood is a growing trend. This is exactly the reason Leigh and Cliff Spencer, the founders of the woodworking company Alabama Sawyer, love to showcase the timber.

Alabama Sawyer designs modern, environmentally sustainable products from urban trees in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Since they began, they’ve diverted hundreds of logs from the landfill and transformed them into award-winning furniture and products for homes and businesses.

One of these unique pieces of furniture was the overall winner of the 2017 Made in the South Awards, transforming a downed urban tree unto an eye-catching wood slab dining table.

What is Urban Wood?

Urban wood lumber fills the same needs as traditional lumber, but the height and width of urban trees vary greatly because they grow in more unpredictable environments. Unlike traditionally managed timber, no two trees or boards of lumber look much alike. While some urban lumber could be mistaken for the finely sawn lumber, other boards come from surprising species or show untraditional character. Urban wood is beautifully unique. Urban wood is often used by woodworkers, designers, artists and homeowners seeking materials to create a special, customized look.

What Wood Species is THAT?!

If you’ve never heard of hackberry wood, you’re not alone. Hackberry is a durable wood that looks like a hybrid of pine and ash, with yellow undertones and a heavy straight grain. Hackberry is a challenge to dry, making it a less popular wood species to find at your local lumber store. However, in Birmingham, Alabama, it happens to be abundant.

Award Winning Urban Wood Furniture

Their award-winning piece was a dining table made of four large hackberry urban wood slabs. This eye-catching, understated design, sealed with hand-rubbed oil, allows the wood to be the key design feature of the table. The signature wishbone-shaped iron legs continue the simple yet elegant design. These legs are cast at the city’s iconic Sloss Furnaces—a campus of blast furnaces from the 1880s that’s now a National Historic Landmark.

Why Urban Wood?

When they arrived in Birmingham, they discovered that almost one hundred trees per week were being cut down in the city. Working with local wood services and developers, they began designing and selling pieces of various sizes, from cutting boards to writing desks. “It would be complicated enough to focus on just the fieldwork or just the design process,” Leigh explains. “But we’re very dedicated to doing both—figuring out ways to make sure this wonderful resource is not wasted.”

Collaborating with each other comes easily. Leigh, a graphic designer, handles the business’s day-to-day operations. “I come in with an initial idea based on what the market is asking for and what materials we have,” she explains. After a bit of brainstorming, she and Cliff hone the design and its technical requirements. Cliff, who has a woodworking background, then crafts the look of each piece.

The initial steps of air-drying and milling the wood take place on a lot just out-side of town. Everything else happens at the large-scale wood shop they rent inside the Make Birmingham coworking space. “We’re surrounded by jewelry makers and painters, which is very inspiring,” Leigh says.

Looking Toward the Future

Three years in, the Spencers aim to grow the business, ideally putting out a new collection every six months. They also hope to begin working with other metals produced in Birmingham, such as brass, as well as marble mined from a nearby quarry. In the meantime, they’ll continue to spotlight unique tree species like the hackberry.

Special thanks to Alabama Sawyer and Garden & Gun Magazine for sharing this great story.

Learn More about Alabama Sawyer.

See the original article in Garden & Gun Magazine.


Wood Acclimation

Why is Wood Acclimation So Important?  And How Do I Specify Wood Acclimation?

Acclimation allows the moisture in the wood to adjust to the normal conditions in which it will be installed. It is the most important first step to proper wood installation.

What is Wood Acclimation?

According to the National Wood Flooring Association, wood floor acclimation is “the process of adjusting (conditioning) the moisture content of wood flooring to the environment in which it is expected to perform”.

Why Does Wood Need to Acclimate?

Wood is an organic material that reacts to its environment. It is hygroscopic - it absorbs and loses moisture in reaction to its surrounding environment. In humid environments, wood gains moisture and swells. In dry environments, wood loses moisture and shrinks. This is completely normal and happens at all stages of the wood life cycle. When wood is properly acclimated, it performs as expected and is a beautiful addition to any project.

What Happens to Wood When Not Acclimated Correctly?

When wood gains too much moisture, it can cup. Cupping occurs across the width of lumber, trim, or floor boards, with raised edges on each board and lower centers than the edges.

Wood can gap when it loses too much moisture too quickly. Gapping mostly occurs between floor boards. Although in larger solid wood pieces, it can mean splits and checking. Flooring gaps can vary in size and are considered normal if they appear and disappear during seasonal changes in humidity. Gaps are not considered normal if they are large or do not close during more-humid months.

Both of these issues can be minimized by maintaining an environment consistently between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and 30-50% humidity. Significant fluctuations outside these ranges can result in cupping or gaps.

How Long Should Wood Acclimate?

There is a common misconception among contractors that if you bring wood flooring, mouldings, or other solid wood products onto a jobsite and let it sit for a few days, it will acclimate properly and be ready to install. This is a big mistake costing time and money later.

Contrary to belief, acclimating wood properly has less do with the amount of time it sits on the job site, and more to do with monitoring the moisture content of various components.

Most wood performs best when the environment is controlled and remains within a relative humidity range of 30-50%. Ambient temperature should also be controlled within a range of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

How Do I Specify Wood To Be Installed?

Wood installations should be some of the last jobs on a construction project. Certain conditions should be met before wood flooring is delivered to the job site.

The following conditions should always be established before wood is delivered to a jobsite:

     - The building is completely enclosed (doors and windows installed)
     - Final grading has been completed and all drainage runs away from the building
     - All wet construction elements are completed and dry (concrete, plastering, drywall)
     - Basement and crawl space areas are dry
     - Air conditioning and/or heating is functional and has been running for five days prior to installation
     - A relative humidity of 30-50% has been achieved and an air temperature of 60-80 degrees is maintained.

Once the job site is ready and the wood delivered, the time it will take to acclimate depends on the expected seasonal change, manufacturer recommendations, the species of wood, and climate conditions of the job site.

It is highly recommended the moisture content of wood be measured immediately after delivery to establish a baseline.



What is More Green - Exterior Wood or Composite Decking?

When building a project, small or large outdoors, so does the debate – composite decking or wood? The truth of the matter is that no material is perfect. The debate though, was not typically based on the science and research but more on emotion and assumptions.

Many activists have protested local municipalities who have proposed rebuilding with exotic wood products, arguing that the use of this wood was causing deforestation in developing countries. This is just not so. Another popular argument was that composite decking is more environmentally friendly because it’s derived from recycled materials. While this is in fact true, that statement doesn’t tell the whole story.



Imagine living off of the land in the area in which you were born. You farm but the soil can be fickle and often you have to clear trees from new tracts of land, often by burning them, to plant crops in a new area. But this is not the only choice for many now. With markets developed for woods, there is now another choice. These same lands can support sustainable forestry. These same people now have the choice to cut some of the trees on the land but to do so in a way that continues to keep trees and forests intact while offering an alternative. The increased wood markets have helped to preserve forests in developing nations, not take them down.

How do you know the wood is actually sustainable? The Lacey Act requires it before wood can be imported into the United States.



No life cycle analysis has ever been completed specifically comparing exotic wood decking versus composite decking. When an analysis was completed in 2012, looking at the environmental impacts of composite decking for the entire time of use, the picture was not as perfect as some would have you believe.

Yes, composite decking is made out of recycled materials. This makes it seem like an environmentally friendly product. This decking product is made out of recycled plastic shopping bags, wood mill waste and old pallets, which is pretty neat. The problem with composite decking is that all of the environmentally friendly aspects of it are concentrated in material-sourcing. Once you factor in the high environmental impacts of the fossil fuels required to manufacture composite decking, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, the overall impact of composite decking products is much higher than traditional decking products.

NOTE - The research cited can be viewed here.
A version of this information originally appeared in the 2014 International Wood Magazine which you can view here.



Color Trends for 2018 Announced

The color trend predictions for 2018 are in, and they are bold. According to the experts, the all-white interiors of a couple of years ago are out and they are being replaced by rich colors inspired by the intensity and connectedness of our lives in a busy, tech-obsessed world.

Pantone, ever a tastemaker in the field of color, is predicting bold colors to take hold in 2018. "Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” stated Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, speaking at the International Home + Housewares Show. Eiseman also declared metallics the new neutrals and predicted the iridescent trend would stay strong. Pantone has introduced eight color palettes for 2018, which include Playful with loud colors like Minion Yellow, Lime Popsicle, Green Flash, and Blue Skydiver, Resourceful with a mixture of oranges and blues, and TECH-nique with fun, bright shades including hot pink, fuchsia, and turquoise.

Sherwin-Williams has released three new color palettes for 2018 inspired by modern life: Sincerity, Affinity, and Connectivity. The most subdued of these is Sincerity, a palette that takes a more colorful approach to minimalism. Sincerity is made up of sand, complex grays and hazy botanicals, and inspired by silence, Instagram, and normcore. Affinity is a much warmer, more saturated palette inspired by globalism, folklore, artisanal crafts, and indigenous patterns. The third palette, Connectivity, is comprised of cooler tones and bright colors such as orange, violets, digital green, and high-def yellow meant to evoke technology, youth culture, and virtual reality.

Behr’s trending colors for 2018 also consider our highly connected, always-on, technologically integrated lifestyles, but they seem to push back against them a bit. Behr’s color of the year for 2018 is a cool, tranquil, spruce blue named “In the Moment” that they describe as “a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.” In the Moment is part of a collection for 2018 inspired by mindfulness that includes many neutrals (including a dark gray-brown pointedly named “Unplugged”), but also includes bolder accent colors inspired by nature in warm yellow, deep blue-tinged green, and even purple.

PPG Paints has been perhaps the most audacious yet in their look forward to the year ahead; they’ve declared their color of the year for 2018 to be Black Flame, a midnight-dark blend of black and navy.

Color is back, so expect clients to be more willing to make bold choices with color in 2018; whatever their inspiration, there are palettes available in these predictions to suit everyone’s taste.




Modern Adirondack Chairs Designed in Thermally Modified Ash

An Interview with Paddy Collins

We interviewed Paddy Collins, an Atlanta-area specialty carpenter and customer of Hardwoods Inc., about the modern Adirondack chairs he recently built out of thermally modified ash.

How did you come up with the design for these chairs?

They’re a take on two different style chairs that when the designer hired me to build them, she said, “Can you make them look like this?”  One she showed was by a guy in north Georgia that decided he no longer wanted to make chairs anymore and the other was a set of plans she found on Pinterest.  I put my own spin on it, because as a guy who makes things, I don’t like making other people’s things.  As a gentleman, I put my heart and soul into these things, and I wasn’t going to try to steal any part of his design, so I made it my own.

What are your favorite things about the design?

Being a specialty carpenter, I’m really not into the design as much as the finished product.  I’m a big fan of the clean nature of mid-century modern, and taking the expectation of your material and ramping up a notch.  The design really isn’t that on my mind as I’m making things.  I just want my clients to be happy.

Why did you decide to use thermally modified ash?

One of the reasons is that obviously these were going to be an outdoor project.  The price of outdoor wood goes from regular pressure treated pine, which is its own thing, to something special that will last longer, like teak or ipe that’s specifically out on the market for that sort of thing, but when you look into those exotics, they’re expensive as all get out.
I’d heard of thermally modified wood before, but I’d never worked with it, and I was in Atlanta Hardwood getting some material for another project and got talking about it with two guys behind the desk, and they suggested I take a look at it.
What I liked about the ash is that it’s super dense; they make baseball bats out of it.  It’s real tight and straight-grained, real sturdy, and it wears well, but like any other natural wood it has to have a finish on it.  But with this new product they were telling me about, you could get the same strength that regular ash provides and the thermal modification allows it to sit outside.
So they are the ones that really talked me into it and I’m glad they did because I think it really made the difference as far as the overall look, and as the chairs age they’re just going to get even better.  It gets a little black to it when it ages in the sun, and I told the clients if they don’t like it, we can just sand it and go right back to the start and it’ll be fine.  The color is another reason I went with it because it really is just pretty.


Tell us a little about your business.

I’ve been a carpenter/contractor/jack of all trades for about 20 years now.  In the beginning, I’d take on anything.  I’d do your floors, your cabinetry, your roof.  I just tried to do a lot of different things in the construction business to see what I was good at, what I liked, and it boiled down to specialty type things.  I made a pretty good niche for myself.  I work on referral only; I don’t advertise.  Within the last five or six years, when I got involved in television, is when the specialty stuff really took off.  I was hired to work on a show filmed here in Atlanta for HDTV as their specialty fabricator and the host would come up with crazy weird ideas for moving walls or who knows what; we did a lot of moving things.  What was great about that was that really solidified my confidence level so that I knew I could build custom, cool, weird, crazy things.  I still have a lot of private clients and I get to dip my toe in the high end celebrity market occasionally.

If you have a product or a brand that you’re trying to promote, having your word mean something means something to me.  That’s where referral business is great, because I have a reputation that I’m going to do what I say I’m going to do and I’m going to do it to the client’s satisfaction.  If you can be a good person and do quality work, you’re always going to be in business.

Visit his website to learn more about Paddy Collins’ work.



New AIA Class Now Available

We are pleased to announce that through a collaboration with the American Hardwood Information Center, we created a new continuing education class to help explain the technical aspects about thermally modified hardwood and its role in architectural design.

This course was approved by both the American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for one Learning Unit/Hour.

Thermally Modified Hardwood and its Role in Architectural Design Class Description:

Thermally modified hardwoods can fill an essential need in your architectural designs. Thermally modified hardwoods can be used in different applications than traditional hardwoods. This class will teach you the science behind thermally modified hardwoods and explain the physical characteristics and performance features. Finally, we’ll examine proper design applications and specifications for thermally modified hardwood and their environmental advantages.

At the conclusion of this Presentation, participants will be able to:

  1 - Comprehend the basics of what thermally modified hardwood is and explain how it is different than other wood products.
  2 - List physical characteristics and performance features of thermally modified hardwood.
  3 - Recognize the proper design applications for thermally modified hardwood.
  4 - Write accurate specifications for the installation and maintenance features of thermally modified hardwood.
  5 - Understand the environmental advantages of thermally modified hardwood.

To schedule a Lunch & Learn session near you, contact us today.



What You Should Know About Ipe Decking

If you’re looking for a hardwood decking option, Ipe should definitely be on your short list. Prized for its hardness and durability, Ipe is a decking option that will stand the test of time.

Ipe (Tabebuia spp., Lapacho group) is a tropical hardwood that grows all over South America much as yellow pine grows all over the United States. In some cases, it is harvested irresponsibly, but sustainable sources of Ipe are available from a reputable supplier. Our Ipe is sustainably sourced.

Topping out the Janka scale with a rating of 3684, more than three times the hardness of Walnut, Ipe is extremely hard, dense, and heavy. When dry, it weighs approximately 69 lbs per cubic food (compare that to Southern Pinll stand the test of time.

Ipe (Tabebuia spp., Lapacho group) is a tropical hardwood that grows all over South America much as yellow pine grows all over the United States. In some cases, it is harvested irresponsibly, but sustainable sources of Ipe are available from a reputable supplier. Our Ipe is sustainably sourced.

Topping out the Janka scale with a rating of 3684, more than three times the hardness of Walnut, Ipe is extremely hard, dense, and heavy. When dry, it weighs approximately 69 lbs per cubic food (compare that to Southern Pine at 35 lbs per cubic foot) and generally sinks in water. Ipe dries well without much checking or twisting and has an exceptionally smooth surface that is not prone to splintering.

Ipe is basically bullet-proof. This hardwood is resistant to rot, insects, and even fire.  Ipe can safely be used in ground contact without preservatives. In a 1962 Panama Canal study conducted by the U.S. Navy, Ipe was one of the top performers when it came to rot and insect resistance; it lasted 15 years in the ground without attack by termites.

Ipe Decking Naturally Aging Over TimeIpe is one of the most durable wood species available. The U.S. Forests Products Laboratory has given Ipe its highest possible durability rating (25+ years). Most Ipe decking is guaranteed for at least 20-25 years, and may last decades longer. The boardwalk at Coney Island in New York City used to be constructed of Ipe, and it lasted 25 years before it needed to be replaced.  Chances are your deck will see less traffic than the Coney Island boardwalk and last considerably longer.

Because of its extreme hardness, Ipe can be difficult to work. Carbide tipped saw blades are recommended, as Ipe will dull others. Predrilling for fasteners is necessary and, as with all hardwood decking, only stainless steel fasteners should be used. Hidden clip fastener systems are recommended as they allow the wood to expand and contract without putting pressure on screws, keep water from soaking into the decking, and leave a smooth, splinter-free surface.

Ipe is a beautiful dark brown, sometimes with reddish hues. To preserve this natural color, Ipe decking should be finished every two years with an oil-based finish. Because of Ipe’s alkaline characteristics, many oil and water-based finishes will not work, so you’ll want to use an oil finish specially formulated for Ipe. Without this treatment, Ipe will weather to a silvery gray color. Even if you decide to let your Ipe decking weather naturally, you should still apply an oil finish once right after installation.

When you want to build a deck that will last for decades and be nearly impervious to rot and insects, Ipe is a great choice.



Ash Lumber and the Emerald Ash Borer

Ash is a great species of lumber to work with. Ash is known for its staining potential and ability to mimic oak. It has great shock resistance, and solid workability. To this point, it has been an economical wood that was always readily available.

The light brown and creamy white colorations of ash look great with a simple clear finish and are strikingly beautiful.

Uses for Ash Wood

Ash is used for furniture, cabinetry, flooring, doors, architectural moulding and millwork, tool handles, baseball bats, hockey sticks, oars, turnings, and is also sliced for veneer. It is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Learn more about ash lumber.

How the Emerald Ash Borer is Killing the Ash Trees

Emerald Ash Borers are likely to kill 99 percent of the U.S. ash wood trees, says the U.S. Forest Service. This exotic insect girdles and kills the tree. The killer beetle has made a home in 26 states, two Canadian providences and is continuing to spread. In just 10 years, it has become the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America.

The demise of the ash tree would be a truly sad event.

Can the Emerald Ash Borer be Stopped?

Research continues and (expensive) single-tree treatment is now available, but as of now, the infestation continues. In areas of the country already infected by emerald ash borer, quarantine efforts are underway to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer to new areas (the latest quarantine map).

The USDA has also recently approved three species of parasitic non-stinging wasps for import from China. The wasp eggs develop inside of the ash borer larvae, killing it. After they emerge from the trees, the adult wasps continue to feed on larvae and eggs in the area. Woodpeckers are the wasps only natural competition. According to the USDA, the wasps are not attracted to pets or people and have no stingers. What looks like a stinger is actually their egg-laying organ.

Currently, scientists are breeding and releasing them. As of fall, the wasps have been released in 19 states. But their population still has to catch up to the immense borer population and Illinois doesn’t have the wasps as yet.
“It’ll be years before that balance comes back into the ecosystem until then, there’s no silver bullet to save those ash trees,” said Heminghous.

Giving Ash a Second Life

Many woodworkers and designers are embracing ash, with a desire of paying homage to ash in its wood form, embracing the idea that even when you can’t save the ash tree, you can save its wood. The Chicago Furniture Designers Association has even launched a furniture exhibition entitled, Rising from the ASHES: Furniture from Lost Trees.

This resurgence in the popularity of ash is bittersweet. We will continue to celebrate and use ash lumber while it is available, while cheering on the parasitic wasps and hoping they will catch up to the emerald ash borer.

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Be certain to check any quarantine regulations before removing ash.


It's Finally Here - North America's First Pressurized, Closed-System Thermal Modification Kiln

We are excited to announce that the kiln has been installed and has already dried a few charges of thermally modified wood. After a long history of successful use in Europe, this closed-system pressure vessel is the FIRST to be installed in North America. This pressurized closed thermal modification system is important in maintaining a consistent high-quality product.

What Makes a Closed Thermal Modification Different?

Using a simple and accurate control strategy, this system is the only thermally modified system that keeps the wood near hygroscopic equilibrium during the entire treatment cycle. What is hygroscopic equilibrium? Also known in the lumber industry as “EMC”, equilibrium moisture content, is defined as the point where wood stops absorbing moisture from or releasing moisture into the surrounding air. At this point, the wood is said to have reached hygroscopic equilibrium.

For thermally modified wood from a closed system, the resulting wood is at a constant 5% moisture content.  

Why is Equilibrium Moisture Content a Big Deal?

For anyone working with wood on a regular basis, EMC is important for a number of reasons. Wood expands and contracts with moisture content depending on the average moisture content of the region where the wood is located. In addition, when wood is exposed to a wet environment, such as exterior applications, wood will cup, warp, and degrade without specific exterior treatments.

How Is A Pressurized Closed System Better for Thermally Modified Wood?

Since the system is closed and pressurized, the system does not allow the wood to go below 5% moisture content. In some other system types the wood is dried to almost 0% and then reabsorbs moisture after the treatment is done. The pressurized system doesn’t allow that fluctuation which reduces the treatment stress on the wood. This allows for a more stable product as a result and reduces the potential for cracking, and splitting.
The pressurized closed system improves the wood’s properties, resulting in increased dimensional stability and increased decay resistance, while creating a chemical-free wood that repels moisture.

Learn More about the Advantages of Thermally Modified Lumber.


Atlanta Hardwood Corporation Expands, Adding Thermally Modified Wood Production Capacity

The Next Step in Wood Drying Technology - Thermally Modified Wood

Atlanta Hardwood Corporation is pleased to announce they have added a thermal modification kiln to its integrated line of wood products manufacturing.  The closed-system pressure vessel will provide thermally modified lumber for use in applications where decay resistance and stability are crucial. 

“We are excited about the addition of a thermal modification kiln at White County Mouldings in Cleveland, GA,” says Hal Mitchell, President of Atlanta Hardwood Corporation. “The closed-system, pressurized kiln utilizes proven European technology and is the first of its kind in North America. By treating under pressure, we can maintain EMC levels in the wood providing stress-free, thermally modified lumber for superior stability and exceptional resistance to weather and fungi-related deterioration”.

What is Thermal Modified Wood?

VikingWood™ is a natural, chemical-free material which is treated under extremely high temperatures (400oF+). Sugars are cooked away leaving a safe, green alternative to chemically preserved wood.

When hardwood is thermally modified, the process permanently alters the wood’s chemical and physical properties when temperatures over 400˚F are reached. The thermal modification process reduces the equilibrium wood moisture content down to a very low range of 5-6%.

Benefits of VikingWood™ Thermally Modified Wood

Stability – increased dimensional stability, with less cupping / warping.

Decay Resistance – heat removes the sugar-based, food source for insects and fungi, resulting in a durable interior and exterior product.

Repels Moisture – the heat process fundamentally changes the hygroscopic ability of wood, reducing the wood’s ability to absorb moisture up to 85%.

Chemical-Free – naturally durable hardwood product without the use of chemicals.

Chocolate Brown Patina – a rich, deep chocolate brown appearance brings an unexpected tropical look.


Design Applications for Thermally Modified Hardwood

VikingWood™ has a versatile range of design applications, both exterior and interior.


What Wood Species Are Offered?

VikingWood™ thermally modified lumber will be offered in:  Poplar, Ash, Sweet Gum, Red Oak, Red Grandis, Soft Maple, Cypress, Eastern White Pine, Southern Yellow Pine 

To learn more about VikingWood™ contact the Atlanta Hardwood Sales Team at


The History of Thermally Modified Wood

Thermally Modified Wood Started with the Vikings!

Thermally modified wood products are still considered new to us here in the United States. But they’ve been widely used for over 20 years in Germany, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and Italy for both interior and exterior use. However, it was the Vikings, centuries ago, who apparently first discovered that burning the surface of wood made it more durable and better suited for exterior use.

Vikings Discovered Thermally Modified Wood!

Centuries ago, the Vikings learned to overcome natural wood's shortcomings by treating it with fire. They discovered that burning the surface of cut wood made it more resistant to the effects of outdoor exposure. Consider this the first instance of wood's thermal modification for construction purposes!
It was only within the last century that Europeans perfected the thermal modification process. By adding steam to it, this further alters the structure of wood, making it more impervious to rot, mildew, and decay.

What Does Thermal Modification Do to Wood?

Thermal modification is now a highly technical computer-controlled process carried out in specially designed high-temperature kilns. Only heat and steam—no chemicals—are used, which makes the process green.

When hardwood is thermally modified, the process permanently alters the wood’s chemical and physical properties when temperatures over 400˚F are reached. This is very different than the way wood is dried traditionally in a kiln. Kiln drying only reduces the moisture content of the timber (to an acceptable range of 6-8%). The thermal modification process reduces the wood moisture content down to a very low range of 0-5%.

Two of the popular ways to thermally modify wood are in open systems (not under vacuum) and closed systems (under a vacuum). Open systems reduce the moisture content to zero, but cause more stress on the wood and its physical properties. Closed systems reduce moisture content to approximately 5%, resulting in less internal stress. Thermally modifying hardwoods has the effect of drastically reducing the equilibrium moisture content. Put simply, the physical structure of the wood is changed, resulting in changes in the physical properties of the hardwood.

What Physical Characteristics are Different with Thermally Modified Hardwood?

Thermally modified wood produces material with outstanding dimensional stability and rot-resistance because of how it changes the cellular structure of the wood. The cells in wood have their ability to transport water reduced, resulting in a water resistant effect. The sugar content in the wood cells is also reduced, minimizing the food source for mold and fungus. These two physical changes in  the wood result in a hardwood product stable and durable enough for exterior applications – much as the Vikings used it.

Natural Rich Brown Color Created with Thermal Modification, No Stain Needed

The color of the wood is transformed, and this color extends throughout the thickness of each board. The color of “medium-treated” wood varies from light to golden brown, while the “intense-treated” wood is a chocolate brown. Because of their stability and color change, thermally modified products are considered an environmentally friendly alternative to engineered and exotic products.

Why is Thermally Modified Hardwood a Great Product?

Thermally modified hardwood is a natural, chemical-free material – a safe, green alternative to chemically preserved wood. The deep rich colored wood is excellent for exterior applications where weather related decay and stability are essential. You can expect years of service with minimal maintenance from this sustainable alternative to tropical imports such as teak and ipe.

To find out more about VikingWood™ offerings, contact us.

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Red Grandis: The Perfect Wood for Interior and Exterior Applications

As the weather warms, our minds wander to what exterior projects are on the horizon. Whether in your own home or in the projects you’ll be designing, red grandis is a wood to seriously consider for your next design.

What is Red Grandis?

Red Grandis is a plantation species grown in Uruguay in an FSC certified forest using FSC certified harvesting practices. Straight-grained and medium textured, red grandis is an alternative for a variety of hardwoods such as mahogany and sapele.

What are the Characteristics of Red Grandis?

The species bears a close resemblance to Genuine Mahogany in density, hardness, and grain structure. The color is a warm red, in-between mahogany and cherry in color when freshly sawn. As it oxidizes and is finished, the color deepens to a richer red, more similar to mahogany. 
Red Grandis offers an ecological alternative to many tropical hardwoods. Versatile and strong, this beautiful hardwood is 100% pure FSC® certified. The heartwood can vary in color from pale pink to medium pink. It has a uniform, but moderately coarse textured grain which is usually straight or slightly interlocked.


What Projects Can I Use Red Grandis For?

Red Grandis is a consistent, premium quality wood ideally suited for high-end applications in furniture, cabinetry, mouldings, windows and doors. Renowned for stability on its own, red grandis is also seen as an excellent alternative to Spanish cedar and mahogany for exterior applications.
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The Art of Stacking Moldings

Creating a unique wide molding can be a design challenge and stress the budget. But it doesn’t have to be. By using multiple smaller moldings instead of one solid molding, you can stretch your budget and get the same high-end custom look.

What is molding stacking?

The standard width of trim is five inches but many times when choosing baseboards and crown molding, wider options can look attractive. By combining standard molding profiles and shapes that are available off the shelf in stores, it's easy to build up or "stack" standard profiles. This creates the effect of a single piece of wood several inches wider in almost any style. According to the American Hardwood Information Council “stacked" molding may typically cost hundreds of dollars less than custom-made molding for a single room.

Where can stacked moldings be used?

Built-up moldings can be used anywhere the walls meet the ceiling for crown molding, as well as for chair rails, door and window frames and baseboards. Stacked moldings can also be used to create custom features in a room, such as a fireplace mantel.

How can I combine stock pieces of wood to create a baseboard?

Writing a Specification? Determine what profiles you want to combine and then just include a description and graphic of how they should be installed. For a traditional molding, start from the floor with a relatively flat trim board that is four to six inches high. Add a piece of trim molding with a convex or rounded shape (such as a basic quarter-round) at the bottom of the flat trim board. Then top off the flat board with a recessed profile. The finished product should measure six to eight inches high.

How to combine wood profiles to create a crown molding.

Start by deciding the overall impact and width you are looking for and then look at options to combine. Once you’ve selected the profile layout, write your specification accordingly. The finished product should measure at least six inches and can be as intricate or simple as you can imagine. A crown profile using the stacking method can have anywhere from two molding profiles to five or six.

Whether traditional or contemporary, using stock moldings to create custom solid molding designs is a great solution for any project.


Why Can't I Get 14 Inch Wide Moldings from a 24 Inch Diameter Tree?

Standard minimums for upper grade hardwood lumber are 5-inch wide boards. So, asking for a 14-inch wide molding gets quickly problematic. This is where stacking molding from multiple stock profiles is a solid alternative to building a custom molding. But why?

A hardwood tree may be 55 feet tall and 24-inches in diameter, but it will yield boards that are no more than 12-inches wide. Mouldings, in turn, will be narrower than that. Larger trees can produce wider lumber, yet wider boards are more difficult to work with because of hardwood's natural expansion and contraction characteristics, leaving a different set of challenges. 
Stacking multiple stock molding profiles alleviates these challenges and provides an economical solution to give a project the unique architectural interest you and your clients are seeking.

Special thanks to the American Hardwood Information Center for information and images.


Cypress Wood Rustic Wood Ceilings Add Style and Warmth

When designing a room, the ceiling is often overlooked. What’s over your head has more to do with the feel of a room than any other aspect. Few materials can top wood when it comes to creating a warm and cozy look for your home. Using wood in an unexpected place like the ceiling gives a room even more texture and dimension. 

Why install a planked wood ceiling?

Adding an architectural detail to an otherwise bland room is one of many reasons to add a rustic cypress planked wood ceiling but it is far from the only reason. This is also a great way to cover a dated popcorn ceiling or a poor drywall installation. Wood ceilings can also change the acoustics in a room. A wooden ceiling instantly becomes a focal point in a room, infusing unique style in your room.   

Will a wood ceiling make my room too dark?

The natural color of cypress is the perfect way to have a wood ceiling without making the room too dark. Be sure to balance the wood with lighter or bolder colors on the walls.

Cypress Wood Ceilings - A Unique Look

“There’s really nothing quite like it,” says Hal Mitchell of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “It’s an exceptional wood that offers variety and lasting performance to any home, anywhere. And for interior applications, as paneling, millwork, cabinetry, or flooring, cypress delivers a unique look that complements practically every architectural style. So whether in the woods or ocean front, rustic to contemporary, with cypress, the possibilities are endless.”


Special thanks to the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, Photographer Christopher Wesnofske and Jim Tetro / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Tali Decking: A Sustainable Alternative to Mahogany for Decking 

Tali, sometimes called Sasswood (formal name: Erythrophleum suaveolens), is a plentiful and sustainable wood from Central and West Africa.

Tali Decking is a durable, stable, long-lasting outdoor decking product imported from Africa. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to Ipe and Cumari and is the preferred decking choice in many European countries.

Tali has an appealing mahogany-like grain character. The structure of the wood is very uniform without any distinctive markings.This beautiful and abundant wood is harvested using responsible forest practices as it is one of the few decking hardwoods to carry FSC certification.


Why Use Tali Decking?


Tali Decking Specification Options:

Two Profile Choices in Every Piece: One side is a smooth profile while the back side is grooved.

Two Decking Sizes: 5/4 x 4”  (1” x 3-1/2” actual) & 5/4 x 6”  (1” x 5-1/2”)

Want more information about this product or interested in ordering or specifications?
Contact AHC Craig Imports: 1-800-248-4393.


       Forest Stewardship Council     
       (FSC)-certified products
       available upon request.

       Responsible forest

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Specifying Red Grandis?

photograph by Stephanie J. RodrigueUruguayan red grandis is plantation grown and harvested using FSC certified forestry practices. The species resembles mahogany in hardness, density and grain structure. It is aesthetically similar to cherry, mahogany or Spanish cedar when first sawn.

Over time, the wood oxidizes and its color deepens to a rich dark red. Among its positive attributes are its physical workability, stability, durability and resistance to decay. In addition, it is highly sustainable and FSC rated so availability and quality are very consistent. Another plus is that the price point is significantly less than mahogany or sapele.

In this home, red grandis was chosen for the exterior doors and shutters for its durability.  With its renowned stability, finishing quality, and natural beauty, red grandis was also chosen for the interior shiplap siding, architectural mouldings, and interior doors.

When it comes to selecting a product based on its versatility, durability, and good looks, red grandis is hard to beat.  You can refer to our technical specifications for more information.