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Bark Up or Down? Firewood Splits Norwegians

By Chuck Ray Posted: 12/16/2013 11:22AM

Apparently a recent firewood program on Norwegian TV was more controversial than the producers ever imagined. It seems that a large number of viewers texted in during the show that the wood was being stacked all wrong.


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

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

These winning floors from the National Wood Flooring Association's 2013 Wood Floor of the Year competition fall in wow category.


Potatoes and Wood Panels

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/26/2013 10:06AM

The latest entrant in the formaldehyde-displacement race in wood panels is a resin system comprised of, among other things, starch of the common potato.


The National Wood Collection at the Forest Products Lab

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/18/2013 2:41PM

My will to catalog more than 6,000 wood specimens collected at Penn State since before 1960 led me to visit the largest collection in North America at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI.




Timber Theft: Little Noticed; Serious Illegal Drain of Forests

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/09/2013 5:55PM

The investigator in this video makes a good point...that once timber is sawn, it is nearly impossible to tell legal from illegal timber.


Wood-Turned Lampshade Threatens Destruction of Pine Rainforest

By Chuck Ray Posted: 11/08/2013 10:50AM

Don't you love it when someone starts a sentence with "although I don't know much about the subject..." and then proceeds to give you their opinion anyway? Such is the case of postings to a Youtube video showing the making of a wood lamp shade.


Wood Science 101: Where Does Lumber Come From?

By Chuck Ray Posted: 08/20/2013 11:45AM

Many modern folk would have a hard time explaining where the natural gas in their home comes from, or how bread is made, or even what the very walls around them are made of. The same goes for lumber.


Why We'll Never Run Out of Energy

By Chuck Ray Posted: 07/22/2013 8:25PM

Science writer Charles Mann helps us understand what the Americas were really like before Columbus, not the romanticized vision of it that we have all been brought up to think.


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