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Rocky from West Penn Hardwoods shows Frank all of the nice wood he brought to the trade show this year including an in depth look at the amazing burled Pequia slabs we currently have in stock (Fall 2018, very limited) 

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There’s something about the texture, warm hue and distinctive grain of heart pine that just makes you want to run your hand over the wood. Yes, it’s a yellow pine, but don’t confuse it with the yellow pine you’ll find at the lumberyard, often tinged pressure-treatment green. Heart pine is the heartwood of the longleaf pine tree (Pinus palustris), which is no longer harvested for commercial use and is now primarily available only as reclaimed lumber. The lumberyard stuff is slash pine (Pinus elliottii), loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) or less often, shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata).

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West Penn Hardwoods, a company that specializes in exotic wood imports, has discovered a “Tree of a Lifetime” on a farm in the jungle of Brazil. The 1,000+ year old Pequiá tree had been dead for over sixty years!

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This ornamental tree is a woodworker’s delight.

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The sugar maple (Acer saccharum) entertains millions of “leaf peepers” every fall with its fiery foliage, and pancakes everywhere drip with syrup made from the tree’s sap.

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Sometimes called “true” rosewood, Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) is a beautiful hardwood. Its namesake is inspired by the sweet rose-like scent produced when cut.

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Put these tips and techniques to work, and you’re sure to get beautiful results on your next slab or live-edge project.
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One of the most strikingly colorful woods, padauk is widely esteemed for its bold red-and-orange heartwood.
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Often tossed aside as damaged wood, craftsmen are seeking out spalted wood more and more for exactly the reason it is often trashed. Darker strands travel haphazardly throughout a piece of spalted wood, creating contrasting waves and lines that enhance the grain as only nature can. But what is spalted wood?  

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Add spice to your next project with this spalted wood.This stripey wood has its share of challenges, but understanding how to select and use the best material will reward you with spectacular results. Read on to discover how to make the most of this rare lumber.
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