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|There has been a resounding surge in the number of alternative materials used in the home-improvement industry over the last several years. Many have gained such prominence that do-it-yourselfers could overlook a material that has been used for decades and has many practical applications and benefits over other media.
Benefits to Wood
Wood has been relied upon as a building material for thousands of years. It has been used for everything from building homes to constructing furniture. Building with wood is environmentally responsible, cost-effective and produces aesthetically appealing results, say the experts at Woodcraft, one of the nation’s oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and supplies. Just take a look at a few of the benefits of untreated wood:
- completely biodegradable
- a great insulator
- relatively inexpensive
- 100 percent renewable
- produced using less energy than concrete, plastic or aluminum
- readily available
- easy to cut, shape and secure
- durable (historic wood buildings are a testament to this fact)
- resistant to some of the chemicals destructive to other materials
- attractive for interior and exterior uses
Many people operate under the misconception that wood is not friendly for the environment. Actually, current certification programs around the world are ensuring that harvested wood is done in a responsible manner with a percentage of trees planted for every one cut down. Wood is also recyclable and reusable. Reclaimed wood is a popular trend in design as of late, and using salvaged wood can provide a distinctive design element.
Getting Started With Wood
Individuals interested in wood products can turn to Woodcraft for all of their supply needs. The company offers over 32 varieties of domestic and exotic woods combined in addition to a bevy of woodworking tools and finishes to complete a range of projects. Some of these wood species include, Ash, Basswood, Bloodwood, Bocote, Ebony, Maple, Oak, Padauk, Pine, and Purpleheart, and there are also sub-varieties of various species such as Ambrosia Maple, Bird’s Eye Maple, Burl Maple. If you are unfamiliar with the various species of wood, Woodcraft offers a Wood Identification Kit, which features fifty 4" x 9" veneer samples. The kit is an excellent resource for choosing woods for future projects, testing finishes, or teaching. Each sample includes a listing of species, botanical names and country of origin.
Another interesting way to get acquainted with the characteristics of various species is through intarsia, or a form of wood inlaying. Woodcraft has books and DVDs to help you get started, such as “Intarsia: Easy To Make Inlay Wood Projects,” by Judy Gale Roberts. The company also offers a host of project guides with step-by-step instructions to take you through simple builds to more complex woodworking enterprises. When a project is completed, be sure to give it a finished look with General Finishes stains and top coats.
Woodworking can be a hobby, profession or a passion. It is also a skill that can help build confidence and pride in younger enthusiasts. It’s a great way for family members to bond and spend time together.
For more information about a Woodcraft retail center near you or to shop online, visit www.woodcraft.com