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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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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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Despite some challenges, sapele’s color and lively grain make this wood worth the effort it takes to tame. Read on to learn how to select the best boards and make the most of them.

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines wood as “the hard substance that makes up the stems and branches of trees and shrubs” or “an area of land covered with many trees,” or “a golf club.”  For our purposes, we will focus on the first definition.

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If you look around the room you’re in, chances are you can see edge banding on some of the furniture or trim in the room. That’s because it is almost always easier and more practical to build large projects with plywood.  For furniture or other decorative pieces, plywood is a less expensive alternative to solid wood and it is dimensionally stable so you don’t have to worry about expansion or warping.  

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Ever gone on a snipe hunt?  You just go into the woods on a moonless night with a burlap bag and then the fun begins… at your expense.  A ‘Snipe Hunt’ is a practical joke where inexperienced campers hear about the fun of hunting snipe and are sent out to bag the quarry, often while banging rocks together and yelling into the night.  It’s great fun for the pranksters but not so much for the one being fooled.

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Splits

Splits in wood can bring out mixed reactions.  An optimist would see it as adding character and interest to the wood.  A pessimist would only see a defect that makes the wood less valuable and attractive.  It’s all perspective; if you are a homeowner and you have a split in your hardwood floor you are likely to be a pessimist.  On the other hand, a craftsman might be optimistic that a split will enhance the value of an artistic piece.

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