Components & Sourcing

St. Croix Valley navigates changing hardwood markets

LUCK, Wis. -- St. Croix Valley Hardwoods, Inc. is celebrating 35 years in business. Gordon Fick, owner of the company, started the dry kiln operations back in 1981 along with three others. In the beginning he would be out selling during the day, and run the orders at night. The company is located in Luck, Wisconsin, in the former Duncan YoYo factory, about 75 miles north of the Twin Cities.


Unique Ash and Walnut Arcade Cabinet is a Gamer's Delight

This full-sized ash and American walnut arcade cabinet offers gamers a nostalgic feel of the 1980s and 1990s game rooms with its retro and futuristic look.The vintage-looking cabinet called Pixelkabinett 42, was created by Swedish craftsman Love Hulten, and it is coin operated and designed for at least two players.Pixelkabinett 42 is a custom, made-to-order limited series only available in 50 editions. Features include bun feet that resemble rocket nozzles, a planetarium design on the front of the cabinet and an engraved Saturn speaker grill.


Who Invented the First Wood Piano?

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.


White Ash: A Hard Hit Wood

White ash is considered the premiere species of North American ashes. It is prized for being hard, strong, high in shock resistance with excellent bending qualities.