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By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 03/05/1999 2:00AM

Koa is one of the lesser known treasures of the Hawaiian Islands on the mainland, but it has a rich history and is very much appreciated by the inhabitants of the 50th state.


By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 02/05/1999 2:00AM

Chenchen is a wood that has been gaining in popularity but is still not widely known. Part of the problem may be that this African wood is known by so many different names. Antiaris and kyenkyen are the most commonly used, but bonkonko, kirundu, oro, ogiovu, ako, andoum, tsangu, akeche, mkuzu, mlulu, and mumaka are also used in various parts of the world.

American Sycamore

By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 01/01/1999 2:00AM

American Sycamore - The Ghost Wood


By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 12/12/1998 2:00AM

Ekki Heavy Tree Puts 'Hard' in Hardwood

Osage Orange

By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 11/12/1998 2:00AM

Osage Orange Made Its Name as Bow Wood


By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 09/12/1998 2:00AM

Mesquite Makes Inroads as Commercial Wood

Black/Italian Poplar

Posted: 08/12/1998 2:00AM

Black Poplar Makes for Popular Mappa Burl

Red Oak

By Jo-Ann Kaiser Posted: 07/05/1998 2:00AM

Oak is such a commonly used wood in the United States that it could almost be described as ubiquitous. Most of the industry divides oak into two main categories, white oak and red oak. But even when oak is counted as two distinct woods, red oak and white oak have consistently been named among the top five most used woods at the High Point Furniture market each spring and fall.

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