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Looking Back, Living in a Wooden Future

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/19/2014 1:38PM

The lodge has an interesting architectural feature called a reciprocal frame roof created by overlapping three or more members supported initially by a center pole, which is then removed after the overlapped rafters are tied together at the top.

China's Ghost Cities & Mystery of the World's Biggest Building

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/13/2014 11:27AM

It's been a couple of years since we initially looked at the "ghost cities" of China. At that time, there was a feeling that the development just couldn't go on forever. Well, maybe not forever, but it has continued at least this long.

Vaya con Dios, Temple-Inland

By Chuck Ray Posted: 03/17/2014 7:36PM

Walking across a yard near Philadelphia earlier this week, I had a twinge of nostalgia as I saw this bundle of Temple-Inland lumber. It may be the last one I ever see.

Making a Case for a Wood Heating Policy

By Chuck Ray Posted: 03/04/2014 12:30PM

Our research found that the best opportunity for converting commerical and industrial boilers to wood may be in highly-populated areas that have an abundance of commercial and industrial development and are fairly near to abundant sources of woody biomass.

How Climate Change Impacts Forest Fires

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/22/2014 4:24PM

Wondering why we're having all these huge forest fires out in the western United States in recent years? You'll know why after watching this 90-second video.

Go Wood: Winter Road Maintenance, the Old-Fashioned Way

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/19/2014 10:01AM

Old-timers, used to finding wooden solutions for almost every problem, found one for snow-covered roads: the snow roller.

Wood Science 101: Where Does Cork Come From?

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/12/2014 1:32PM

The really fascinating, and important, thing to understand about cork production is that from a ecological standpoint, we should all want more cork to be harvested and used, not less.

Let the Furniture Buyer Beware: Beetles Tagged Along

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/07/2014 1:08PM

The wood sideboard my wife and I purchased was an eclectic piece from India that turned out to be more than we bargained for. It was infested with powderpost beetles from the bottom shelf to the drawers.

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