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Who Invented the First Wood Piano?

By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: May 6, 2015 - 4:36 PM

Early pianos were often crafted with cypress, spruce or pine for the soundboard and hardwoods like hickory, beech and maple for pins and bridges. Piano inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori likely used these materials when he created the first piano in 1720.


Three Trends From 2015 Cabinets & Closet Expo

By Denise Butchko | Updated: May 4, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Closet designer Denise Butchko discusses three top trends seen at the 2015 Cabinets & Closets Expo.

Jon Buck

Which Wood? How to Select the Right Lumber for Your Needs

By Jon Buck | Updated: May 4, 2015 - 2:17 PM

When it comes to selecting lumber there are a few key criteria, such as color and grain, cost, purpose, and environment, that your customers should bear in mind. Here’s our quick stop guide.


Welterweight Boxers Spar on 36 Plywood Panels from Everlast

By Bill Esler | Updated: May 2, 2015 - 5:09 PM

Tonight, two welterweight boxers step onto a rope-ringed canvas covering 36 plywood panels and foam for a $300 million purse. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bout is the 20th on the boxing ring, made by Everlast.

Brooks Gentleman

LEED Puts Little Emphasis on Materials That Last Generation

By Brooks Gentleman | Updated: April 29, 2015 - 9:04 AM

The design community, manufacturers, and construction processes must consider the life of the building if we are truly going to incorporate sustainability in our industry. More emphasis is placed on material recycling than on perform whether it performs over the long haul.


With Accoya Wood and Sunken Pine We Restored Hundreds of Windows

By Brooks Gentleman | Updated: April 27, 2015 - 8:35 PM

For the Minnesota State Capitol building, built in 1905, we restored hundreds of windows to their original state using Accoya, a treated wood, for exteriors, and century old pine recovered from a lake to match interiors.

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