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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…
I think so. When we participate in local community events or attend university career fairs we find people in their 20’s are genuinely interested in the various facets of the forest products industry. However, that doesn’t mean we can just rest on our laurels. We definitely have to stay current and develop a corporate culture that is relevant to the next generation of employees. Here are five suggestions we have found can help companies find…

Do you think value or price?

  • Monday, 14 December 2015 18:29
When you buy lumber do you focus more on the cost of the load or the value the lumber can bring you?  We find that when manufacturers focus only on the cost of the lumber they may be missing a chance to fully understand how better lumber can improve their prduction efficiency. We all know that we in the hardwood lumber the industry’s grade book guides us on what type of lumber can be classified…

Do you ask for referrals?

  • Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:54
Just like any other B2B business, hardwood lumber professionals can benefit from receiving sales referrals. Whether you are a hardwood manufacturer, distributor, lumber wholesaler or importer, when you receive a referral from one of your customers it is a great opportunity.

Tour a sawmill with a purpose

  • Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:31
Sawmill tours are a very popular activity in our industry. Customers and prospects from all around the world like to visit sawmills to gain a better perspective on what a hardwood lumber supplier may or may not be able to provide. But if you are new to the industry what should you be looking for when visiting a sawmill? Here are a few suggestions...
If you have been associated with the hardwood lumber industry for a while you are probably well aware of the differences in species based on their region of origin. However, if you are new to the industry you might find the lumber characteristics based on regions a little confusing.  Here are a few simple thoughts that should help you understand the different North American growing regions.

Hickory is not just for baseball bats!

  • Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:22
What do you use hickory for? Hickory is a popular North American hardwood species for many things.  It is harvested throughout the hardwood forests of the eastern United States and is used for many different applications.  Years ago it was used significantly in the production of sporting equipment like bats, tennis rackets, golf club shafts and skis. 

How narrow of a moulder blank can you order?

  • Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:21
Many factors contribute to the ripped hardwood blanks a supplier would have available for sale.  Existing cut bills, species and sizes already in production, kiln dried boards available to be ripped, and rip saw capabilities all impact what type of rip sizes a supplier would have available to ship.  American Lumber is fortunate to have a state of the art rip saw, a move-able blade Weinig Raiman KR450M, that is capable of producing ripped hardwood…

What are the ways to purchase hardwood lumber?

  • Wednesday, 16 September 2015 21:06
We are constantly told by new people who join the industry that purchasing hardwood lumber is complex. Now, for some of those hardwood lumber industry veterans that might come as a surprise. But if you think about it, in today’s pre-packaged off the shelf, just in time world I can see how people feel that way. With hardwood lumber each bundle you get is unique. So maybe it is good for us to go back…
How would you define great customer service? Would it be always being able to reach a person on the phone? How about answers to your questions in 10 minutes or less? Would it be your supplier always having the products you need in inventory? Or would it be 100% billing accuracy? Maybe you would say you can’t define it fully but you would certainly know it when you see it. In reality, I am sure…