Top Customer Service and Lumber Quality OnlineOn a recent fly fishing and Mountain Biking trip to Michigan, I stopped by Bell Forest Lumber in Ishpeming, MI. Boone and Eric sat down with me to talk about their online retail lumber business and it was a really interesting look at an entirely different business model to […]
Softwood Forestry ManagementIn this episode I talk about genetically modified Chestnut, Red Oak sizes, Whitewood, the difference between hardwood and softwood, and old studs vs new studs. The theme really is softwoods and how those resources are managed very differently from our hardwood forests. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with questions and feedback, you make […]
CITES regulates, Not EnforcesFormed in 1960, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its goal is to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival of plants and wildlife. Every year the convention meets and individual governments can propose whether a species should be listed or […]
300 containers of Bubinga go missingOn today’s show I have to talk about the fiasco in Gaboon with the missing Bubinga, but also answer some questions on getting starting in the lumber import/export business.FeedbackChris works for a lumber company and after sharing this show with his boss, they are now using it to train new […]
Identify How ANY Species Will WorkThis episode is essentially the condensed audio version of the 2 hour class I taught at Woodworking in American in 2016. I’ve included the video of that class below if you want to delve deeper into actual species examples thrown at me from the audience. But the important part about this […]
Feedback is GoldOn today’s show I’m sharing some great feedback on the French Oak of Notre Dame, some thoughts on Ebony availability and regulation, and finally the cycle of tree blights like Thousand Canker and Emerald Ash Borer. Plus I get a tiny bit editorial about CITES and the upcoming Convention Votes. Big Thanks to […]
Hardwood Lumber Grading Can Help You Plan Your ProjectsThis episode focuses on hardwood lumber grading. I do get a bit into plywood grades. Softwood grading I try not to touch with a 10 foot pole. At least not without copious amounts of Scotch. I’m also lean heavily on NHLA (North American Hardwood Lumber Association) grading […]
French Oak is There but At What Cost?The fire at Notre Dame in Paris is just heartbreaking. As a woodworker (heck, as a human being) seeing such an amazing example of architecture destroyed hurts my heart deeply. The craftsmanship built into that structure boggles the mind and the impact it had on millions of people […]
Let’s define a few of the more common terms you will see and hear around the lumber yard.
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