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the guide to applications, sources and trends

Grounded in the Natural World Under the Boardwalk‌Down by the Sea Each Tree Is Like a Fingerprint A Very Cool Place to Call Home

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the guide to applications, sources and trends

Copyright© 2014 International Wood is produced annually by the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) and its CURE (Conservation, Utilization, Reforestation, Education) program. CURE is the educational outreach program of IWPA. Please direct all advertising, circulation, or subscription questions to: IWPA, 4214 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 USA PH: 703/820-6696 www.iwpawood.org

8 From the Forest – A message from the International Wood Products Association. 10 Under the Boardwalk...Down By the Sea – Australian Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) is used to repair and rebuild the fallen Atlantic City boardwalk.

18 Wood is the Ultimate 'Green' Construction Material – A conversation with Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, Chairman, Malaysian Timber Council (MTC).

64 Advertisers Index


I W PA O f f i c e r s


Chris Connelly Wood Brokerage International Vice-President

Craig Forester Rex Lumber Company Secretary/Treasurer

Bronson Newburger Clarke Veneers and Plywood Immediate Past President

Cindy Newman Newman Lumber Company I W PA S ta f f

Cindy Squires, Esq. Executive Director

Felicia Johnson, MA Editor, International Wood Manager, Membership, Marketing, & Administration

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I n t e r n at i o n a l P ly w o o d & V e n e e r s

14 Each Tree is Like a Fingerprint or a Snowflake – This state-of-the-art IWPA’s Membership Directory highlights the leading suppliers to the North American market of hardwood and softwood lumber, flooring, decking, veneer, plywood and other composite wood products. This one-stop resource guide also provides contact information for ports, shipping companies, third-party certifiers and others that are helping to advance international trade in wood products.


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32 Material of Substance – Strongly hinged, eccentrically pivoted or gently gliding into a waiting pocket with only a touch, these doors and windows are everything but usual.

35 A Very Cool Place to Call Home – This brand new home literally abounds with wood of all kinds, including both exotic and domestic species.

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44 Designed with Nature in Mind – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is a relaxing and breathtak-


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26 The Steinway Crown Jewel Collection – These pianos are encased in rare exotic

42 Lesser Known Species: Good for Business, Good for Forests – A


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46 Grounded in the Natural World – An architect takes the opportunity to meld On the Cover: Designed and installed in a theatre auditorium by Julian Taylor Design Associates and Continental Woodcraft, these huge quartered white oak panels have an eye-catching design which includes textured, copper-like metallic sheets shrouding the walls. Photography by Continental Woodcraft / A BlueHive Affiliate

beautiful exotic woods with copper, natural stone, brick and other domestic wood species in unique and different ways in this modern lake home.

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48 Wood Floors of the Year –  Presenting the NWFA Wood Floor of the Year Awards for 2013 and 2014.

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50 Koa Weds Wenge –  Chatoyant koa from Hawaii is paired with dark, straight grained wenge, also known as African rosewood, in this sculpted bench created by student woodcrafter Jim Zink.

52 Shwood –  Exotic Woods Become Trendy Fashion Accessories. IWPA/CURE would like to thank the advertisers on page 64 who provided the financial support that made this publication possible. In addition, we thank the following organizations for their support and cooperation, insight and energy, in producing and distributing this annual publication: The American Home Furnishings Alliance, Architectural Woodwork Institute, ARE-Association for Retail Environments, Moulding & Millwork Producers Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Wood Flooring Association, North American Wholesale Lumber Association and the Sarawak Timber Associationn.

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From the Forest 2014 has been an exciting year at IWPA and the articles we have assembled for this 11th edition of International Wood cover many of the cutting-edge innovations, applications and policy initiatives that are critical to our industry and our members. From the use of “superwoods” to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to stylish wooden eyewear to the most luxurious homes and yachts, wood sourced from around the world allows specifiers to do the most amazing things. We are particularly excited that 2014 has seen our Board inaugurate a new strategic plan for IWPA. Our stated mission is to: build acceptance and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests. To accomplish this we must work to ensure that people recognize that the future of the world’s forests depends on a vibrant market for sustainable wood and wood products. I have worked closely with our Executive Director, Cindy Squires, to be active in the debate taking place around the world about the best ways to ensure the health and vitality of our forests. Both Cindy and I have travelled extensively to meetings in Indonesia, Malaysia, South America, and Europe to discuss how to promote the use of this wonderful resource while ensuring that forests support vibrant and sustainable communities worldwide. We are also working to ensure that markets recognize the benefits of sustainably harvested wood and incentivize the use of these products. Currently, several members of the World Trade Organization are moving forward with negotiations on an Environmental Goods Agreement that would eliminate tariffs on specified green goods. IWPA has worked from the outset to advocate for the inclusion of certified wood products, which we see as the Ultimate Green Good. To learn more with these important initiatives, we are hopeful that you will join us next spring for our annual World of Wood conference from March 18 – 20 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. We have worked hard to assemble a list of presenters and panels that will ensure you have the information you need to navigate the current business and regulatory environment. Las Vegas’ many exciting distractions will have to wait until our events wrap up each evening! Thank you for your continued support of IWPA and we look forward to each opportunity to work with you to help your business grow. Sincerely,













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The forests provide a natural, wondrous and renewable palette of wood species in an amazing multitude of colors and grain patterns. There are literally thousands of species globally that spark the imagination of our readers. Each edition of International Wood provides insight into the wide range of projects that successfully incorporate imported species. We have made every effort to identify the species referenced in this edition by its more common name and Genus species below. Clearly communicate your needs with a U.S. importer, manufacturer or supplier who can best assist you in locating the most appropriate species for your project.. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

African Etimoe (Copaifera spp.) African Pommelé (Entandrophragma cylindricum) Angelique (Dicorynia guianensis) Anigre (Pouteria spp.) Australian walnut (Juglans regia) Balau, Red (Shorea spp.) Birch, Karlian (Betula spp.) Brazilian Cherry/Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril ) Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) Bubinga (Guibourtia spp.) Cambara (Erisma uncinatum) Cedar, Spanish (Cedrela odorata) Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata) East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) Ebony (Diospyros spp.) Ekki (Platymiscium spp.) Eveuss (Klainedoxa gabonensis) Figured Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum) Garapa ( Apuleia leiocarpa) Greenheart (Chlorocardium rodiei ) Ipé (Tabebuia spp.) Kempas (Koompassia malaccensis) Khaya/African mahogany (Khaya spp.) Macassar ebony (Diospyros spp.) Maccaranduba (Platymiscium spp.) Makore (Tieghemella heckelii ) Maple ( Acer spp.) Massaranduba/Brazilian Redwood (Manilkara spp.) Meranti/Lauan (Shorea spp.) Merbau (Intsia spp.) Morado (Machaerium scleroxylon) Padauk (Pterocarpus spp.) Pau ferro (Machaerium spp.) Purpleheart (Peltogyne spp.) Red grandis (eucalyptus grandis) Rosewood (Dalbergia spp.) Rosewood, Madagascar (Dalbergia baroni ) Santos Rosewood/pau ferro (Machaerium spp.) Sapele (Entandrophragma spp.) Teak (Tectona grandis) Tigerwood ( Astronium graveolens) Walnut (Juglans spp.) Wenge (Millettia laurentii ) Zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis) Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra)


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Under the Boardwalk

...Down by the Sea

Photo cou r tesy o f FE M A / K e n n e th Wil s e y

Ipe, Cumaru, Maccaranduba and Ekki belong to a group of tropical hardwoods known as “superwoods.” These species have long been prized for heavy-duty applications such as decking, bridges, boardwalks, piers, marinas and other uses in unforgiving environments.


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n the early 1970s, Timber Holdings USA, currently headquartered in Bedford, NH, pioneered the naturally durable hardwood market in the U.S. by introducing Australian Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) to repair and rebuild the fallen Atlantic City boardwalk. Originally fabricated of old growth domestic softwoods such as pine and fir, many of the famed Jersey Shore boardwalks had deteriorated badly under the continuous onslaught of wind, waves, weather and pedestrian usage. Several attempts to use treated pine as a replacement material yielded an average service life of only five years and resulted in significant maintenance costs to boardwalk communities. In the 1980s, Ipe (Tabebuia spp.), sometimes called Brazilian walnut, gained favor as a less costly but equally durable alternative to Jarrah. Later on, Cumaru (Dipteryx odorata) or Brazilian teak, Maccaranduba (Platymiscium spp.), Ekki (Platymiscium spp.) and Greenheart (Chlorocardium rodiei) also became popular for construction/reconstruction of boardwalks and piers. “Because of their superior life cycle performance in severe environments, these hardwoods gradually began to replace many of the softwood boardwalks all along the Eastern Seaboard,” according to Brian Lotz, Director of Business Development for Timber Holdings USA, which markets superwoods under the brand name Iron Woods®.

Photos cou r tesy ofTimb er Holdings USA

According to ASTM testing, tropical hardwoods are valued not only for their beauty, versatility, strength and durability, but also for their natural resistance to fire as well as decay caused by fungus, termites and marine borers. They are among the hardest and most durable of building materials and as resistant to fire as concrete and steel. “While domestic softwoods can be chemically treated to become resistant to either fire or rot, you cannot treat for both perils,” Lotz said. Moreover, the natural service life of many superwoods exceeds their natural growth cycle. Even when damaged, they can usually be reclaimed, reused or recycled. Tropical hardwoods can be used successfully in outdoor settings without chemical preservatives. This is important because it reduces the potential for chemicals and pesticides used to preserve lumber from being released into the environment.

Superstorm Sandy: Total Chaos and Unprecedented Destruction Periodically, hurricanes have damaged or even destroyed boardwalks along the Eastern Seaboard. However, when Superstorm Sandy thundered up the East Coast on October 29, 2012, she blasted away virtually every boardwalk along the entire coastline. Among the beachfronts that required extensive reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy were Long Beach, Jones Beach, Coney Island, Far Rockaway, Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Liberty Island, Robert Moses State Park and several others. Altogether, more than 2 million board feet of decking was installed after the hurricane. Almost half was used to rebuild Long Beach’s 2.2-mile long oceanfront walkway. Because local authorities opted to use Ipe for the project, Long Beach’s boardwalk is stronger, safer and more durable than the original 1907 seaside platform and it does not require the constant maintenance and upkeep that the old boardwalk required. Some of the Atlantic beachfront communities employed lumber salvaged from damaged boardwalks in their reconstruction programs. The reclaimed boards included a hardwood hodgepodge of Angelique (Dicorynia guianensis), Teak (Tectona grandis), Ipe, Cumaru, Greenheart, along with pine and fir. New amenities including seating and handrails on Coney Island’s 1000-foot long Steeplechase Pier were fashioned from reclaimed Ipe. Boards from the 5.5-mile long Rockaway Boardwalk, originally built in the 1920s, were incorporated into new decking and seating, among other applications.

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Ipe vs. Composite Decking As rebuilding of so many miles of boardwalk started, so did the debate about whether to use composite decking or Ipe. The truth of the matter is that no material is perfect. In many instances, the debate was not based on science and research but rather on emotion and assumptions. Many activists protested local municipalities who proposed rebuilding with Ipe, arguing that the use of this wood was causing deforestation in developing countries. This is just not so. Another popular argument was that composite decking is more environmentally friendly because it is from recycled materials. While this is in fact true, that statement does not tell the whole story. Imagine living off of the land in the area where you were born. You’re a farmer but the soil can be fickle and often you have to clear trees from new tracts of land by burning them to plant crops in a new area. Thankfully, this is not the only choice for many now. With markets developed for wood species such as Ipe, these same lands can support sustainable forestry. These communities now have the choice to cut some of the trees on the land, but in a way that continues to keep forests intact while offering an alternative source of income. Strong markets for wood products have helped to preserve forests in developing nations, not take them down. Non-Governmental Organizations have developed several certification schemes that allow producers to prove that harvesting is carried out in a sustainable manner. RECYCLED DOESN’T MEAN NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

No life cycle analysis has ever been completed specifically comparing Ipe decking to composite decking. When an analysis was completed in 2012 looking at the environmental impacts of composite decking for the entire time of use, the picture was not as perfect as some would have you believe. Yes, composite decking is made out of recycled materials. This makes it seem like an environmentally friendly product. This decking product is made out of recycled plastic shopping bags, wood mill waste and old pallets, which is pretty neat. The problem with composite decking is that all of the environmentally friendly aspects are concentrated in materialsourcing. Once you factor in the high environmental impacts of the fossil fuels required to manufacture composite decking, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, the overall impact of composite decking products is much higher than its supporters would have you to believe. n NOTE: The research cited can be viewed at: http://www.vhn.org/pdf/LCA-ACQ-terras.pdf


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Photos cou r tesy ofTimb er Holdings USA


Each individual borough or municipality specified the type of material to be used in the reconstruction of its boardwalk and other seaside structures, according to Lotz. “The decision was usually based primarily on cost,” he said. “But in some communities, there was heated debate about whether to rebuild with wood, some sort of synthetic material, or concrete where the platform would be considered a promenade and not a boardwalk.” “For most communities, the choice came down to Ipe,” Lotz said. “Ipe is the best of the best. It is price-competitive, fire resistant, pest resistant, and it remains extremely stable from green to dry. What’s not to love about Ipe?” “The only drawback to Ipe is that it comes in random lengths,” Lotz noted. “It is impossible to obtain large volumes of single length pieces of Ipe. It is up to designers to incorporate the random lengths into their boardwalk designs.” For this reason, some communities chose to use other tropical hardwoods. For instance, Atlantic City specified single length boards and selected Cumaru for their rebuild. Ravi Francis, from the Army Corps of Engineers explained in a memo why tropical hardwoods in general, and Ipe in particular, are ideal for boardwalks. Francis’ memo stated, “Among the alternatives, none have the density of the Ipe/Bethabara/ Cumaru tropical hardwoods from Latin America.”

The memo continued: “Ipe has natural oil that keeps bugs and borers out. It is resistant to mildew, decay and unaffected by sea or salt air, making it ideal for coastal construction. In addition, Ipe is easily maintained. Ipe can be easily cleaned with a pressure washer and lightly coated with tropical deck finishes to maintain its natural appearance. Ipe can be left to naturally weather to a consistent light silver appearance. Since it contains no added harmful chemicals, it can be used near any body of water without the risk of contamination.” Other sources have also validated the superior performance of tropical hardwoods for boardwalk decking and affirmed that the superwood species meet the criteria set forth under the “Buy American Act.” Clearly, there are many compelling reasons why naturally durable tropical hardwoods are the material of choice for America’s boardwalks. In addition, as Lotz points out, “There’s really nothing else that looks, feels or even smells quite like a true wooden boardwalk.” IW Brian Lotz/Timber Holdings USA

Photo cou r tesy o f FE M A / K e n n e th Wil s e y

A few days before the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, local officials cut the ribbon to open the completed boardwalk to the public.

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Each Tree is Like a Fingerprint or a Snowflake


Photos cou r tesy of Interwo od For est Products

he Interwood Architectural Design Studio includes a complete wood library, a sample room where woods of virtually all species and every imaginable color, grain and figure type are available, along with an ultra-modern design studio.

Interwood Forest Products has created a state-of-the-art architectural design studio in its Shelbyville, Kentucky facility where designers, architects and project managers can see, touch and compare a vast inventory of woods and veneers and collaborate on design projects.


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“We created the Architectural Design Studio to showcase our expansive inventory of exotic wood offerings and present our capabilities directly to end users,” said Rick Banas, Vice President of Interwood Forest Products. There are project design teams and artisans who may be looking for that special, rare wood for a truly unique application.” Interwood Forest Products is a leader in high-end architectural grade veneers and lumber with a selection that includes some of the rarest and finest woods in the world. Previously, the company marketed primarily through retailers. “Now users can come straight to the source and get hands-on access to our extensive inventory of exceptional veneers. We have created a setting where they can experience the woods, learn about them, compare them and be inspired by them,” he said. Interwood handles many unique, one-of-a-kind specimens. “Woods and veneers of this caliber really must be seen, handled and experienced to be appreciated,” Banas says. “Each tree is like a fingerprint or a snowflake.” He described a highly figured Australian walnut (Juglans regia) tree valued at $740,000. “The wood was just gorgeous,” he said. “It was big, clean, colorful and elaborately figured. The guy who bought it designed aircraft interiors and he used Australian walnut in corporate jets, yachts and other high-end applications.” Another singular piece Banas recalls was a Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra) log that had amazing ears and a deeply marbled grain such that it resembled a landscape. Ziricote is a hard, heavy, strong wood native to Central America. It has unusual irregular wavy black streaks, lines and variegations on a tan background. “The log was purchased by a brain surgeon who thought it looked like the inside of a brain. He just fell in love with it and decided to panel his home with it.”

Other notable species in the Interwood portfolio include distinctive cuts of African Etimoe (Copaifera spp.), a reddish brown wood with a curly fiddleback grain pattern; Makore (Tieghemella heckelii), which can have mottled, curly or wavy grain patterns; Anigre (Pouteria spp.), a golden or pinkish hued wood from Africa with a curly or mottled grain; and unusual cuts of ebony, bubinga, sycamore, maple and rosewood. “Some of these are intricately figured and just breathtakingly beautiful,” says Banas. “There are some 75 different figure types, including bird’s eye, fiddleback, pomele (waterfall), dimpled, quilted and even bear’s claw. Each one imparts a distinct look and texture to the wood. There are also burls and clusters which add another whole dimension to the wood’s character. Woods are as nuanced and complex as any art form.” Architects and designers use these extraordinary pieces on very upscale projects such as the Khalifa Tower in Dubai, for which Interwood supplied Santos Rosewood (Machaerium spp.) used in the lobbies of the penthouse floors. Other applications where such singular pieces appear are in high-end residences, elite private jets and yachts, automobile interiors, office C-suites, theaters and exclusive resorts where they often make powerful, dramatic statements. “These are not commodity woods,” Banas says. “They are gems, and photo images simply do not do justice to them. Virtually, all of the senses are involved in the appreciation of woods of this quality, especially the most rare, intricate woods. You really have to get a complete sense of their nature and individuality. That’s why we created the studio and the other resources so that users can experience them fully and understand their full potential.”

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“With the showroom, library and design studio, we are able to serve as a total resource where architects and designers can find inspiration and insight. Truly, some of these veneers just knock your socks off,” Banas says. Interwood also produces a 300-plus page veneer book that contains more than 200 wood species sorted by colors, figure types, grain patterns and other features. The book serves as a bible for designers and architects, providing detailed information about each species, a dictionary of terms of the wood trade in five languages, sections on veneer production and slicing methods, conversion tables and more. Users can also request “live samples” from Interwood’s extensive wood library. “We want to invite users to come to us with their vision. They can start by calling or emailing us. We schedule meetings and work with them, providing tools, sample materials and expertise to help them bring that vision to life and create amazing works of artistry using one of nature’s greatest gifts – wood.” IW Rick Banas/Interwood Forest Products

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Wood is the Ultimate “Green” Construction Material A conversation with Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, Chairman, Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)

“To understand the durability of wood and how it has stood the test of time, one needs to look no further than the Horyuji Temple in Nara, Japan which is officially the world’s oldest wooden building,” Dagang said. Dendrochronological studies of the wood in that structure have shown that it came from trees felled in AD 594. “Contrary to what modern society believes, wood, applied and maintained correctly can, in fact, outlast other materials such as steel and concrete. Another fine example in Malaysia is a wooden Palace called Seri Menanti in the state of Negeri Sembilan which has stood steady for 105 years and counting!” Wood Imprisons Carbon, and More

“With the increasing emphasis on ‘green’ construction or sustainable building, there is a greater need for resources that significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a building, while enhancing the quality and cost-efficiency of a project and ensuring the comfort and safety of its occupants, over the entire lifetime of the building“ Dagang said. “As a building material that is renewable, carbon neutral and amenable to advanced engineering specifications, incorporating wood into a building’s design is one of the easiest ways to reduce a project’s environmental impact and cost (e.g., through pre-fabricated wood sections that can be easily installed on-site 18

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to reduce construction time). Why? Because wood is the only building material that stores atmospheric carbon.” Here are some facts that illustrate his point: 1. The carbon that is absorbed by trees in their lifetime remains “imprisoned” in the wood; 2. On average, a single tree is capable of “locking” up to a whole ton of carbon during its lifetime; 3. When trees die and the wood rots, the absorbed carbon will return to the air, contributing to CO2 buildup in the atmosphere. By harvesting trees before they die of old age, the carbon remains locked up and is prevented from returning to the atmosphere. Hence, incorporating wood in a design can easily lower the carbon footprint of any project, be it for structural or decorative purposes. Wood also requires a lot less energy for processing compared to other building materials. For example, trees require 1.5 mJ/kg of energy to turn into wooden building materials compared to 435 mJ/kg of energy needed to transform bauxite to aluminum. Material

Bauxite ➔ Aluminum

Photos cou r tesy of M a l aysi a n Timb e r Co u n cil

Unfortunately, wood is sometimes under-appreciated by members of the architectural, design and construction fraternity. This issue is exacerbated by misconceptions that wood is not a sophisticated, versatile or durable building material. This is far from the truth as wood is one of the world’s top performing construction materials. Tried and tested over centuries, its inherent beauty, strength and durability has seen it remain as one of the favorite choices of building material among many architects and engineers. International Wood asked Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, Chairman of the Malaysian Timber Council, for his perspective on the ability of wood to meet and exceed today’s highest architectural and engineering standards.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research by renowned entities such as the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2002, the UK Building Research Establishment in 2002 and the U.S. Consortium for Research on Renewable Materials in 2004 have all shown wood’s cradle-to-grave ecological quotient to be superior to that of steel, concrete and plastics. In 2012, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) published a report of the first stage of its LCA of rough-sawn kiln-dried American hardwood lumber. The report contains data on the environmental profile of U.S. rough-sawn, kiln-dried hardwood lumber using a comprehensive set of environmental impacts, from point of harvest in the U.S. through to delivery at the importers yard in major export markets. It provides quantitative data on Global Warming Potential, Acidification Potential, Eutrophication Potential, Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential and Ozone Depletion Potential. If similar LCA’s were conducted on other building materials to examine their environmental impact, wood would come out tops and win hands-down in each of these categories. Energy required for conversion of raw material into usable building form (mJ/kg)


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Wood R&D Supports a Compelling Case

Developments and advancements in engineered wood products and treatments such as termite resistance and fire retardation have opened up more options for incorporating wood into the built environment. “In key areas – acoustics, thermal performance and strength – wood is capable of not just fulfilling a wide range of technical specifications, but also providing solutions for both form and function that is not easily matched by other materials,” Dagang said. Wood also has a high strength-to-weight ratio. For the same strength required for a given structure, the weight of the wood material to be used can be as much as 16 times less than steel or five times less than concrete. This is also the reason why Glulam (or glued-laminated wood) is often specified for large-span areas, enabling innovative pillar-less construction, including curved dimensions for public projects like indoor stadiums and hospitals. Glulam is a highly engineered product that is flexible, stronger but lighter than steel, fire resistant and, most importantly, ecologically sustainable. In Southeast Asia, MTC has been an advocate and promoter of Glulam since 2005 and strongly believes that this engineered product has a huge potential to create an exciting growth in the Malaysian timber and construction industry. Glulam

has been used to create vehicular bridges, public pavilions, large span building, and Olympic stadiums, fulfilling even the most demanding design, engineering and safety requirements. In promoting the use of more wood as part of eco-friendly construction practices, MTC has been spearheading efforts to introduce Glulam in Malaysia by encouraging collaborations between the private and public sectors, like the Malaysian Public Works Department. Going Vertical with Wood

In the last century alone, wood has repeatedly risen to ever-higher design and engineering expectations in ways that no other material has. Major wood-based projects in Europe such as the Metropol Parasol (Spain), the Cutty Sark Pavilion (UK), the Sheffield Winter Garden (UK), the Centre Pompidou (France) and the Hannover Convention Centre (Germany) invigorate the imagination with their creative contours that not only turn heads, but also challenge the public’s preconceived ideas and values about wood and invite both converts and skeptics alike to really open their hearts and minds to its infinite possibilities in enhancing man’s spatial and built-form experience. Wood engineering research thus far has proven tall wooden buildings can be

lightweight, efficient structures with the potential to respond dynamically to turbulent wind load. For example, the nine-story ‘Stadthaus Apartments’ in London exclusively used Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) walls with a two-hour fire rating. It is the first of its kind and height with its loadbearing walls, floor slabs, as well as stair and lift cores made entirely of wood. The tower houses 29 apartments. CLT’s technical strength is similar to pre-cast concrete, but the advantages of wood lie in its lighter weight, thermal properties and a production process that is a lot less CO2-emitting compared to concrete and steel. In short, CLT is a durable, strong, versatile and sustainable alternative to conventional structural materials. In August 2013, the Stadthaus was overtaken in Australia by Melbourne’s ‘The Forté’, now officially the world’s tallest residential building built in wood. ‘The Forté’, sited in Victoria Harbour in Melbourne, houses 23 boutique apartments. Its frame was built using CLT, while the walls, floors and ceiling were all made of solid wood. CLT proves that wood, with its high strength-toweight ratio, is strong and yet light enough for safe vertical construction. It is also natural and provides a warmer living experience that is appreciated by many.

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Dagang is clearly passionate about wood as a material. “Wood is exciting and inspirational. It performs on so many levels. It is aesthetically beautiful and easily sourced. Building in wood is one of the most ecofriendly solutions for housing the earth’s growing population. It is the only building material that can be grown, requiring no special infrastructure apart from what nature readily provides – soil, water and the sun.” It has been estimated that at the current rate urbanization in the modern world will reach 70 percent by 2040. Forward thinking urban architects in many countries are already developing blueprints for constructing high-rises in wood. As a building material, once its technical and inherent properties are adequately understood, it is only a matter of imagination for wood to exceed design and performance expectations. ‘Green’ design is increasingly becoming a pre-requisite for modern-day construction. Building owners and developers are becoming more discerning with genuine interest for built forms that support sustainable choices: from certified building materials to smart energysaving devices and recyclable resources. “The desire for incorporating ‘greener’ alternatives into personal and commercial choices has also gained traction in Malaysia. As one of the countries in the world with a significant amount of land still covered in natural forest and strong forestry policies, Malaysia is able to act as a supplier of sustainable tropical wood,” said Dagang. Under its sustainable forest management practices, forest species are being re-planted continuously to not just absorb CO2 as they grow, but also to support the nation’s socioeconomic activities. Malaysia is in the process of establishing 375,000ha of fast-growing forest plantations by the year 2020 to supplement the country’s raw material needs. Dagang concluded, “For as long as there is a human need for the built form, wood will continue to amaze with its versatility and capacity to be bent, carved, conditioned, glued, joined, oiled, laminated, nailed, painted, peeled, polished, sanded, sawn, screwed, sliced, turned, treated and varnished to suit any design specification. Whatever the requirements, there will always be a wood species to suit any design style at any time. Versatile, durable, warm, sustainable, eco-friendly, beautiful and natural, wood is also timeless.” IW

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Dream Lodges The Event Accommodation for Discriminating Fans Music festivals have come a long way since the days of Woodstock when young people watched their idols perform while huddled under tarps, crowded in primitive tents or from Volkswagen Microbuses mired in muddy fields. Music festivals today are highly organized and offer not only great entertainment, but also luxurious accommodations and extraordinary sensory experiences.


ast July, more than 380,000 fans enjoyed music, dancing and stunning visuals at Tomorrowland, a popular electronic music festival that takes place annually in the town of Boom, Belgium, about 20 miles north of Brussels. In September 2013, an American spin-off known as TomorrowWorld was held at the Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, 30 miles southwest of Atlanta. Promoters hope to eventually take the Tomorrowland festival concept worldwide to countries including Brazil, South Africa, China and elsewhere. At the Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld festivals, attendees can choose from a range of accommodation alternatives, including the option to stay in a custom-made Dream Lodge set in an attractive master-planned Dream Village. Dream Lodges are luxurious, high-end furnished tents with full-size beds, storage compartments, comfortable furniture and spacious terraces. Dream Lodge accommodation also includes access to a swimming pool, hot tub, landscaped areas to sit, gather and relax and other community amenities. The Dream Lodges were fabricated at a factory in Samarinda on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Wood United PTE, a Singapore-based supplier of timber and premium timberbased products, built the Dream Lodging units using 100% FSC tropical hardwoods from Indonesia, including Red Balau and Meranti Batu (Shorea ssp.) species. Photos cou r tesy of Wo o d U nite d P te .


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Red Balau is an extremely dense, tight grained wood that ranges in color from straw to dark reddish brown. The Meranti Batu used in construction of the Dream Lodges is a moderately coarse textured wood that ranges in tone from pale pink to deep, rich reddish brown. These hardwood species are known for their strength, durability and beauty, and are ideal for decking, flooring and other outdoor usage. The timber is harvested from well-managed permanent forests that are maintained through a program of sustainable forest management under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) system. This certification ensures that the forests can regenerate and maintain biodiversity. This program is overseen, coordinated and supervised by external forestry auditors in combination with the Forestry Department of the Indonesian Government. Wood components of the Dream Lodges include decking platforms, stairs, poles, beds, chairs, tables and small vaults to hold valuables. The project involved making tens of thousands of parts, large and small. Crews worked around the clock for more than two months to complete the project. The modular design of the units makes them versatile and fully adjustable. “One of the most important things about the Dream Lodges is that they are moveable and can be set up quickly,” said Timothy Paul, Group Director of Wood United. “They are designed to be set up in meadows on uneven ground. You can easily pick the units up with a fork lift, position and attach the adjustable legs to level them and make them stable.

Andrighetti Legnami Spa Business History Andrighetti Legnami Spa is an Italian company that was founded in the early 1960’s to become a leader in the production and distribution of exotic wood around the world. Today, the Andrighetti Group consists of a warehouse in Italy and two sawmills in Ivory Coast. These facilities allow for efficient supply chain management and excellent quality control in Eastern Europe and Croatia for the sale of European broadleaves through Andrighetti Legnami Hrvatska d.o.o. In 2013 a brand new plant was opened in Youpougon, Ivory Coast for the production of laminated wood for window and door scantlings in Acajou, Niangon, Framiré and Sapele species. All materials are certified for durability and strength and give a guarantee of performance for use in windows, doors and nonsupporting beams. The Andrighetti Group is dedicated to the development of new products, improvement of quality standards and effective forest management for environmental sustainability.

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They are structurally strong and therefore very safe.” The Tomorrowland Dream Village includes approximately 400 units and sleeps over 900 people in two- and four-bed configurations. After a festival, the units can be quickly disassembled, packed into 40-foot containers and stored or shipped to the next festival location. In 2013, the Tomorrowland Dream Village sold out in just three hours. “These are comfortable, attractive and relaxing accommodations that provide a first-rate camping experience,” says Paul. “They offer all the things people enjoy about camping without the hassles. The fact that they are made of high-quality natural materials and crafted in an environmentally responsible way is also appealing to festival goers,” he added. The popularity of the Dream Lodges has led to requests from other special event and festival producers to design similar accommodations. “We have also received inquiries from several eco-tourism groups and resort developers. This type of accommodation is much less costly to build than a resort hotel at a fixed location and offers a much more rapid return on investment,” said Paul. Since 2008, Wood United has produced and shipped standard wood products such as residential decking, truck flooring, moldings and timber for exterior doors and windows. Recently, Wood United provided Indonesian rubberwood for the staircases at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as South American Ipe for the Kuwait Police Academy and wood for the Marina Bay Sands Casino and Santosa Resort in Singapore. “So much more can be done with timber if people think outside of the box,” says Paul. “We are excited to explore new applications and proud to show people all over the world that wood is still a cool product.” IW Timothy Paul/Wood United Pte. LtD.


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Steinway & Sons pianos have long been acclaimed for their striking beauty, amazing sound quality and investment value. The pianos in Steinway’s Crown Jewel collection are encased in rare, exotic wood veneers which give them a truly extraordinary beauty.


nly the finest, most magnificent woods are used in Steinway & Son’s Crown Jewel collection. These handcrafted works of art are shrouded in rare, exotic wood veneers sourced from around the world, including species such as Macassar Ebony (Diospyros celebica), Kewazinga Bubinga (Guibourtia spp.), Santos Rosewood (Machaerium spp.), East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), African Pommelé and Figured Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum). Creating the Crown Jewel piano is a painstaking process that requires up to seven months and involves many skilled hands. Steinway’s craftspeople select the woods for their exquisite color and grain from samples provided by international brokers. They meticulously match the grain from one end of the piano to the other, including across the beveled edge of the lid so that the surfaces appear seamless. Using only veneer from the same flitch to ensure a consistent look across the instrument, an artisan precisely matches the grains of the veneer leaves. The veneer is edge-glued into sheets and pressed onto a substrate base to form panels. The panels are cured for several weeks to allow the veneer to dry and stabilize before they are cut to the specific size and shape needed for application onto the instrument. Before a final finish is applied, the surfaces are sanded, stained and scrupulously color matched. The end result is an astoundingly beautiful, one-of-a-kind piano worthy to be considered a Crown Jewel.

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Greg Sims, Steinway’s Engineering Manager, notes that the veneering process is purely an aesthetic application that has no bearing on the tone or sound quality of the instrument. “Most of the Crown Jewels we make are grand pianos,” he says. “People consider them art pieces as well as musical instruments and they often become a focal point for a great room or an elegant lobby.” For example, a custom Crown Jewel piano was handcrafted for the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. Working with delicate veneers can be tricky. “In certain atmospheric conditions, the veneer becomes dry and very fragile,” Sims said. He also noted that some types of exotic woods present particular challenges. “Teak, for example, is extremely oily which makes it difficult to ensure the glue joints. East Indian Rosewood is also an oily

wood and we apply a special treatment to make sure the glue penetrates completely to achieve good adhesion.” The most popular types of wood used in the Crown Jewel collection are Macassar Ebony, Kewazinga Bubinga and East Indian Rosewood, according to Sims. Macassar Ebony, at roughly $18 per square foot, is currently the most costly veneer used in the collection, followed by East Indian Rosewood. The Steinway Crown Jewel crafting team is currently experimenting with a new concept of contrasting light and dark Macassar Ebony. “It’s a very different appearance from the straight grained Macassar Ebony we have traditionally used,” Sims says. “It is stunningly beautiful and quite popular in Europe. We are keen to see how the uptake will be in the U.S.” IW Steinway & Sons


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Examples of the exotic wood species used in the Steinway Crown Jewel collection: Mahogany



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is sourced from Central and South America. It varies in color from golden to deep red-brown. Irregular grain patterns produce attractive figures such as fiddleback, blister, stripe and mottle. Patterns range from straight to wavy or curly.



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is a very large West African timber. It is distinguished by its vibrant red color, streaked with dark purple, and its conspicuous pores. Kewazinga Bubinga is highly valued for architectural and design woodwork as well as fine cabinetry.

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is an exquisite comes from sourced from also known as dark redBelize. This southern India French Rosewood, brown wood treasured and Sri Lanka. is endemic to the distinguished wood has large, This distinctive island of Sulawesi by its stripe and irregular pores wood is dark in the East Indies. “bee’s wing” that vary both in brown to ebony A prized wood, pattern. The size and position. in color and is it is often used grain varies Shades of dark often streaked for inlays and considerably, with brown range with red or yellow. other ornamental highly lustrous from chocolate The pattern work. Its color light stripes. to violet, with features small to ranges from dark Figured Sapele is conspicuous black medium pores brown to black, found in Nigeria streaks. in wavy lines, with many of and the Ivory with occasional the logs streaked Coast. crotches and with yellowish swirls. brown or gray. Grain markings are fine and very indistinct.

African Pommelé , sometimes known as Pommelé Sapele, is native to the highland forests of southcentral Africa and is prized for its rich colors and patterns. Dark reddish brown or purplish brown, African Pommelé has a lustrous, wavy, uniform figuring.

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Top entertainment venues integrate innovative design, masterful engineering, and quality materials.

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A new entertainment destination has debuted in Cherry Hill, Massachusetts. This location incorporates a first-class cinemagraphic experience with a fine dining experience set in an elegant environment of rich, lustrous exotic woods. Davios Cucina, a Northern Italian steakhouse, shares its premises in the Cherry Hill Shopping Center with Showcase Cinemas, which operates six auditoriums at the 40,000 square foot site. In addition to gourmet dining and the latest in Hollywood entertainment, guests can indulge themselves with premium reserved-seating, valet parking, in-seat dining throughout the movie and additional amenities. Each motorized theater seat is equipped with an electronic tablet to order food and beverages and a call button to summon a server. The customer experience is further enhanced by the elegant mahogany and rift white oak surroundings which make up the interior dÊcor throughout the venue. The two-story lobby paneling as well as the restaurant’s bar, banquette seating, moldings and window frames are all faced in dark, rich mahogany. Inside the restaurant, a climate-controlled wine room features mahogany wine racks and paneling. In addition, the chef’s serving and carving tables and the pizza station, salad bar and other fixtures all have solid mahogany tops.

“The lobby, bar area and restaurant together contain 5,000 board feet of mahogany,” according to Glen Martin, Production Manager at Continental Woodcraft, the QCP certified architectural millwork firm that fabricated and installed the site’s interior wood work. The theater box office features rift white oak paneling. In the theater auditoriums, huge quartered white oak panels are synched with large textured copper-like metallic sheets shrouding the walls and creating thrilling haptic poetry. Designed by Julian Taylor of Julian Taylor Design Associates, the environment envelops patrons in a rich sensory cascade of sights, sounds, textures, scents and tastes – truly a somesthetic feast. “Installing the massive wood and metal lobby panels was quite a challenge,” noted John Lasell, project manager and Chief Engineer at Continental Woodcraft. “These are very heavy, dense, floor-to-ceiling panels. Each panel weighs between 400 and 500 pounds. The panels were secured to the walls with a concealed z-clip system. 15,000 LF or close to three miles of 3-½" x 1-½" thick solid rift oak batten was pre-assembled to the panels in the shop. It was a tricky engineering job to rig the panels and then hoist and clip them to the walls.” Another challenge the team faced was expediting approvals in order to meet the project’s tight deadline. The project was drafted in December 2012 and completed by April 2013, a fast-tracked four-month installment.

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It called for coordination among the project’s Principal Architect, Ron Stotser of Stotser and Associates, based in Columbus, Georgia; Steve Todisco of Restaurant Design Group, based in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, who designed the bar and restaurant portion of the project and specified the mahogany applications throughout Davios Cucina; Julien Taylor of Julien Taylor Design Associates, based in Romsey, England, who designed the theater interiors and specified the rift white oak application; and the architectural millwork team from Continental Woodcraft, which is based in Worcester, Massachusetts. “We’re very proud of how it turned out especially given that it was completed in just four months,” noted Martin. “The project looks spectacular, a real showplace.” “People are just amazed when they walk in and see it,” added Architect Ron Stotser. “The interior wood creates a very warm, inviting atmosphere. The wood panels are perfectly integrated with the metal facings and it’s like being surrounded by a beautiful, rich, textured tapestry.” Guests at the Cherry Hill Center are treated to a full entertainment experience in an environment of elegance, quality and personalized service – a luxurious, multi-sensory feast for all the senses. IW Continental Woodcraft/A BlueHive Affiliate

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“Designing all aspects of our clients’ homes, from the inside to exterior, is where Kelly [Denk] and I draw our passion. In addition to individual residences, Vetter/Denk also designs office, multi-family and mixed-use buildings. We are also involved in real estate development, with a focus on waterfront communities,” says Vetter. “We have designed and developed new riverfront neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Our belief is that cities are enhanced by the strength of each individual neighborhood.”


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rchispec – a wood products shop located in Hartford, Wisconsin, despite its efficient size, is a fabrication force to be reckoned with. “We build oversized doors and windows,” says Daniel Ward, one of Archispec’s principals. This claim is a modest understatement as one might very easily mistake an Archispec door for a wall. Strongly hinged, eccentrically pivoted or gently gliding into a waiting pocket with only a touch, the doors and windows are everything but usual. Each new project Archispec works on is a challenge and an opportunity to apply technical skill and refined craftsmanship. Oversized windows created by Archispec don’t simply provide a view – they create a panoramic vista. Archispec’s products can be found in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New York and Wisconsin. They are also a prominent feature in popular novelist Danielle Steele’s architect-designed California home. Archispec’s presence and reputation continues to grow, as Ward says, “...by word of mouth, articles in trade magazines and other widespread publications like Dwell and Architectural Digest.”

“We’ve been busy,” says Ward. “We now serve an upper-end niche almost based purely on our ability to create oversized doors and windows. We use quality timber and cutting-edge technology to make units that open up dramatic views for our clients – instead of forcing them to settle for North American 6'-wide sliding doors. We use some appropriate American hardware from Baldwin and Hagar, but mostly employ European hardware to give our customers what they want. We’ve done extensive product testing at the Forest Products Lab at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and at the Quast Consulting and Testing lab in Wausau, Wisconsin. Under the careful eyes of professionals with extensive wood researching experience, we have seen our products consistently outperform those of our competitors.” In order to begin manufacturing the large-format, Europeandesigned hardwood windows and doors, Archispec required several specialty machines from around the world. A second-hand, large-scale Tannewitz band saw (formerly in service on a U.S. Navy ship) was acquired for the re-sawing of 12/4ths (or 3"+) timber. To retrieve a second-hand Okoma multi-purpose CNC window production unit, the Archispec team had to embark on a trip to Germany to secure the purchase. Lastly, an Italian-made, large-format pneumatic glue press was acquired to handle all oversized structures. Archispec’s primary timber supplier is Paxton Lumber of Chicago. Archispec’s most sourced materials are African mahogany and red and white oak from the Midwest. Paxton regularly ships their lengths ranging from eight to 20 feet. However, the journey from raw material to finished product is anything but simple. The steps involve re-sawing, precise planning, careful and accurate assembly of multiple spindles, profiling, cutting components, and finally, programming the Okoma. When the

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pieces are ready, a protective German-made material-enhancing finish is handled and deftly applied by Archispec’s in-house team. The stains and clear coats used are formulated to withstand the demands of the product’s location and usage, and all installations have maintenance directives included. One catalyst for the creation of Archispec’s uniquely oversized products is their 15-plus year relationship with Milwaukee-based architectural-design firm Vetter/Denk. “The 28-year-old Vetter/ Denk partnership is based on the very holistic and comprehensive approach taken with our residential clients,” says John Vetter, coprincipal of Vetter/Denk. “It is common for us to design and detail unique glazing and exterior skin applications. Additionally, we handle the complete interior design, which can include all material selections, built-ins, furniture, art glass, light fixtures and hardware. The specifications often include exotic woods, among which are Lyptus, Ipe, Garapa, Tornillo, Lacewood, Ebony, Sapele/Honduras and African mahogany.” From sustainably developed forests to Paxton Lumber’s lumberyards to Archispec’s shop floor to various Vetter/Denk projects, domestic and exotic hardwoods are playing the leading role. Alan McIlvain, Past President of IWPA, has stated, “Developing best practice standards for the specification, design and use of tropical forest products creates advances in sustainable forestry across the globe.” Increasing sustainability in foresting is important for both Archispec and Vetter/Denk, not only so their supplier-client relationship can continue to take good projects toward greatness – but so future generations of homeowners, architects and woodworkers can enjoy working with true materials of substance. IW Archispec


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round was broken for the Mitchell family’s 3,700 square foot ranch-style residence in Cummings, Georgia in June of 2013. Despite pesky zoning and rain delays hampering the construction process, the Mitchells are not out of the woods yet. Indeed, they may never be out of the woods. Their brand new home literally abounds with wood of all kinds, including both exotic and domestic species. Hal Mitchell, a self-described “wood fanatic,” selected much of the wood for the Lake Lanier home, including the sapele and red grandis which is used extensively in the home. Jillian Mitchell, a commercial interior designer, was largely responsible for the home’s interior and exterior design and many of the innovative wood applications.

Domestic and international woods compliment each other in unique applications throughout this home. Red grandis was stained to highlight the beautiful grain for the doors and casings, as well as the exterior shutters, while the porch swing is painted red grandis. Painted shiplap cypress was used for the exterior siding

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Red grandis (Eucalyptus grandis) is abundant in the residence with more than 23,000 board feet of the species throughout the home. The interior and exterior doors, Bahama shutters, base and crown moldings, door jams and casings and plinth blocks at the base of the doorways are all made of red grandis. Inside the home, eucalyptus ship wrap siding clads the walls instead of sheet rock. “We used 5,000 board feet of red grandis for the doors alone,” said Mitchell. “I even used it to build a bunk bed with a fire truck ladder for my son who is crazy about fire fighting equipment,” he added. “I became familiar with red grandis when we received a shipment of it from Uruguay in 2007,” Mitchell said. “Since the wood was not up to our quality standard, I went to Uruguay to advise the producer on improving their grading and kiln drying processes. While I was there, I just fell in love with the product.”

The barn doors show the beauty and grain detail of staining red grandis, while the interior shiplap siding highlight the smooth canvas red grandis creates when painted. This same dichotomy is noticeable in their son's bedroom (below). The custom-made bunk beds are painted red grandis, doors and custom mouldings are made from stained red grandis.


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Uruguayan red grandis is plantation grown and harvested using FSC certified forestry practices. The species resembles mahogany in hardness, density and grain structure. It is aesthetically similar to cherry, mahogany or Spanish cedar when first sawn. Over time, the wood oxidizes and its color deepens to a rich dark red. Among its positive attributes are its physical workability, stability, durability and resistance to decay. In addition, it is highly sustainable and FSC rated so availability and quality are very consistent. Another plus is that the price point is significantly less than mahogany or sapele. Mitchell, who holds a master’s degree in Wood Sciences from Virginia Tech, says, “I have always loved the beauty of hardwoods.” His passion for wood began when he was a youngster growing up on a family farm in Virginia where he and his father sawed poplar for local farmers at their sawmill. Today, Mitchell is Vice President of sales at Atlanta Hardwood Corporation. Another exotic hardwood, Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum), makes a dramatic statement in the foyer of the Mitchell home, where there is a four-paneled accent wall of quarter-sawn, ribbon-striped sapele. “The wall is somewhat of an anomaly since it’s quite different in style from the rest of the house,” Mitchell notes. “But it’s very striking and beautiful. I think it’s my favorite feature in the entire home. The panels are finished with a clear, natural finish so the sapele grain really pops and the ribbons stand out.” Besides the distinctive ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, sapele is also known for various other figured grain patterns, including pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing and fiddleback. In addition to the exotic species, there is a profusion of domestic wood applications in the Mitchell residence, including cedar shake roofing, cypress siding and decking and flat sawn sequence-matched

paneled cabinetry. A screened-in porch features western red cedar walls and flooring made from thermally modified sweet gum. The thermal modification treatment process involves heating the wood to 400 degrees to burn off sugar carbs previously locked in the wood. Once the sugar carbs are gone, the wood is no longer susceptible to decay or fungus. In addition, it turns a luscious rich chocolate color and becomes very stable. The process was used to treat the sweet gum wood of the porch and the exterior garage door of the Mitchell residence. “The house has a very natural, rustic look and feel. It’s just a wonderful, warm, comfortable place and a very cool place to call home,” notes Mitchell. IW Hal Mitchell/HardwoodWeb.com

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HENDERSON WAVES BRIDGE “We witness people enjoying every part of the project – relaxing on the timber seats and curve backings, strolling on the deck, enjoying the bridge’s evening ambient lighting and resting at the ribbed alcoves with cast rhythmic shades, as they traverse between the two existing natural parks. Everyone seems to find their own space to conduct their activities and develop a relationship with the bridge. It has become a landmark which everyone identifies with.” Dr. Liu Thai Ker / RSP Architects Planners and Engineers, Singapore


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amed after the road it crosses at an elevation of 36 meters, the Henderson Waves connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park in Singapore in a rather dramatic fashion. This 274-meter (899 ft) bridge, the highest pedestrian walkway in Singapore, has intermediate supports at 24-meter (79 ft) intervals with a central span of 57 meters (187 ft). Designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd of Singapore and the British IJP Corporation Ltd, the bridge effortlessly harmonizes itself with the natural landscape, connecting existing pathways and parks to provide natural and continuous access from both hills. The team’s design philosophy is to conceive “socially responsive and sustainable designs which create a positive impact on both people and the environment.” This philosophy underlies the conception of the organic surface form of undulating crests and troughs, inspired by the abstraction of the site’s natural topography and the brief to create a destination for spontaneous activities.

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This engineering feat of the bridge comprises four distinct sections which include seven undulating curved steel ribs; supporting hollow sectioned vibration-dampening steel frames; hardwood deck with curved balustrades, wooden seats and alcoves all made with Malaysian Balau and steel balustrades. The undulating curved steel ribs form a ‘wave’ that alternately rises over and under its deck. The curved ribs form alcoves that function as shelters hugging seats within. The bridge’s sinuous curves, designed to look like three-dimensional waves, and its 1,500-square-meter (16,145 sq ft) hardwood deck required a great variety of different modular panels to form the complex dimensions. Five thousand pieces of 70 mm (2.76") x 32 mm (1.26") Balau modular boards were used to clad the bridge in areas meant for interaction between man and material, such as the walkway, alcove seating and sidewalls. The boards were fabricated with remarkable precision using proprietary software, which provided exact dimensions of the surface at regular 500mm (20" nominal) intervals to reduce wasted material. Each board varies by a single degree every 10 meters (approx. 108 ft) and many were tapered to measure. Timber specialist Venturer Pte Ltd of Singapore supplied the Balau strips, which were certified as originating from sustainable sources by Certisource, a UK-based timber legality verification standard. The project brief called for the visible timber surfaces to appear seamless and homogeneous without showing any of the fixtures and fittings, and for the gaps between the timber strips to be narrow enough to prevent coins from slipping through. A stainless steel dowel and epoxy end-fixing method was adopted to conceal fixtures while a special “floating batten” was employed to drain water runoffs and yet prevent objects from passing through the gaps. Every effort has been worthwhile as it is indeed an emotive experience to walk across this sinuous architectural marvel, especially at night when the full length of the bridge and its sensuous waves are lit in warm LED lighting. The Henderson Waves won the Singapore President’s Award for “Design of the Year” in 2009. It is a perfect blend of timber craftsmanship with engineering know-how, resulting in a highly creative, breathtaking, functional and interactive structure for daily human use and enjoyment. IW

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Balau (Shorea) is a heavy hardwood of Strength Grade 1, also known as Selangan Batu. Sapwood is lighter in colour, sharply defined from naturally durable heartwood, which is yellow or grey-brown and darkens to deep brown on exposure. Density is 850-1,155 kg/m3. It is resistant to treatment with preservatives. Texture is fine and even, with deeply interlocked grain. It is suitable for all forms of heavy construction.

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Top Tropical Decking Species There are many excellent tropical decking species that all look and perform differently. Here are the top six tropical decking choices to consider.






any in the wood products industry agree that Ipe is an unrivaled species for decking applications. However, the price continues to climb every year. It is important to educate yourself and pay very close attention to alternative decking products and discuss additional options that are available in the market.

1. Ipe:Â No matter how you look at it, Ipe is the number one option for

decking. It is truly a magic wood that remains stable and strong in every environment. For exterior uses, Ipe does not have to be dried so the turnaround time from forest to job site is greatly reduced. As one of the hardest woods in the world, durability is never in question. Since Ipe is the premium decking wood, it can be found in many applications from boardwalks to private residences. The superior performance and high demand of course result in a higher price point. 2. Cumaru:Â This species is only slightly softer than Ipe and is often



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known as Brazilian Teak. There are two variants in circulation: yellow and red Cumaru. The red variant is more often used for decking purposes. Cumaru does have some stability issues and is prone to shrinkage. Careful kiln drying is a must to produce a good decking product. Using Cumaru in a dry climate for decking can be slightly risky because of these shrinkage issues. The red brown color is similar to Ipe, and when combined with its high density and hardness, makes Cumaru a viable alternative to Ipe. It is readily available and about 2/3 the price.

3. Tigerwood: Also known as Goncalo Alves, this decking wood is recognized for the brownish orange background and dark stripes that give it a tiger-like appearance. Over time, it will darken to a deeper reddish brown. The wood dries well and is very stable in many climates, but kiln drying is required to achieve this stability. Tigerwood is used extensively for decking but also for many interior applications. While readily available, the variegated “striping” can make assembling a deck with consistent appearance difficult. Also, its smooth texture, which feels great on bare feet, can be slippery. Ph oto co u r tesy o f e xploit space

4. Massaranduba: Also known as

Brazilian Redwood or Bullet Wood, Massaranduba is a very dense hardwood. The tree is quite large and it yields straight and consistent grained boards that are perfect for decking. It is deep red in color and can mellow with more brown upon exposure. Massaranduba is about 20% less hard than Ipe but still very durable. Drying is the weak point of this spemassaranduba cies. Splits and checks are very common during drying. Moreover, when used in dry climates like the Rockies and the Southwest, Massaranduba can all but break apart. This species is very popular in Europe due to its wetter climate as it is quite stable under these conditions. Careful climate consideration should be taken when building a deck from Massaranduba. Similar to Cumaru in price and readily available, this species can be a great alternative in certain climates.



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5. Garapa: Also known as Brazilian Oak, Garapa is another dense and hard decking species. It is unique with its lemon yellow color and creates a striking appearance. While this is a stable and effective decking product, its color is not in high demand. The hardness is about 40% less than Ipe, but still much harder than many domestic species. It is durable and carries the same class A fire ratings of many of the South American decking species. Many overcome the color issue by applying stains and dyes to make Garapa look more like Ipe. 6. Cambara: Often sold as a variant of Mahogany, Cambara does have many similar properties such as an open grain and reddish brown coloring. It is much less dense and hard when compared to the above species, but is often used as a tropical alternative to many of our domestic decking products such as Southern Yellow Pine, Redwood and Red Cedar. Cambara is stable once kiln dried and provides a much cheaper alternative as the pricing is similar to some domestic species. IW Shannon Rogers/J. Gibson McIlvain Company



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Lesser-Known Timber Species

Good for Business, Good for Forests A conversation with Amy Smith, Manager, Wood Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund


tigerwood is a great option for making an architectural statement

e’re all familiar with the beauty and durability of tree species such as afrormosia, mahogany, ipe, meranti and Spanish cedar. However, the high commercial demand for these species has put pressure on available stocks. In an effort to preserve biodiversity, countries around the world have agreed to place restrictions on trade in some of these species, while others are either hard to find in the marketplace or their sourcing can be cost prohibitive. The effort to find the “next big thing” is leading many companies to pursue so-called Lesser-Known Species (LKS) to meet and surpass their customers’ needs. IWPA sat down with Amy Smith, Manager of Wood Sector Engagement at the World Wildlife Fund, to talk about the benefits of sourcing LKS. Garapa is an attractive and durable lesser-known species

Q: Why should businesses choose to invest in sourcing Lesser-Known Species? A: There are hundreds of species in the world with similar physical and mechanical properties as traditionally harvested species, such as eveuss (Klainedoxa gabonensis), cherek and jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril), to name a few. In Cameroon, for example, 500 of the 630 tree species that have actual or potential commercial value are categorized as LKS. This is good news for wood products companies, as it allows access to a wider variety of woods that offer similar aesthetic appeal and perform just as well as many species that are already highly sought after in the marketplace. Companies benefit financially too since the cost for LKS is relatively low given that they are under-utilized and abundant.

Q: What are some of the environmental benefits of sourcing Lesser-Known Species?

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A: Companies that utilize LKS can feel good about protecting the environment because harvesting and sourcing a wider portfolio of species reduces pressure on species with high market demand. Fewer vulnerable and threatened species means higher biodiversity in forests. It also raises the value of the standing forest, which not only helps to keep it from being cleared

and converted to other uses with fewer environmental values, but will also be crucial to meeting wood demand in the long term. Sourcing LKS with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification sustains ecological, carbon, nutrient and water cycles in forests and reduces the susceptibility of tree species to diseases and fire. In order to achieve the environmental objectives of FSC certification, forest managers might have to reduce the volume of wood extracted from the forest each harvesting cycle if only high market value species are utilized, which in turn could reduce revenues in the short term. But using LKS can help managers to reach a certain threshold of wood extraction per acre that makes responsible forest management economically viable.

Q: What is WWF doing to promote LesserKnown Species? A: The Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is one of World Wildlife Fund’s initiatives to combat illegal logging and drive improvements in forest management while transforming the global marketplace into a force for saving the world’s valuable and threatened forests. GFTN works with more than 200 companies at all levels of the wood and paper supply chain in 25 countries, providing structured technical support in legal and responsible forestry and trade. One of the goals of GFTN is to enhance market uptake of LKS from credibly certified forests. To help buyers identify and locate viable alternatives to traditionally-used species, GFTN has published A Guide to Lesser Known Tropical Timber Species. The guide

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Morado, from Bolivia, offers an alternative to Brazillian Rosewood

A: Lesser-Known Species from FSC certified forests can offer companies cost-effective, aesthetically attractive and high performing replacements for species that are commercially in-demand. This has obvious business benefits and less obvious but highly significant environmental benefits. For more information, contact Amy Smith, World Wildlife Fund: amy.smith@wwfus.org IW

includes information on the key mechanical and physical properties and potential suitability of 75 LKS from Central and West Africa, Central and South America and Southeast Asia. It also shows the FSC availability of these LKS from GFTN producer participants.







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Q: Describe some of the Lesser-Known Species that have been identified in the GFTN Guide as viable alternatives to species in high commercial demand? A: Garapa (Apuleia leiocarpa) is an attractive, durable, workable and moderately stable alternative for decking and rain screen. This species is found in abundance in the Amazon and can be used to replace species like ipe or cumaru, which have long growth cycles. GFTN Bolivia and Peru participants offer FSC certified garapa, which ensures the buyer that the wood comes from a responsibly managed forest. The species known as “tigerwood” or “zebrawood” (Astronium spp.) is a great option for making an architectural statement. This striking and durable LKS from Central and South America is used for flooring, decking, cabinetry, furniture and rain screen and can provide an alternative to ebony (Diospyros spp.), a species that is listed on CITES Appendix II, which places certain restrictions on its trade. GFTN participants in Panama offer tigerwood/zebrawood harvested from FSC certified forests. Another species to consider is “morado” (Machaerium scleroxylon) from Bolivia that offers an alternative to the much sought-after Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra), a CITES Appendix I species, which means it is illegal to trade. Often referred to as Bolivian Rosewood, morado is a very durable wood that can be found in a dark violet brown with beautiful dark brown stripes and streaks. In addition to use in high end furniture, in recent years morado has been a popular choice for guitar manufacturers as a wonderful fingerboard wood, as it is stable, abrasion resistant and attractive. FSC-certified morado is available from GFTN Bolivia participants.


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Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Designed with Nature in Mind



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via 14,500 miles of waterways, all six Class-I railways, 50 ocean carriers, 16 barge lines and 75 truck lines. The Clarence Henry Truckway, a dedicated two-lane roadway on Port property, makes fast transit times even faster. The Port also offers near-dock rail and ship-to-barge services. Looking forward, the Port of New Orleans is always innovating and expanding, so you can comfortably do business here. You’ll be glad you came.




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oco Palm Bodu Hithi is situated on the private island of Bodu Hithi in North Male’ Atoll in the Maldives. This tear-shaped island, located 29km from the Male’ International Airport, is rich in vegetation with naturally designed sandy walkways and coconut trees, surrounded by white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. With such natural wonders in mind, the island resort’s 100 villas were designed to provide guests with the option of choosing between the privacy of natural island gardens in beachfront villas or incredible 360-degree ocean views from villas built on stilts, with the furthest villa located 200 meters out to sea. The spacious beachfront villas, called Island Villas, are artfully designed retreats that combine the best of traditional Maldivian design with the ultimate in personal luxury. Open, yet intimate, each villa features a master bedroom that comes with a king-size bed made of Malaysian Kempas, a bathtub sitting on Malaysian Merbau flooring and a split-level living area with comfortable seating and a personal bar. The Island Villas also feature a Balau-decked beachfront terrace that looks out to sea and a small private garden, also Balau-decked, which is equipped with sun loungers, a day bed, a swimming pool and an outdoor shower. For the villas built on stilts, guests can choose either the Water Villas, Escape Water Villas or Escape Water Residences, the latter being the most luxurious. Guests at the Water Villas can step out onto Malaysian Balaudecked terraces to lounge their cares away or dip in their own private pool. The Escape Water Villa, true to its name, provides a direct ‘escape’ for guests via Balau steps that lead straight into the sea for swimming or snorkeling. The Escape Water Residence, on the other hand, is luxuriously spacious, with a Balau-decked al fresco terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean, where guests can laze the day away on a four-poster bed or sun loungers.

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As with the Island Villas, all three types of overthe-water villas possess a timeless charm and combine elements of traditional Maldivian architecture, such as high-pitched roofs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Malaysian Kempas adorns the roofing structure while Meranti is used for the windows. The natural waterscape of the Maldives is framed perfectly by the large windows that are found in every villa. Located in the center of the island resort is the reception area, which sports a post-and-beam roofing system, made of Malaysian Merbau with Kempas trusses. The ceiling of the reception area features a dramatic web of trusses that support each other culminating in an apex and capped by a thatched roof. Concealed mood lighting lends a warm, soothing effect to the ambience. The central timber feature wall, flanked on both sides by a screen of bamboo poles, has a distinctive modern design that adds a contemporary touch to the reception area. Other public areas feature a combination of Malaysian Balau and Kempas for the roof structure. The Stars Restaurant and Bar features a simple Balau deck furnished with all-weather outdoor furniture. With a design that is minimalist and fuss-free, the décor provides a setting that complements the beautiful surrounding sea which can range in color from the deepest blue to the greenest turquoise. The restaurant, situated some 100 meters out to sea, is accessible via a boardwalk, also made of Malaysian Balau. The Stars Restaurant and Bar is located with a cluster of eateries, all of which are built on stilts in the sea. These include the all-day dining Air Restaurant, the elegant al fresco dining Aqua Restaurant, the Latitude cocktail bar and the Tsuki Japanese restaurant which features amazing sunset views. The resort’s Coco Spa sits above the crystal clear waters of the ocean, a naturally therapeutic setting for guests seeking spa treatment at the resort. Malaysian Balau is again used for the decking surrounding the spa area, where each private treatment room comes with its own pool, bath and relaxation deck. Coco Spa also features two thatched-roof yoga pavilions as well as a fully equipped fitness center, all of which are built on platforms made of Malaysian Balau. With an emphasis on conserving the environment, the resort management is committed to maintaining Coco Palm Bodu Hithi as a natural exotic island paradise. Besides employing construction techniques that are sympathetic to the environment, the use of Malaysian timbers, all sourced from sustainable sources, has also contributed significantly towards this goal. The Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Resort and many more luxury resorts enhanced by the use of Malaysian timber are featured in MTC’s triple award-winning book “ReThink: A New Paradigm for Malaysian Timber,” which showcases breathtaking projects in Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and the Maldives. Please email Mr. Andrew Kong (andrew@mtc.com.my) or Ms. Kuraibah Zakaria (kuraibah@mtc.com.my) if you wish to purchase a copy. IW

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Grounded in the Natural World T

he higher end of custom residential construction has remained reasonably consistent in the last few years. The wealth effect among baby boomers searching for the one last home they will ever build allows them to be a bit more discerning than the average home buyer.

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“Everyone loves natural materials,” says architect John Vetter, Principal at Vetter/Denk Architects, “but sophisticated buyers demand them. As architects we love the opportunity to meld beautiful exotic woods with copper, natural stone, brick and other domestic wood species in unique and different ways. Each of these materials brings a sense of stability and the feeling of being grounded in the natural world. One of Vetter’s designs on a lake in southern Wisconsin is a perfect example. Built for a corporate executive and the owner of an international brand, the home represents the perfect combination of materials, each with a texture and color working harmoniously together. As the home nears completion, it is clear the result will be breathtaking.


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“We like to experiment with known materials in unique ways to breathe new life into them,” Vetter explains. “Ipe is one of those exotic wood species known for its durability and hardness often used in decking projects and boardwalks. It weathers to a silvery grey and will seemingly last forever. In horizontal applications, it’s a perfect spec. But few people take the time to work with this species in vertical applications. We used wide plank Ipe as siding in strategic locations on the exterior of the home. When properly sanded and finished, Ipe has a very expressive grain pattern. It’s perfectly natural and the rich oiled finish makes Ipe the perfect complement to all of the other materials.” The modern home has a prairie influence, but is clearly a Vetter design. The copper fascia on the flat roof quickly develops the distinctive blue-green patina and blends nicely with Ipe, gloss-fired brick and granite. While the Ipe siding is a vertical application, the wide planks are run horizontally with a reverse batten to match the thin black profiles of the windows, also running horizontally. The garage doors will also be faced with Ipe, seamlessly matching the siding. “It will appear simply as another wall. Unless the door is open, you would never know there is a garage in there,” says Vetter. Vetter enjoys using exotic and domestic species together. Every square inch of the ceiling in the home is thin plank White Oak extending from the interior to the exterior cantilevered over-hang. The floors are constructed of large sections of granite. “We want the homeowner to transition from the interior to the exterior without an abrupt distinction.” The entire materials palette comes together on both the inside of the home and exterior, which includes copper, granite, glazed brick, Ipe and White Oak. “Ipe makes an encore on the top deck of the boat house and on the unique cantilevered pier,” Vetter states. “It’s a more traditional application, but the perfect specification. In wet areas and in exterior environments, Ipe has always been my material of choice.” IW Vetter/Denk Architects

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Wood Floors of the Year 2013 NWFA Wood Floor of the Year Award Czar Floors

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Recognized as the “Best Limited Species,” Czar Floors installed a 100 foot floor on the 187-foot super yacht named Lady Linda made of Karelian birch and maple to earn their seventh Wood Floor of the Year award. “Everything was challenging about this project,” said Edward Tsvlik. The floor was cut in an oddly shaped room with built furniture, which meant the installation required being 100 percent dust-free. Additionally, the floor was specifically created to have a thickness to transition the adjacent carpet. To add one more layer of difficulty, the floor was also installed while Lady Linda floated on the dock. Karelian birch is native to the Karelian region along Russia’s border with Finland. The wood is known for its marble-grain pattern and rarity. Only 30-40 percent of the trees grow in the Karelian region with the most desirable grain-pattern characteristics. The vision for the wave motif pattern came from interior designer Evan Marshall. The owner of the yacht requested Karelian birch and hard maple to match the surrounding furnishings. The giant medallion inlay was glued to marine-grade plywood and screwed to an aluminum platform with rubber installations and springs in order to dampen the yacht’s vibrations. The owner wanted his drinks “stirred, not shaken.” Allstate Flooring, based in Brooklyn, New York, sanded and finished the flooring. Lady Linda also features a helipad, jacuzzi and six suites to accommodate up to 12 people. IW Edward Tsvilik /Czar Floors



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2014 NWFA Wood Floor of the Year M P Caroll Hardwood

In celebration of MP Caroll Hardwood’s 10-year anniversary, Mike Carol, Owner/Operator of the company, decided to expand the showroom dedicated to hand-scraped and distressed products. The completed showroom became an award-winning success with its recognition as the best in the “CNC/Laser Cut” hardwood flooring category. The floor consisted of Wenge, Walnut and White Oak with an eye-catching centered radius medallion. The parquet patterns were inspired by historical homes in the Buffalo, New York area. “That’s how I decided to go with some of the materials and patterns for the showroom,” Caroll says. “They replicate what was installed in homes here in Buffalo 80 or 100 years ago.” Bill Adams from Custom Hardwood Supply Inc. made Caroll’s floor drawings into reality. Caroll was so pleased and excited about the results that he flew to their location in Louisville, Kentucky when the floor went into production. Caroll describes the finished floor as “just perfect.” The installation was a painless project for his team members. He enjoys being the first to arrive at work in the morning to be mesmerized by the beauty of the floor. “I get in at 6 or 6:30 in the morning and I’m just mesmerized to walk across that new floor,” he says. “I’m most proud of the fact that the group of men who made this project a reality are professionals in every sense of the word. Only top-notch guys could put together a project like this and make it a reality.” IW

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Koa Weds Wenge – and the two live happily ever after

Chatoyant koa from Hawaii is paired with dark, straight-grained wenge, also known as African rosewood, in this sculpted bench created by woodcrafter Jim Zink.

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Zink has worked with a variety of other exotic species. He designed and built a coffee table and two matching end tables of solid African Bubinga (Guibourtia ssp.). Some of his other projects involved the use of Brazilian Yellowheart (Euxylophora paraensis), Purpleheart (Peltogyne ssp.), also known as Amaranth, African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii), Indonesian Amboyna (Pterocarpus indicus), and mahogany. “While imported woods are generally more costly than domestic species, the cost of materials is not the deciding factor for people who buy fine furniture,” Zink says. “The


im Zink, a student at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, created this beautiful Innu bench as part of the coursework for an instructional module on “Binding and Veneering.” The bench has a curved profile and almost appears to be floating in thin air. The curvilinear style was a first for Zink, a woodworking hobbyist for 12 years, whose work is generally more rectilinear. “I like the wood to stand out and be the focal point of the pieces I create,” Zink says. “Here I saw the beautiful colors and grains as complementary. Each one is individually striking and yet compatible with the other. The shimmering, intricately-figured koa and the dense, opaque wenge just seemed to harmonize nicely.” Zink enjoys experimenting with different species and receiving inspiration from the beauty of the wood and the nature around him. “Perhaps it is all of the beauty that surrounds me that demands that I make furniture with utmost integrity,” he says. “Being engaged in my environment allows me to set high expectations for the pieces that I create. After all, nature is already perfect. I can only try to emulate it.” “Working with some types of wood can be tricky,” he notes. “The dust produced when sanding wenge, for example, can irritate the eyes, cause respiratory problems and cause a dermal irritation similar to that of poison ivy. Wenge splinters can be septic.” Zink selected ash wood to cover the edges of the bench, a pale, straight-grained wood that does not distract from the dramatic look of the Hawaiian koa. Both koa and wenge veneers are somewhat brittle. Bending them to accommodate the curvature of the bench was a delicate procedure. Working with wenge veneer was a challenge because it has a very open grain and the gluing process had to be done very carefully.

larger cost is for the time and workmanship involved. It’s the craftsmanship and artistic design that people are mainly paying for.” Zink and his wife, Cynthia Roesch, recently opened a woodworking shop in Meredith, New Hampshire, where he now devotes himself to designing and fabricating custom crafted wood furniture. “My goal for the business is to translate customer designs and wishes into reality, using wood from sustainably managed forests, both domestic and exotic,” notes Zink. IW Jim Zink / jimzinkfurnituremaker.com

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hwood, a woodworking shop located near Portland, Oregon, specializes in hand-crafted wooden eyewear. Using materials such as Madrone, Indian Rosewood and African Zebrawood, Shwood’s team of artisans cuts, shapes, assembles, finishes and ships unique, one-of-a-kind eyeglasses and sunglasses to more than 225 boutiques worldwide.


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The Shwood story began in 2005 when Eric Singer, a kid fresh out of high school, chopped down a branch of his neighbor’s Madrone tree. Madrone is a cream or pinkish brown wood with dark red patches. It is notable for its burl veneer which has tight clusters of knots and a swirled grain. “Madrone trees are native to the Pacific Northwest and their bark turns this beautiful, shiny orange color every year,” Singer said. “That wood just captivated me.” Singer carved the Madrone branch into a pair of sunglasses and eventually, together with some of his snowboarding buddies, launched Shwood and began producing custom wood-framed sunglasses. In 2010, Shwood moved into a 6,000-square-foot facility where it currently produces 130 different types of glasses. Shwood’s in-house manufacturing process melds precision technology with classic skilled craftsmanship. According to Singer, there are up to 35 steps involved in cutting, shaping, laminating and finishing the eyewear frames and the Carl Zeiss lenses that are fitted to each pair. A desire to push the boundaries of design, materials and aesthetics has led Singer to experiment with various wood species such as maple and cherry, along with several exotics including African Zebrawood, Indian Rosewood and European walnut to create new designs.

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In an effort to keep their products as natural and environmentally friendly as possible, Shwood uses water-based glue in the lamination process and shellac as the final finish. Since its inception, the company has been committed to buying lumber from sources that harvest sustainably from plantations. What most people notice first about Shwood is their dramatic designs that are considerably lighter than typical acetate frames. “Wood is an appealing medium for eyewear frames because of its inherent warmth,” Singer says. “Shwood frames sort of mold onto your face and give you a kind of intimacy with something that was living.” IW Eric Singer/Shwood Eyewear

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Transportation, Logistics and other Service Providers

IWPA’s Membership Directory highlights the leading suppliers to the North American market of hardwood and softwood lumber, flooring, decking, veneer, plywood and composite wood products. This one-stop resource guide also provides contact information for ports, shipping companies, third-party certifiers and others that are helping to advance international trade in wood products.

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Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Watertown, WI (United States) Tel: 920-206-1766 Fax: 920-206-1767 jaufderhaar@surfaceandpanel.com www.surfaceandpanel.com

New York, NY (United States) Tel: 212-493-8920 Fax: 212-493-7280 alexandra.toskovich@bbh.com www.bbh.com

Benchmark International LLC

Coastal Cargo Company, Inc.

Eugene, OR (United States) Tel: 541-484-9212 Fax: 541-344-2735 Travis.Snapp@Benchmark-Intl.com www.benchmark-intl.com

New Orleans, LA (United States) Tel: 504-587-1200 Fax: 504-587-1226 dlh@jkgroup.com www.jkgroup.com

The Borneo Initiative

Command Transportation LLC

Breukelen (Netherlands) Tel: 31-610-665564 alex@theborneoinitiative.org www.theborneoinitiative.org

Skokie, LA (United States) Tel: 847-213-2224 Fax: 847-324-7452 ahafertepe@commandtransportation.com www.commandtransportation.com

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Grieg Starr Shipping

Port Arthur, TX (United States) Tel: 409-983-2011 Fax: 409-983-7572 orlando@portofportarthur.com www.portofportarthur.com

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Rukert Terminals Corporation

Kutak Rock LLP

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Port of Port Arthur

Alpharetta, GA (United States) Tel: 770-226-5919 Fax: 404-216-5557 mike.hawe@griegstar.com www.griegstar.com

Memphis, TN (United States) Tel: 901-372-8280 Fax: 901-373-6180 wayne@millerwoodtradepub.com www.millerwoodtradepub.com

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Baltimore, MD (United States) Tel: 410-276-1013 Fax: 410-327-2315 jason@rukert.com www.rukert.com

Shorepoint Insurance Services

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Washington, DC (United States) Tel: 202-828-2339 liz.levinson@kutakrock.com www.kutakrock.com

Costa Mesa, CA (United States) Tel: 714-430-0035 Fax: 714-430-0036 rmarkley@shorepointinsurance.com www.shorepointinsurance.com

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Mowry & Grimson PLLC

South Jersey Port Corporation

water-based products.

Washington, DC (United States) Tel: 202-688-3610 Fax: 202-595-8968 jsg@mowrygrimson.com www.mowrygrimson.com

Camden, NJ (United States) Tel: 856-757-4927 Fax: 856-757-4903 kcastagnola@southjerseyport.com www.southjerseyport.com

OHL International

Steer Company

Philadelphia, PA (United States) Tel: 267-570-2612 Fax: 267-570-2635 jemallough@ohl.com www.ohl.com

Philadelphia, PA (United States) Tel: 215-922-6610 Fax: 215-922-0784 d.wackerman@jasteer.com www.jasteer.com

Pacorini Metals

Port Tampa Bay

Baltimore, MD (United States) Tel: 410-327-2931 Fax: 410-327-2655 r.tehrani@pacorinimetals.com www.pacorinimetals.com

Tampa, FL (United States) Tel: 813-905-5122 Fax: 813-905-5109 welliott@tampaport.com www.tampaport.com

Peruvian Amazon Line

U-C Coatings

Lima (Peru) Tel: 511-475-2033 Fax: 511-475-9670/9680 lima@navieramaynas.com.pe www.lineaamazonica.com.pe

Buffalo, NY (United States) Tel: 716-833-9366 Fax: 716-833-0120 exportdesk@uccoatings.com www.uccoatings.com

PFS Corporation

Westfal-Larsen Shipping

Cottage Grove, WI (United States) Tel: 608-839-1013 Fax: 608-839-1014 jrothman@pfscorporation.com www.pfscorporation.com

Alpharetta, GA (United States) Tel: 770-569-5821 Fax: 770-569-5823 mike.hawe@wlshipping.com www.wlshipping.com

Port of New Orleans

WWF Global Forest Trade Network

New Orleans, LA (United States) Tel: 504-528-3262/800-776-6652 Fax: 504-528-3390 landryb@portno.com www.portno.com

Washington, DC (United States) Tel: 202-293-4800 Fax: 202-293-9211 amy.smith@wwfus.org www.gftn.panda.org

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Brookside Veneers Ltd.

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Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

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Evergreen Hardwoods Inc.

Mercer Island, Washington

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www.eghardwoods.com 206-258-3007 info@eghardwoods.com Fax: 206-686-5008

www.eastteak.com 360-793-3754 rick@eastteak.com Fax: 360-793-7835

Sultan, Washington

East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc.

714-522-3100 Fax: 714-523-1900


Buena Park, California

DVK-Del Valle, Kahman & Company, Inc. www.dvkco.com

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www.downesandreader.com 800-788-5568 chris.strang@downesandreader.com Fax: 781-344-7110

Stoughton, Massachusetts

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Downes & Reader Hardwood Co., Inc.

912-447-7094 Fax: 912-232-3199

www.dixieply.com rccollins@dixieply.com

Savannah, Georgia

Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company

Darlington, South Carolina

843-393-3861 Fax: 843-393-8243

www.darlingtonveneer.com rhubbard@darlingtonveneer.com

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Darlington Veneer Co., Inc.

www.clarkeveneers.com 601-366-0331 info@clarkeveneers.com Fax: 601-366-0334

Jackson, Mississippi

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604-687-2254 Fax: 604-682-4691

610-759-2837 Fax: 610-759-5757

Clarke Veneers and Plywood

Greensboro, North Carolina

Central National www.cndivision.com jboles@cng-inc.com

www.martinguitar.com woodmgt@martinguitar.com

Canusa Wood Products Ltd.

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania

C.F. Martin & Co.

Greensboro, North Carolina

www.veneers.com 609-409-1311 info@brooksideveneers.com Fax: 609-409-1322

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Cranbury, New Jersey

www.bridgewellresources.com 800-570-3566 info@bridgewellres.com Fax: 503-238-2671

Brookside Veneers Ltd.

Portland, Oregon

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www.bozovich.com 251-578-4604 infobtp@bozovichtimber.com Fax: 251-578-6844

www.boa-franc.com 418-222-7010 apoirier@boa-franc.com Fax: 418-227-1188

Bridgewell Resources LLC

Evergreen, Alabama

Bozovich USA

St. Georges, Canada

www.beaconhardwoods.com 305-392-9996 omar@beaconhardwoods.com Fax: 305-392-9245


Miami, Florida

Beacon Hardwoods LLC

Hamburg, New York

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504-828-0943 Fax: 504-828-0946

www.baillie.com 716-649-2850 jbach@baillie.com Fax: 716-648-6107

Baillie Lumber Co.

www.argofineimports.com argo@argofineimports.com

805-688-7919 Fax: 805-688-2956

Argo Fine Imports, Inc.

Metairie, Louisiana

Solvang, California


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662-252-1862 Fax: 662-252-1888


www.americanpac.com smb@americanpac.com

American Pacific Plywood Inc.

Holly Springs, Mississippi

American Pacific Inc.

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Huntersville, North Carolina

www.craiglumber.com 800-351-9736 geninfo@craiglumber.com Fax: 901-853-5028




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www.lumberliquidators.com 757-566-7128 asecter@lumberliquidators.com Fax: 757-259-4286

www.iketrading.com craig.smith@iketrading.net

Ike Trading Company, Ltd.

Inter-Continental Hardwoods, LLC

International Specialties, Inc.

Interwood Forest Products Inc.

Liberty Woods International, Inc.

Lumber Liquidators Inc.

M.Bohlke Veneer Corp.

McCathay Timber, Inc.

McCausey Lumber Company

Alan McIlvain Company

White Marsh, Maryland

J. Gibson McIlvain Company

Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

Roseville, Michigan

Chicago, Illinois

Fairfield, Ohio

Toano, Virginia

Carlsbad, California

Shelbyville, Kentucky

Collierville, Tennessee

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www.mcilvain.com 410-335-9600 info@mcilvain.com Fax: 410-335-3574

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www.alanmcilvain.com 610-485-6600 sales@alanmcilvain.com Fax: 610-485-0471

www.mccauseylumber.com 586-294-9663 heleen@mccauseylumber.com Fax: 586-294-1505

www.mccathaytimber.com 800-683-6337 info@mccathaytimber.com Fax: 773-227-6767

www.mbveneer.com 513-874-4400 email@mbveneer.com Fax: 513-682-1469

800-367-7054 Fax: 760-438-8018

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www.ichardwoods.com 910-283-9960 lshibley@ichardwoods.com Fax: 910-283-9964

404-418-6344 Fax: 404-592-9126

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Currie, North Carolina

Beaverton, Oregon

Atlanta, Georgia

936-598-2491 Fax: 936-598-8146

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Ike Trading Atlanta

Center, Texas

www.ihlo.com ihlo@ihlo.com

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Ihlo Sales & Import Company

Houston, Texas

713-644-1966 Fax: 713-644-7223

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www.hollandsw.com info@hollandsw.com

604-856-1111 Fax: 604-856-8889

910-383-2578 Fax: 910-383-2580

Holland Southwest International

Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

Leland, North Carolina

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336-883-0196 Fax: 336-886-1366

www.grossveneer.com robgross@grossveneer.com

High Point, North Carolina



615-871-4500 Fax: 615-391-2177

Gross Veneer Sales, Inc.

Poway, California



714-239-2101 Fax: 714-239-2109

www.globalplywoodandlumber.com 858-486-8700 kpeabody@globalplywoodandlumber.com Fax: 858-486-8702

www.gibson.com bruce.kilkowski@gibson.com

deonndeford@ganahl.com www.ganahllumber.com

Global Plywood & Lumber, Inc.

Nashville, Tennessee

Gibson Guitar Corp.

Anaheim, California

Ganahl Lumber


310-822-7771 Fax: 310-822-2920

www.feaco.com info@feaco.com

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702-565-7756 john@rplinternational.com Fax: 702-565-3264

Henderson, Nevada

New Orleans, Louisiana

RPL International

www.roblumco.com rlcnola@roblumco.com

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Robinson Lumber Company, Inc.

504-895-6377 Fax: 504-897-0820

www.getwood.com 631-586-7700 scottree@aol.com Fax: 631-586-7009

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Deer Park, New York

Roberts Plywood

574-848-7631 Fax: 574-848-5679

www.robertweedplywood.com websitemail@robertwoodplywood.com

Robert Weed Plywood Corp.

Fax: 804-747-8884


Glen Allen, Virginia

Bristol, Indiana

www.prsguitars.com 443-248-0610 pplatts@prsguitars.com Fax: 410-643-4545

Richmond International Forest Products www.rifp.com 800-767-0111

Acton, Massachusetts

Rex Lumber Company

Stevensville, Maryland

PRS Guitars Ltd.

www.pollmeier.com 503-452-5800 usa@pollmeier.com Fax: 503-452-5801

Portland, Oregon

908-687-7890 Fax: 908-687-5750

Pollmeier Inc.

Union, New Jersey

www.pdusa.com plywood@pdusa.com

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www.pittsburghforest.com 724-969-5000 troyhalo@pittsburghforest.com Fax: 724-969-1100

www.thepenrodcompany.com penrod@thepenrodcompany.com

678-240-9390 Fax: 678-240-9391

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910-862-4447 Fax: 910-862-7753

www.patriottimber.com 336-299-7755 askus@patriottimber.com Fax: 336-299-4050

www.pgwoodimports.com dhuryn@pgwoodimports.com

www.overseashardwoods.com sales@overseashardwoods.com

www.turnbulllumber.com pemjenkins@turnbulllumber.com

www.newmanlumber.com 228-832-1899 info@newmanlumber.com Fax: 228-831-1149

www.moxontimbers.com 800-662-9665 shaynelachlan@moxontimbers.net Fax: 540-869-5656

253-479-3900 Fax: 425-251-6096

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Plywood & Door Mfrs. Corp.

McMurray, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Forest Products Co.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Penrod Company

Greensboro, North Carolina

Patriot Timber Products, Inc.

Alpharetta, Georgia

PG Wood Imports

Mobile, Alabama

OHC, Inc.

Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Gulfport, Mississippi

Winchester, Virginia

Sarasota, Florida

Kent, Washington

Portland, Oregon


Oceania Hardwoods, LLC


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Moreland Co., USA


www.metrofloors.com gpayseno@metrofloors.com


Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring USA


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www.southfloridalbr.com andy@southfloridalbr.com

South Florida Lumber Company

www.taracapacific.com taraca@taracapacific.com

Taraca Pacific, Inc.

www.tradelink-group.com uk@tradelink-group.com

Tradelink Wood Products Ltd. 44 (0) 20-7460-7788 Fax: 44 (0) 20-7460-7799

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Lake Oswego, Oregon

Wood Brokerage International

Brampton, Ontario (Canada)

Weston Premium Woods

Greensboro, North Carolina

Newport, North Carolina

www.woodbrokerage.com 800-453-3554 connelly@woodbrokerage.com Fax: 503-848-9039

www.westonpremiumwoods.com 905-792-9797 info@westonpremiumwoods.com Fax: 905-792-2096

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336-288-2027 cmengel@live.com

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VM International LLC

252-223-6359 Fax: 252-223-3511

305-722-6622 Fax: 305-722-6623

604-522-3334 Fax: 604-522-3006

www.veneertech.com jvarner@veneertech.com

www.usply.net info@usply.net

www.ucsforestgroup.com sales_vancouver@ucfp.com

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www.ucsglobal.com 856-693-7571 sales_ucsglobal@ucsglobal.com Fax: 630-231-0454

www.ucsforestgroup.com 905-814-8000 ucsglobal@ucsforestgroup.com Fax: 905-814-8788

Veneer Technologies, Inc.

Medley, Florida


Burnaby, British Columbia (Canada)

Upper Canada Forest Products

West Chicago, Illinois

UCS Global

Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

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UCS Forest Group

inquiries@tumac.com 503-226-6661 www.tumac.com Fax: 503-273-2653

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Portland, Oregon

Tumac Lumber Company

Saanichton, Britich Columbia (Canada)

Triton Logging Inc.

London (United Kingdom)

www.tritonlogging.com 250-652-4033 info@tritonlogging.com Fax: 250-483-1955

www.tradelink-group.com usa@tradelink-group.com

Greensboro, North Carolina

336-230-2220 Fax: 336-230-2207

www.tradeleaf.com 212-595-1371 info@tradeleaf.com Fax: 212-202-3542

TradeLeaf LLC

Tradelink Wood Products Inc.


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www.timberwolfusa.com 410-770-4435 info@timberwolfusa.com Fax: 410-770-9553

New York, New York


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Timberwolf Tropical Hardwoods

Easton, Maryland

215-624-1866 Fax: 215-338-1060


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757-491-0468 Fax: 757-491-0723

www.thomahog.com info@thomahog.com

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Thompson Mahogany Company

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Taraca Pacific, Inc.

San Francisco, California

Burbank, California

www.taracapacific.com woztaraca@yahoo.com

www.swanerhardwood.com 818-953-5350 gary@swanerhardwood.com Fax: 818-846-3662

Swaner Hardwood Company


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415-765-0422 Fax: 415-765-0447

www.stangelohardwoods.com 401-624-3900 steve@stangelohardwoods.com Fax: 401-624-3940

Tiverton, Rhode Island


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915-771-6500 Fax: 915-771-6552

St. Angelo Hardwoods, Inc.

Palmetto Bay, Florida

El Paso, Texas

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www.solbuilding.com info@solbuilding.com

Sol Building Materials Corp.

Desoto, Texas

other panel products


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www.sitco.com 972-225-4283 sales@sitco.com Fax: 972-228-5987

Web Site/Email Phone/Fax


Sitco Lumber Company

Company Name

North American Importers, Users, Distributors


business activity


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APP Timber Ltd.







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Focus Lumber Berhad

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www.jayatiasa.net sales@jayatiasa.net www.mtc.com.my council@mtc.com.my

Malaysian Timber Council

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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603-9281-1999 Fax: 603-9282-8999

6084-213255 Fax: 6084-213855/212084

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Jaya Tiasa Timber Products Sdn. Bhd.

Sibu, Sarawak (Malaysia)

www.kligroups.com 919-303-8027 oppinc@aol.com Fax: 919-303-8040

International Wood Products, Inc.

Apex, North Carolina (USA)


Yokohama, Minato-Mirai (Japan)

International Tropical Timber Organization www.itto.or.jp

• • • 81-45-223-1110 Fax: 81-45-223-1121

www.holz-international.com 305-600-2387 ingryd.taracena@holz-international.com Fax: 305-437-8045

Panama City (Panama)

Fax: 44-208-906-9570


London (England)

Ghana Forestry Commission (London Office) www.ghanatimber.org 44-208-906-9560

Holz International

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www.ghanatimber.org 233-21-221315 info@tidd.fcghana.com Fax: 233-21-220818

Accra (Ghana)

86-21-54893839 Fax: 86-21-54893837

Ghana Forestry Commission

Shanghai (China)

60-88-393255/7/8 Fax: 60-88-393169


www.focuslumber.com.my focuskk@tm.net.my

Future (Timber) Trading Company Ltd.

Likas, Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)

32-2-360-3702 tarik@exott.com Fax: 32-2-360-3802




Brussels (Belgium)

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74-956-603462 Fax: 74-956-287197

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Singapore (Singapore)

Double Helix Tracking Technologies Pte. Ltd. www.doublehelixtracking.com

www.rusexportles.ru gk@rusexportles.ru

787-783-1919 Fax: 787-782-9235


San Juan, P.R. (Puerto Rico)

CJSC Rusexportles Trading


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www.BarthsHamburg.de 49-40-280-1440 info@barthshamburg.de Fax: +49-40-280-14427 60-3-33595678 Fax: +60-3-33424567

Moscow (Russia)

M e mb e r s

331-43 94 72 64 Fax: 331-43 94 72 09


Castell Export Corporation


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www.apptimber.com 603-7847-4716 info@apptimber.com www.atibt.com tullia.baldassarri@atibt.org

other panel products


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Shah Alam, Negeri Selangor (Malaysia)

Blue Roots Sdn. Bhd.

Hamburg (Germany)

F.W. Barth Co. GmbH

Nogent-sur-Marne (France)

ATIBT (Assn Technique Int’l des Bois Tropicaux)



62-21-5711290 Fax: 62-21-5733017/5733015


Shah Alam, Negeri Selangor (Malaysia)


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APKINDO-Indonesian Wood Panel Assoc. sekretariat@apkindo.org Jl. Jend. Gatot Subruto, Senayan, Jakarta (Indonesia)

39-049-970-0630 Fax: 39-049-970-0630

www.andrighettilegnami.it ufficio.estero@andrighettilegnami.it 

Sant’ Angelo di Piove, Padova (Italy)

Andrighetti Legnami S.P.A

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Overseas Members



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www.mpveneers.com exports@mpveneers.com www.nhgtimber.co.uk sales@nhgtimber.co.uk

NHG Timber Ltd.

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Technowood Ltd.

Wijma Trading

Jiaxing  Zhejiang Sheng (China)

Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd.

Frederiksberg (Denmark)

WoodBois International

Kampen (The Netherlands)

+39 0424 513815 Fax: +39 0424 383878

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0573 8315 1333 Fax: 0573 8315 1333

www.woodbois.dk 45-33-13888 info@woodbois.dk Fax: 45-33-913788

www.wijma.com 31-38-331-6444 g.burgman@wijma.com Fax: 31-38-332-2040

6231-9900 0907 Fax: 6231-9900 0908

www.vicwoodtimber.com.cn 852-2543-1943 vicwood@vicwood.com Fax: 852-2854-1728 www.woodunited.com rostron@woodunited.com

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371-29372621 Fax:1(714)-5510050

www.vastolegno.com 3902-344-684 info@vastolegno.com Fax: 3902-331-4270

www.timtrade.it eugenio.colao@timtrade.it

6082-443477 Fax: 6082-442691

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Singapore (Singapore)

Wood United Source Pte. Ltd.

Central Hong Kong (China)

Vicwood Development Ltd.

Milan (Italy)

Vasto Legno SpA

Romano d’Ezzelino, Veneto (Italy)


London (England)

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6082-332-222 Fax: 6082-487-888 / 999

www.technowood.co.uk 41-91-911-6816 kevazingo@technowood.co.uk Fax: 41-91-911-6801

www.sgknordic.com sergei.kotov@sgknordic.com

SGK Nordic, SIA

Riga (Latvia)


Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)”

Sarawak Timber Industry Dev. Corp. (STIDC) www.pusaka.gov.my

Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)

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www.sta.org.my sta@sta.org.my

0039 0415629811 Fax: 0039 0415629810

Sarawak Timber Association

www.romealegnami.com info@romealegnami.com

www.rougier.fr 00336-65-71-01-50 krzesinski@rougier.fr Fax: 00331-5377-2508

Paris (France)

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216-7196-4944 commerciale@regalisinternational.com.tn Fax: 216-71964934

Rougier Afrique International

Gambarare di Mira (30034) Venice (Italy)

Romea Legnami S.P.A.

Tunis (Tunisia)

Regalis International

www.tasply.com 62-21-5270577 tasply@gmail.com Fax: 62-21-5270578

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Jakarta (Indonesia)

www.kligroups.com 62-21-5306448 buniadi@kligroups.com Fax: 62-21-5301575

PT. Tanjung Selatan Makmur Jaya

Jakarta (Indonesia)

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44 (0) 208-651-4030 Fax: 44 (0) 208-651-0913

91-755-2462351, 2461243 Fax: 91-755-2468197

PT. Kayu Lapis Indonesia

Surrey (United Kingdom)

Bhopal, MP (India)


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www.mccorry.com 60-88-517030 info@mccorry.com Fax: 60-88-538620

MP Veneers Pvt. Ltd.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Malaysia)

McCorry & Co. Limited

Geneva (Switzerland)

41-22-300-5258 thomas@mbs-trading.com Fax: 41-22-300-5355


MBS Trading


Web Site/Email Phone/Fax

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business activity agent/sales rep


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Guide to the Advertisers Page company phone website 37 AHC Craig Imports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-248-4393. . . . . . . www.hardwoodweb.com 65 American Hardwood Export Council . . 703-435-2900. . . . . . . www.ahec.org 57 American Lumber Company. . . . . . . . . 888-438-7888. . . . . . . www.alumber.com

BC American Pacific Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 662-252-1862. . . . . . . www.americanpac.com

23 Andrighetti Legnami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-049-5843611. . . . . www.andrighettilegnami.it

Plan to Attend! IWPA 59th World of Wood Annual Convention

March 18-20, 2015 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

47 Argo Fine Imports, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-828-0943. . . . . . . www.argofineimports.com 17 Baillie Lumber Company. . . . . . . . . . . . 716-649-2850. . . . . . . www.baillie.com 30 Bozovich USA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251-578-4604. . . . . . . www.bozovich.com 66 Bridgewell Resources LLC . . . . . . . . . . 800-640-3458 . . . . . . www.bridgewellresources.com

IFC Clarke Veneers and Plywood . . . . . . . . 601-366-0331. . . . . . . www.clarkeveneers.com

21 Coastal Cargo Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-587-1100. . . . . . . www.coastalcargogroup.com 33 Del Valle, Kahman & Company, Inc.. . . 714-522-3100. . . . . . . www.dvkco.com 43 East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc.. . . . . . 360-793-3754. . . . . . . www.eastteak.com 51 Ghana Forestry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-208-906-9560. . . . www.ghanatimber.org 61 Georgia Ports Authority. . . . . . . . . . . . . 912-964-3958. . . . . . . www.gaports.com

Connect with wood importers, distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, overseas producers and trade facilitators worldwide to expand your business.

25 Hardwood Specialty Products . . . . . . . 916- 730-1125. . . . . . . www.hardwoods-inc.com 53 IKE Trading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-777-6688. . . . . . . www.iketrading.com 20 Intercontinental Hardwoods. . . . . . . . . 910-283-9960. . . . . . . www.ichardwoods.com 39 Interholco AG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4141-767-0303 . . . . . . www.interholco.ch 15 Interwood Forest Products. . . . . . . . . . 502-633-0017. . . . . . . www.ifpveneer.com 7 Liberty Woods International, Inc.. . . . . 800-367-7054. . . . . . . www.libertywoods.com 49 Lumber Liquidators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-274-2360. . . . . . . www.lumberliquidators.com 5 Malaysian Timber Council. . . . . . . . . . . 603-9281-1999. . . . . . www.mtc.com.my 50 Alan McIlvain Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . 610-485-6600. . . . . . . www.alanmcilvain.com 41 J. Gibson McIlvain Company. . . . . . . . . 410-335-9600. . . . . . . www.mcilvain.com 45 Newman Lumber Company. . . . . . . . . . 228-832-1899. . . . . . . www.newmanlumber.com 4 Pollmeier Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503-452-5800. . . . . . . www.pollmeier.com 44 Port of New Orleans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-528-3262. . . . . . . www.portno.com 9 Port of Port Arthur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409-983-2011. . . . . . . www.portofportarthur.com

F e at u r in g Up d at e s On :

Economic Trends and Market Projections for Wood Products U.S. Customs Classification and Audits GSP Renewal EPA & CARB Formaldehyde Emission Rules

34 Rex Lumber Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 978-263-0055. . . . . . . www.rexlumber.com

Sustainable Trade Opportunities and Challenges

31 Robinson Lumber Company . . . . . . . . . 504-895-6377. . . . . . . www.roblumco.com

Leadership and Business Strategies

24 Shorepoint Insurance Services . . . . . . 714-430-0035. . . . . . . www.shorepointinsurance.com 54 South Jersey Port Corporation. . . . . . . 856-757-4927. . . . . . . www.southjerseyport.com 29 Swaner Hardwood Company. . . . . . . . . 818-953-5350. . . . . . . www.swanerhardwood.com 13 Timber Holdings USA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-932-9663. . . . . . . www.ironwoods.com 48 TradeLeaf LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212-595-1371. . . . . . . www.tradeleaf.com FIFC Tradelink Wood Products Inc.. . . . . . . . 336-230-2220 . . . . . . www.tradelink-group.com

19 Tropical Forest Foundation. . . . . . . . . . 703-518-8834. . . . . . . www.tropicalforestfoundation.org 55 U-C Coatings Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . 716-833-9366. . . . . . . www.uccoatings.com IBC UCS Forest Group

- Sierra Forest Products . . . . . . . . . . 866 265 0624 . . . . . . . www.sierrafp.com - UCS Forest Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866 265 0624 . . . . . . . www.ucsforestgroup.com - Upper Canada Forest Products . . . . 866 265 0624 . . . . . . . www.ucfp.com

16 Wood Brokerage International. . . . . . . 800-453-3554 . . . . . . www.woodbrokerage.com

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