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Species of the Week: White Oak

Our Species of the Week this Week is White Oak! American white oak is one of the most popular species from the U.S. hardwood forests in export markets – and is unique to North America. White oaks have an attractive grain, similar to many other oaks grown globally. In general the sapwood of white oak… Read More »

Species of the Week: Basswood

Our Species of the Week this Week is Basswood! American basswood is a light weight species renowned for its creamy colour and ability to be machined and shaped accurately into thin sections, and as a premium wood for carving. The sap of basswood tends to be large and is creamy white in colour giving way… Read More »

Species of the Week: Hickory

Our Species of the Week is Hickory! American hickory and pecan are different species of a very diverse group, but in the round (log) they are virtually indistinguishable from each other and therefore often processed by saw mills and sold mixed together. The wood of hickory varies greatly in colour, grain pattern and appearance from… Read More »

Species of the Week: Hard Maple

Our Species of the Week this Week is Hard Maple! American hard maple, growing naturally in the hardwood forests of North America, is world-renowned for its delicate colour, hardness, fine grain and finishing quality. The sapwood of hard maple is normally creamy white but can show a slight reddish/brown tinge. White sapwood lumber can be… Read More »

Species of the Week: Beech

Our Species of the Week this week is Beech! American beech is an important species within the huge family of Fagaceae in the silvicultural composition of the natural hardwood forests of North America which include oaks and chestnut, but beech is not one of the most commercially available. American beech tends to be darker in… Read More »

Species of the Week: Soft Maple

Our Species of the Week this week is Soft Maple! Soft maple, growing naturally in the hardwood forests of North America, is one of the most prolific and sustainable species, similar to hard maple but slightly softer in impact hardness. Soft maples are somewhat like hard maple, but much more variable in colour, especially from… Read More »

Species of the Week: Yellow Birch

Our Species of the Week this week is Yellow Birch! American yellow birch is one of a large group of species and is commercially the best of its group grown sustainably with a wide distribution, preferring cool regions with high rainfall. The wood of yellow birch has a distinct difference between the sap which is… Read More »

Species of the Week: Cherry

Species of the Week: Cherry! American cherry is a supreme hardwood species from the U.S. hardwood forests and is unique to North America, with warm colour tones and superb finishing qualities. The heartwood of cherry can vary from rich red to reddish brown and darkens on exposure to light with time. The sapwood is creamy… Read More »

Species of the Week: Red Oak

Species of the Week: Red Oak! American red oak is the dominant species in the U.S. hardwood forests – with distinctive grain, and wood that is not always red in colour. The name comes from the leaf colour in the fall. Red oak may be sold on the basis of ‘northern’, ‘southern’ and ‘Appalachian’. In… Read More »

Species of the Week: Ash

Our Species of the Week this week is Ash! In general ash is a light coloured wood, with sapwood varying from white to yellow and heartwood light to dark brown, sometimes with lighter streaks. The colour difference between the outer light-coloured white sapwood and inner, darker, even brown heartwood is quite distinct. Ash wood is… Read More »