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California black oak: An oak with several differences

California black oak is in the red oak group of species, but its source of supply (it grows primarily in northern California and southwest Oregon), physical properties (it is weaker than most red oaks, but machines better), appearance (it is not as red, but has tighter grain), and processing differences (drying is difficult) merit a special discussion of this species.

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Lodgepole pine: A strong and useful pine species

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) grows in the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to northern New Mexico, in the Black Hills and on the Pacific Coast. Poles of this tree were used by Native Americans for structural supports for teepees and lodges; hence the common name of lodgepole.


Process is the tool - with Nathan Guffey

Episode Summary Will Sampson talks about a paradigm shift in the woodworking industry that is making material handling more sexy. His guest is Nathan Guffey, founder of Guffey Systems, an innovative developer of products to make production finishing more efficient.