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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.


Certified Hardwood - From an American Desert

By Chuck Ray Posted: 02/23/2013 7:36PM

Here's a nice video brought to my attention that tells the tale of a hybrid poplar plantation out in eastern Oregon, one of the driest places in the country.




The Amazing Wood Art of Sergei Bobkov

By Chuck Ray Posted: 02/10/2013 10:20AM

Sergei Bobkov, a resident of Kozhany, Russia, has developed his very own technique, that prevents wood-chips from falling apart, in time.


Great Designs in Wood - The Phoebe Table

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/30/2013 4:53PM

Mr. Huskey illustrates the mathematical equation that defines the number of possible configurations of the Phoebe Table with graphics. No back of the envelope calculation, this.


The Art of Firewood Stacking

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/25/2013 10:37AM

Feeling good about your own energy and stamina in splitting and piling all that wood for the winter. Well, don't get too impressed by your own firewood prowess until you consider these Herculean efforts.


Great Designs in Wood - The Kamppi Chapel of Silence

By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/16/2013 12:27PM

When it comes to unusual, and creative, uses of wood, you have to hand it to the Finns. It seems that their culture causes their mental juices to flow naturally to wood as a first solution for just about everything you can think of...and some that you never would. Such as a chapel of... silence.


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