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Karelian Birch Has Fancy Figures

European birch is one of those woods that is very plain — except when it isn’t. Some of the distinctive patterns yielded include flame and curly figures. Another figure of note is Karelian birch, known also as Karelian burl and Masur birch.

Pricing & Supply

How Do You Finish 50,000 Year Old Kauri Wood?

The answer on finishing Ancient Wood's 50,000 year old Kauri is "very carefully." Recovered from prehistoric peat bogs in New Zealand, this wood prices at $40 a board foot for flat sawn grain, $60 for quarter sawn and up to $100 for Whitebait, a rare grain pattern that turns iridescent when sanded properly.

Woodworking Industry News

Lacey Act Amendment Goes Before Senate

Reintroduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures (FOCUS) Act of 2015 would amend the Lacey Act by substituting criminal penalties with a “reasonable” civil penalty system, and reducing maximum fines from $500,000 to $200,000. It would also remove all references to “foreign law” within the Lacey Act.

Panel Supply

Nanotech Soft-touch Surface Use E-beam Cured Acrylic Resin

FENIX, self-healing soft matte nanotech material for vertical and horizontal furniture applications made by Italy's Arpa Industrial, will be distributed by REHAU as part of its surface solutions program. The technologically advanced surface material was developed using acrylic resins and electron beam technology to achieve a soft-to-the-touch, light-absorbing, “super-matte” texture.


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