Guide to species
I'm constantly surprised about the extent to which wood is regarded generically rather than as dozens of individual species, each with its own particular qualities, looks and applications. And it strikes me that while there's lots of talk about the opportunity for wood as the most sustainable material for all kinds of construction and design, a good understanding of the particular characteristics of individual species and how they perform is a really fundamental issue. There are too many horror stories out there about the failure of certain species because they were just not up to the job. That's why we have put a lot of time and effort into the development of our new Species Guide - technical information on our 20 American hardwood species put together with engineers, designers and architects in mind. Its downloadable from the website and I hope it will go a long way to help anyone choosing hardwood to pick the right one for the job.
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