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4 Common Hardwood Lumber Sorts

  • Tuesday, 15 March 2016 15:56
Over the years, hardwood lumber suppliers have done a good job of trying to help customers by sorting boards into common sized widths or lengths.  We have even been known to sort lumber based on color variation.  In our opinion, here are the top four hardwood lumber sorts we find to be the most requested. Width sorted hardwood lumber – Width sorts are very popular with flooring manufacturers and window and door manufacturers.  Depending on…

Wormy Soft Maple Described

  • Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:40
Have you ever described wormy soft maple to a new person in the hardwood lumber industry? For those us who have been around lumber for a while it is a description we understand. However, it has nothing to do with worms in the wood! The darker streaks are actually caused by a beetle.  Ambrosia beetles infest soft maple trees leaving a larvae behind that bore a shallow channel and deposit a fungus in the wood…

Top Sorts Requested for Walnut Hardwood Lumber.

  • Wednesday, 03 February 2016 20:49
Walnut is one of the most popular North American hardwood lumber species and American Lumber provides walnut to our customers in many different ways. Since walnut is one of the more expensive North American hardwoods, customers try to be very specific about the lumber they order so not to accumulate unusable inventory or produce too much lumber waste.  To accomplish this they are many times looking for specific custom sorts designed to work best in…
It is no secret that White Oak, "Quercus Alba", is one of the most commonly used North American hardwood lumber species. It is a regular choice for cabinets, flooring, furniture, doors, barrels, millwork, mouldings, etc. It is strong, water resistant, and has excellent working properties. It is also one of the more commonly requested species to be sawn as rift and quartered. The special grain presentation that rift and quartered white oak offers is appealing…
I think so. When we participate in local community events or attend university career fairs we find people in their 20’s are genuinely interested in the various facets of the forest products industry. However, that doesn’t mean we can just rest on our laurels. We definitely have to stay current and develop a corporate culture that is relevant to the next generation of employees. Here are five suggestions we have found can help companies find…

Do you think value or price?

  • Monday, 14 December 2015 18:29
When you buy lumber do you focus more on the cost of the load or the value the lumber can bring you?  We find that when manufacturers focus only on the cost of the lumber they may be missing a chance to fully understand how better lumber can improve their prduction efficiency. We all know that we in the hardwood lumber the industry’s grade book guides us on what type of lumber can be classified…

Do you ask for referrals?

  • Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:54
Just like any other B2B business, hardwood lumber professionals can benefit from receiving sales referrals. Whether you are a hardwood manufacturer, distributor, lumber wholesaler or importer, when you receive a referral from one of your customers it is a great opportunity.

Tour a sawmill with a purpose

  • Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:31
Sawmill tours are a very popular activity in our industry. Customers and prospects from all around the world like to visit sawmills to gain a better perspective on what a hardwood lumber supplier may or may not be able to provide. But if you are new to the industry what should you be looking for when visiting a sawmill? Here are a few suggestions...
If you have been associated with the hardwood lumber industry for a while you are probably well aware of the differences in species based on their region of origin. However, if you are new to the industry you might find the lumber characteristics based on regions a little confusing.  Here are a few simple thoughts that should help you understand the different North American growing regions.

Hickory is not just for baseball bats!

  • Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:22
What do you use hickory for? Hickory is a popular North American hardwood species for many things.  It is harvested throughout the hardwood forests of the eastern United States and is used for many different applications.  Years ago it was used significantly in the production of sporting equipment like bats, tennis rackets, golf club shafts and skis.