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Perspectives and insights on the hardwood lumber industry.                     

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Hardwood lumber pricing changes daily. It is impacted by the overall global supply and demand. Sometimes hardwood lumber buyers think that making a decision on purchasing lumber can be risky. But there are ways to reduce the risk. One way to do that is to buy better lumber, lumber that more precisely matches what you need for production and reduces your lumber waste.    As many people know, traditional industry grading rules define “ranges” of…

Why Board Feet? Hardwood Lumber 101

  • Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:58
Why does the hardwood lumber industry operate on board feet?  Unlike softwoods which are primarily used in the construction trade where most items have to be created in standard sizes, hardwood lumber has had a history of being used to make items such as flooring, cabinetry and furniture.  These are items that woodworkers required materials in all different shapes and sizes to make their finished products. So from a buyer perspective their was a great…

Why Hard Maple From New York State

  • Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:58
One of the most popular hardwood lumber species is hard maple.  Hard maple grows in a vast area that ranges from Minnesota to Maine and from Canada through Kentucky. Main times hardwood lumber buyers will have a preference for where their hard maple comes from.  One of the most requested areas we see for hard maple is New York State.  And since we operate several hardwood sawmills and lumber yards in New York, we can…
Some might say that hardwood lumber is all the same and is generally a commodity. Others will tell you buying hardwood lumber can be a very complex process and the types of lumber you can get, even in the same industry grade class, can vary greatly. We tend to believe that not all hardwood lumber is created equal. Therefore, we recommend our customers ask a few key questions before making their purchase decisions. Questions to…
The hardwood lumber industry is not that different from other industries.  To be successful we need great employees, loyal customers and a team of great suppliers. Some people might not realize this, but even though we harvest, saw and dry our own hardwood lumber, we still purchase in a great deal of green and kiln dried lumber to meet the demands of our customers.  So with that in mind we feel we understand what hardwood…

Elements of Hardwood Lumber Pricing

  • Thursday, 31 March 2016 13:43
Do you know of all the different stages hardwood lumber goes in for manufacturing?  Many do not.  It can be quite interesting to think about how lumber goes from the forest to the manufacturing plant.   And when you add each phase together you can get a good picture of how the key elements that go into the hardwood lumber pricing.  Here is a good summary. Timber to the sawmill –  From the time a forester…

4 Common Hardwood Lumber Sorts

  • Tuesday, 15 March 2016 15:56
Over the years, hardwood lumber suppliers have done a good job of trying to help customers by sorting boards into common sized widths or lengths.  We have even been known to sort lumber based on color variation.  In our opinion, here are the top four hardwood lumber sorts we find to be the most requested. Width sorted hardwood lumber – Width sorts are very popular with flooring manufacturers and window and door manufacturers.  Depending on…

Wormy Soft Maple Described

  • Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:40
Have you ever described wormy soft maple to a new person in the hardwood lumber industry? For those us who have been around lumber for a while it is a description we understand. However, it has nothing to do with worms in the wood! The darker streaks are actually caused by a beetle.  Ambrosia beetles infest soft maple trees leaving a larvae behind that bore a shallow channel and deposit a fungus in the wood…

Top Sorts Requested for Walnut Hardwood Lumber.

  • Wednesday, 03 February 2016 20:49
Walnut is one of the most popular North American hardwood lumber species and American Lumber provides walnut to our customers in many different ways. Since walnut is one of the more expensive North American hardwoods, customers try to be very specific about the lumber they order so not to accumulate unusable inventory or produce too much lumber waste.  To accomplish this they are many times looking for specific custom sorts designed to work best in…
It is no secret that White Oak, "Quercus Alba", is one of the most commonly used North American hardwood lumber species. It is a regular choice for cabinets, flooring, furniture, doors, barrels, millwork, mouldings, etc. It is strong, water resistant, and has excellent working properties. It is also one of the more commonly requested species to be sawn as rift and quartered. The special grain presentation that rift and quartered white oak offers is appealing…