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Why Choose Wood
The Miracle Product

How Woods are Named

Story of Veneer and Plywood

Sources of veneer from a tree
Veneer Cutting Methods
Veneer Matching Methods
Veneer Figures
Tree Trivia
The Utility of Wood

One of nature's greatest gifts to mankind is wood. No other material has provided so much through the centuries. Not only does it provide food, shelter, energy for warmth and cooking, clothing, tools and 10,000 other products, but it renews itself naturally. Had we not been provided this wonderful resource, we would have been forced to invent it. Trees take our waste carbon dioxide and provide the much needed oxygen our world requires for life.

Think of all the consumer products made of wood. If you add all those products that are made by processing wood into other materials, the numbers are astonishing. Products made from wood fiber include all kinds of paper and board materials, cabinets, decorative woodwork, mouldings, beautiful furniture, construction materials, sports equipment, parts for weaving and knitting mills, flooring, home building, rayon and other fibers, tanning chemicals and thousands of other products that touch our lives daily.

Different products require different kinds of trees, but in general, a cord of wood (a stack of wood 4' x 4' x 8') can produce any of the following:
7,500,000 toothpicks

1,000 to 2,000 pounds of paper (depending on the process)

942 one pound books

61,370 standard #10 business envelopes

4,384,000 commemorative-size postage stamps

460,000 personal checks

87,870 sheets of bond stationery (8 1/2 by 11)

1,200 copies of National Geographic magazine

2,700 copies of the average daily paper (36 pages)

250 copies of a typical Sunday New York Times

30 Boston Rockers

12 dining room tables (each table seats 8)
Wood for Construction
Building an average 1,900 sq.ft. home uses 11,000 board feet of lumber and up to 5,000 board feet of panel products. (A board foot is a one inch board, 12" in width and 12" in length.)