Imperfect, Perfect Lumber: Lumber Continually Gives, Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at some of the ways that the lumber industry truly gives back to us, on a global level, largely because of the biosequestration process. Here in Part 2, we’re going to continue to unpack the dynamics of how not only trees, but also the lumber industry in particular, benefits the […]

Imperfect, Perfect Lumber: Lumber Continually Gives, Part 1

As we discussed the positive aspects of wood movement, we compared its predictable, constant movement with that of composite decking. Unpredictable and problem movement isn’t the only problem with manufactured building products: None of them are quite as green as natural lumber is. The resurgence of appreciation of real wood isn’t just a victory for […]

Imperfect, Perfect Lumber: Lumber Continues To Move, Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1, lumber movement cannot be completely stopped. As part of the same natural design that provided nutrients to the tree while it was living, the medullary rays once used to deliver nutrients throughout the tree serve a purpose in milled lumber, as well, continually allowing it to come into equilibrium […]

Imperfect, Perfect Lumber: Lumber Continues To Move, Part 1

While technically, a tree is no longer living once it’s cut down, it continues to move and give to its environment, as long as it remains in solid form. We can restrain its movement in various ways, yet the very fibers of its being continue to move. Instead of trying to keep it from moving, […]

Imperfect, Perfect Lumber: Large Timbers Will Have Cracks, Part 2

Perhaps you’re not quite sold on the idea that cracks and checks actually enhance the natural beauty of large timbers: You’d much prefer to avoid those unsightly characteristics altogether. Well, you can do it, if you want to. But once you understand how, we think you’ll change your mind. Maybe you can even find beauty […]

Imperfect, Perfect Lumber: Large Timbers Will Have Cracks, Part 1

This series about “Imperfect, Perfect Lumber” is designed to remind all of us that lumber is the perfectly beautiful result of nature. This series will address the following topics: why there is cracking in large timbers; why lumber continues to move; and why lumber continually gives. When we compare lumber to manufactured products like plastic, […]

Lumber Color Change, an In-Depth Look, Part 3

After looking at how much grain and other factors contribute to variation in color, you may be ready to throw up your hands in frustration and resign yourself to a mismatched deck or composite materials. Don’t take any drastic measures, though. Remember that decking isn’t a finished product and not only did lumber build this […]

Lumber Color Change, an In-Depth Look, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three main influences on wood grain, which is the main contributing factor when it comes to wood color, bar none. In summary, density variation, seasonal shifts, and sawing techniques all contribute to the face grain of a board, which, in turn, determines its apparent color. In […]