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Cherry is one of the most popular North American hardwoods. For generations, woodworkers have chosen cherry as one of their preferred species for quality manufacturing. Cherry, (Prunus serotina), is commonly used in everything from cabinets to fine furniture. But, as with any hardwood species, not all cherry lumber is the same. Besides the standard differences in grade, thickness, length and color, there are other issues that you will need to understand when ordering cherry lumber.…

A Few Alternatives to Rosewood

  • Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:38
Recently, many hardwood distributors have been inquiring about suitable alternatives to Dalbergia, (a.k.a. Rosewood). In the beginning of 2017, at a Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna, (CITES), the genus of Dalbergia was added to protected species list. In general, Dalbergia Rosewood can be categorized as a small to medium sized tree native to many tropical areas including Africa and Central and South America. This species of lumber has been…
If you manufacturer with hardwoods how do you stop creating unwanted lumber inventory? It is not always an easy answer, but it is usually rooted in ordering hardwood lumber products specifically designed to maximize your lumber yields. Most companies that manufacture products with hardwood lumber still usually order their materials as bundles of random widths and lengths. What this means is each bundle can therefore have a different combination of boards that range in widths…

How Customer-Centric is your Culture?

  • Friday, 05 May 2017 18:56
For us in the hardwood lumber industry being customer centric is very important. We spend a lot of time and effort trying to find new and better ways to serve our customers succeed. From experience, we know that developing and maintaining a customer-centric culture within a company requires a conscious focus in strategy and a genuine commitment to putting the customer first in all departments. If you are looking for ways to enhance or create…
Red oak is still one of the most popular and plentiful hardwoods in the market. For years it has been one of the most widely used species for things such as furniture, fine cabinetry, mouldings and flooring. It is also one of the most requested hardwoods for export which continues to keep it in high demand on a global basis. By far, the majority of red oak that we provide to our customers is in…
One of the many thought leadership topics people are talking about these days is transparency. We’ve come across it a couple of times in the hardwood lumber industry and definitely feel it is worth some attention. When we speak of transparency we frame the conversation around the themes knowledge sharing, cooperation and information disclosure. In practice, it includes the elimination of hidden agendas, withholding valuable timely information or important relevant details one would need to…
If you have ever admired those beautiful straight grain patterns in flooring or fine furniture you might have been enjoying what is referred to as rift sawn or quarter sawn lumber. The most common way sawmills saw lumber is flat sawn or plain sawn. This typically results in a grain pattern that is peaked or what is sometimes referred to as cathedral. Quarter-sawing and rift-sawing are two other sawing techniques. Rift and quartered lumber, although…
One constant you can count on in business is change. Successful leaders understand that what once proved effective for business may have little or no bearing on if it will be successful in the future. That can certainly be true in the hardwood lumber industry. Over the years we have learned to never take success for granted. Markets change, customers move and fashions shift impacting the supply and demand for lumber. With this in mind,…

Why Your Hardwood Sawyer Is So Important

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:33
Have you ever heard the expression, “no two hardwood logs are the same”? Well, it is true. Each tree that is harvested is unique. Their dimensions, limb placements, and even trunk measurements are all unique. So in the conversion process from logs to hardwood boards, the role of the sawyer is critical to maximize how much usable lumber can be extracted from each log. Some say it is part science part art. A skilled and…

Does your inventory turn fast enough?

  • Monday, 06 February 2017 21:53
Not all product inventory turns at the same velocity. In the hardwood lumber industry inventory can be impacted by many different factors including export regulations, log availability and fashion just to name a few. Sometimes bundles of inventory can pile up in a concentration yard and before you know it you have less room to maneuver causing operational delays and manpower problems to deal with. Of course it is best to deal with slow moving…