Great Designs in Wood - The NWFA 2013 Wood Floors of the Year

By Chuck Ray | Posted: 12/02/2013 4:29PM


Chuck Ray, PennState, Associate Professor of Wood Operations Wooden floors run the gamut from utilitarian planks in camp houses to the finest pieces of wooden art one can imagine.

These winning floors from the National Wood Flooring Association's 2013 Wood Floor of the Year competition fall in the latter Click on the link above to see and read about all the winners. One is even in the Hermitage, the Winter Palace of the Russian czars, and it looks the part. Think of the history that floor has seen.

click image to zoomGaetano Hardwood Floors NWFA 2013 Design Winner All the floors are breath-taking, but one in particular caught my attention: the winner of the Commercial Collaboration category, executed by Gaetano Hardwood Floors Inc., of Huntingdon Beach, CA. Naturally, a zig-zag striped floor of alternating wenge and maple strips will catch anyone's's stunning. But I really liked this floor because it showcases so well what can be done in the commercial environment, and the benefits of doing so. The custom furniture client's customers are presumably put into a buying mode by the appeal of the display of the furniture...and they might well inquire about then floor designer while they're looking.

Display product through commercial collaboration...another great way to get your customers to Go Wood.


About the Author

Chuck Ray, PennState, Associate Professor of Wood Operations

Chuck Ray

Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Ray is Associate Professor of Wood Operations Research at Pennsylvania State University. His specialty is in the area of operations research, specifically those operational issues that confront the majority of the wood products sector. He previously spent 15 years in research and quality management for two large building products corporations, Temple-Inland Forest Products and Louisiana-Pacific. Ray is the sixth generation of his family to work in the sawmill industry, the Ray Brothers Lumber Company, established in East Texas before the turn of the last century. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @ChuckDRay. He maintains an Extension website for Penn State at and also writes a blog on all wood issues called Go Wood which can be found at

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