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Going Green with a Black Locust Deck

By Chuck Ray Posted: 06/04/2013 12:42PM

Using Black Locust wood to construct a deck was a positive experience for a Pennsylvania couple because of its green qualities and its weather-resistant properties.

Jay Leno Goes Wood

By Chuck Ray Posted: 05/26/2013 4:32PM

A video from "Jay Leno's Garage" shows one of the best of the best, the 1948 Chrysler Town and Country convertible and also demonstrates the durability of wood..

The Write Stuff

By Chuck Ray Posted: 05/15/2013 2:42PM

One of the best wood products that everyone has used but almost nobody ever notices...pencils.

A Future Creator of Great Designs in Wood

By Chuck Ray Posted: 05/09/2013 11:49AM

In 2008, Carol Chang started on her degree in Wood Science at Penn State at our Mont Alto campus and now, with graduation in sight, she is about to embark on the next phase - a career in woodworking.

Serious Wood Collectors - The IWCS

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/29/2013 1:09PM

Never before have I met so many true "wood experts" in one place as I did at the International Wood Collectors Society's annual meeting.

Are Lumber Prices Too High?

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/18/2013 12:01PM

Just when it looks like business is starting to pick up, softwood lumber is going up faster than any other commodity out there. And hardwood lumber is starting to pick up steam as well.

Wood Science 101: Wood Species ID and Macrophotography

By Chuck Ray Posted: 04/13/2013 10:53AM

One question that wood scientists get asked more than any other is..."What type of wood is this?" Sometimes the answer is easy, but often it isn't.

Perfection in Wood - The Maloof Rocker

By Chuck Ray Posted: 03/17/2013 4:58PM

The first time I laid eyes on this original Sam Maloof rocker, I continued to stare and take it in, speechless and curious at the same time.

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