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One of the less requested North American hardwood lumber species is American beech. This species, (fagus grandifolia), which is sometimes alrso referred to as red beech, white beech and gray beech, grows throughout the hardwood forests in the eastern United States. It is found mostly in the States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky and grows side by side with more popular species such as soft maple, hard maple and cherry in most…
Besides the basic species, grades and thicknesses everyone thinks about when they discuss hardwood lumber, what other products or services do you include in your hardwood product line? When was the last time you added something to your product offerings? If you are a hardwood distributor it is important to keep your offerings fresh and in line with the needs of your target market. Since the hardwood industry is usually a rapidly changing marketplace, it’s…
North American Black Walnut, (Juglans nigra ), been one of the most valuable hardwoods in the industry for generations. Consumers have regularly chosen walnut as the species of choice for everything from fine furniture to doors. This year it seems there has been a steady increase in demand in walnut. Inquiries from many of our customers in various regions of the world have been on the uptick. One example of an increase in demand we…
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…