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2020 Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Annual Meeting

Markets for hardwood lumber – both grade and industrial – will be discussed at the 2020 Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Annual Meeting. The business sessions will offer experts on Export Markets on Friday and Domestic Markets on Saturday. There will be receptions, networking, golf and fishing tournaments and time with industry friends during the Feb. 19-23… Read More »

Log Grading & Scaling Workshop

Two dozen people attended the first Log Grading & Scaling Workshop sponsored by Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. and the Appalachian Hardwood Center from West Virginia University. This course and demonstration introduced a new publication developed by the two groups to help landowners, loggers, sawmills, and brokers understand scaling, grading and valuing hardwood logs in the… Read More »

Release from the Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition

The U.S. hardwood industry is facing significant change driven by stiff competition from wood look-alike products, relentless misleading campaigns about the sustainability of wood products, a slowing world economy, and the ongoing U.S. trade war with China.  Markets are shrinking and businesses face an uncertain future. That is changing with a new emphasis by a… Read More »

Sterling Inc. Plant Tour

Staff from Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. and West Virginia University’s Appalachian Hardwood Center recently toured the Sterling Inc. cross-laminated timber mat plant in Phoenix, IL. Sterling has been an industrial hardwood production and distribution company for 70 years. It has sold millions of hardwood road and crane mats and pier materials across the U.S. Company… Read More »

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 »