Should You Paint Your Wood?

For many, the idea of slathering paint over a beautiful piece of mahogany, rich in red color and unique in characteristics, is enough to make any wood lover cringe. However, in some instances, there is a need to paint wood, but it is important to find the right species, for an interior and exterior project, […]

Specialty Softwood Products

The same quality that you’ve come to trust when it comes to hardwoods and millwork from J. Gibson McIlvain Lumber now extends to softwoods, including high-end products such as tongue-and-groove Yellow Cedar and Red Cedar bevel-edge siding. These specialty products are dried, moved, stored, and shipped with the specific needs of softwoods in mind. While […]

Making Sure Your Lumber is Legal

Illegal wood is a problem that affects all of us. As a buyer, you need a way to know that the wood you are purchasing is, in fact, legally harvested. FSC certification once provided that guarantee, but recent events have caused people to wonder. In 2011, the Justice Department raided Gibson Guitar Company. In the […]

How Well Do You Know Your Exotic Hardwoods?

You may know Genuine Mahogany and Honduran Mahogany are the same species and that African Mahogany is still genuinely a mahogany. But do you know the difference between Utile and Sipo lumber? If you think you do, you actually don’t: Those names both refer to the exact same exotic species, an increasingly popular African alternative […]

African Lumber Species and Sustainability

For exotic hardwood lumber aficionados, African species are part of a bad news/good news scenario. The bad news is that as the available supply of popular South American lumber species such as Genuine Mahogany continues to dwindle, the prices tend to skyrocket. The good news is that several comparable African species are comparatively plentiful. Realizing […]