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What does chain of custody mean?

Between the forest and the final consumer, forest products may undergo many stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. Paper, lumber and many finished products may all be certified through a chain throughout the stages of processing.  This...

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American Cherry: A Stunning Wood for Centuries

Cherry has long been used for traditional heirloom furniture and other collectibles. And these days, you can see cherry used in a wide variety of other applications as well. It is often used in architectural joinery, furniture, cabinets, flooring and musical...

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Basics of Hardwood Finishing

Determining the Right Finish for Your Project Although at least 10 varieties and more than a dozen brands of finish are available, all can be divided into two categories: penetrating finishes (those that dry inside the wood) and surface finishes (those that dry on the...

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Hardwood Check off

November 20, 2013 Contact: Jim Howard, 404.792.2290 Atlanta, GA – I would like to share my perspective on why I believe a checkoff is imperative for the long-term health of our industry. For ten years prior, I served on the Hardwood Council, two years as the...

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Confessions of a Wood Hoarder

I have been buying lumber for a long time, not for a cabinet shop or large mill work shop, but for individual small projects. In my past I have been a custom furniture maker, a teacher, a woodworking school owner. So when I say I have bought a lot of lumber, I mean to...

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Earth Friendly Finishes Part 2

Finishes are vital to protecting the beauty and performance of hardwood cabinetry, flooring and millwork, and in the not-so-distant past, it was considered practically impossible to make high-quality finishes that did not emit VOCs, both during their application and...

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Hard Maple Wood Highlight

Not Just the Leaves of a Maple Are Beautiful As fall leaves hit their peak color, maple leaves get a lot of credit for being some of the more beautiful leaves. It’s not just maple leaves that are amazing, it’s the wood that makes stunning woodworking projects. Not...

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Hardwood Finishing for the Woodworker

Finishing wood allows you to showcase the uniqueness of the wood you are using for a project. Finishing can make or break a project. Unlike metal or plastic surfaces, wood presents a substrate that varies in density, porosity, and stability. It should be handled...

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Red Grandis: Wood Highlight

Red Grandis is a consistent, premium quality wood ideally suited for high-end applications in furniture, cabinetry, mouldings, windows and doors. Renowned for stability, it serves as an excellent alternative to Spanish cedar and mahogany for exterior applications. Red...

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Attending Woodtoberfest 2014

Next weekend we will host our annual Woodtoberfest, an event celebrating all things wood. We hope you’ll make plans to join us. With a variety of demonstrations throughout the day, there was something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to wander around and take...

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Build Green, Design with Wood

Green building materials and green design are hot topics in architecture and design. But what criteria do you use to decide what products are more environmentally friendly? Many recent studies argue that the only effective way to compare products for their...

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What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is defined as the measurement of greenhouse gases produced from day-to-day living through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation and product manufacturing. Measured in tons of carbon dioxide, it is a concern for those who...

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Earth Friendly Finishes

Finishes are vital to protecting the beauty and performance of hardwood cabinetry, flooring and millwork, and in the not-so-distant past, it was considered practically impossible to make high-quality finishes that did not emit VOCs, both during their application and...

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Vertical Grain Fir

Vertical Grain Fir is one of the most distinctive looking woods in North America with its unique, straight grain pattern. Grown in the Pacific Northwest, this beautiful coastal species provides designers with a rich visual quality and a clean look while providing...

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Cypress Mills are Chanting “Rain, Rain, Go Away!”

Over the last few years, the drought stricken South has performed rain dances, fought over water rights, and held prayer vigils just to get a little water. Those prayers have been answered in 2013. Atlanta is currently at 152% of the normal year-to-date rainfall...

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Wood of the Month – Rustic Alder

Alder is a popular species today because of its subdued grain and fine, uniform texture. With rustic alder there is a random blend of knots, burls (swirling grain clusters) and other natural characteristics. This versatile wood species features a fairly straight...

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Welcome to our Blog

Social media is purportedly the communications tool of the new era. As we start down the path of writing a blog, I am sincerely excited for the opportunity this gives our company to provide valuable resources for the architectural/woodworking community, while opening...

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