Columbia Forest Products
What are the favorite woods for components, cabinets and furniture? Here are some species earning high praise.
Rare Veined Ziricote
Rick Banas, vice president at Interwood Forest Products, Div. of Fritz Kohl Veneer, named ziricote as his favorite wood. “There are many species which can be found not only in different countries, but also on different continents. But then, there are other species which are growing exclusively in certain regions or areas of a country. Ziricote falls into the latter category and is by far one of the most ornamental species of the world,” said Banas.
“This species from the Yucatan Peninsula has the grain of a Rio Palisander, the color of an ebony, and complex veining like no other species could possibly provide. Its rarity and unique characteristics make this a favorite of ours as well as that of designers and architects from around the world.”
Cypress: A Bald Beauty
Asked for his favorite wood, Jimmy Krantz, owner of Krantz Recovered Wood, said it would have to be bald cypress. “I have been working with it since I was a kid in my father’s cypress lumber business. Over the years, I’ve used cypress from today’s forests and those of ancient, virgin growth forests. It has such a beautiful look, smell, is very easy to cut, plane, sand, paint, stain, and varnish.”
Krantz added that cypress trees are part of his heritage. “My grandfather and father grew up in south central Louisiana, where they logged some of those virgin growth trees. It is a connection to my past — I’m quite partial to it.”
Krantz said his second favorite wood is longleaf pine, also known as antique heart pine. “Having just moved from New Orleans after 10 years there, I saw just how amazing longleaf pine is. Longleaf pine flooring and framing in the thousands of old homes and buildings in New Orleans performed with flying colors even as Mother Nature drowned the city in 2 to 12 feet of water. I can’t tell you how many customers came to our lumberyard and told us of their original 100+ year old longleaf pine floors, which were submerged for two to three weeks, dried out when the water receded from their homes and were good as new after refinishing.”
Kevin Crisp, national accounts manager at Columbia Forest Products, named maple as a favorite, based on customer interest. “We’ve noticed a real increase in the popularity of maple for hardwood plywood over the last decade. The tight grain and light color make it very desirable for cabinets, built-ins, furniture and many other applications. Maple takes finish very well, from light to darker stains.”