DomesticsAromatic Cedar, Ash, Basswood, Birch, Bird’s Eye Maple, Butternut, Cherry, Curly Maple, Hard Maple, Hickory, PA White Pine (Clear), PA White Pine (Red Knot), Poplar, Quartered Red Oak, Quartered White Oak, Red Oak, Sassafras, Soft Maple, Walnut, White Oak
ImportsBalsa, Bloodwood, Bubinga, Burmese Teak, Cocobolo, Honduran Mahogany, Ipé, Peruvian Walnut, Purple Heart, Quarter Sawn Sapele, Red African Padouk, Spotted Gum, Wenge, Yellow Heart, Zebrawood
f you’ve never bought hardwoods from us, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. We sell nice Appalachian hardwoods — which are really nice hardwoods. Then again, what else would you expect us to say?
In the old days, the lumber salesman that called on us would come in and drone on… and on… and on about how nice their lumber was. What else was he gonna’ tell us, ‘We have s#@*?!’” Anyway… we really do have nice Appalachian hardwoods. Nice color. Nice widths. And in most thicknesses — 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 12/4 and 16/4. The grade we stock is FAS. The highest grade assigned by the hardwood association and dried to a moisture content of 6 to 8%. We sell it in the rough. Or if you don’t have the equipment to machine and sand it, we’re happy to finish them in our shop for a nominal fee.
We struggled with the issue of selling tropical hardwoods for a long time. A long time. But after talking with the Tropical Forest Foundation and a number of brokers around the country, we came to realize that by selling it we were actually on the right side of the issue. We feel we’re part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Avoiding the use of tropical hardwoods is a pretty ineffective way to encourage conservation. Boycotting their use devalues them and removes the incentive for investing in better management of tropical forests. Think about it. If there’s no value to the timber found in tropical forests, then slash and burn tactics and denuding of the land for agricultural use are the only options for the poor trying to eke out a living off the land and destroying the very forests we’re trying to preserve.