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ALBERTA WOOD: FOUR COMMON TREES AND THEIR PURPOSE

The beauty of Alberta, Canada is legendary.  People travel the world over to enjoy the scenic landscapes, the brilliant skies, and the dense forestry.  Alberta’s natural splendor, however, is more than just a pretty face:  The lumber industry in Alberta is alive and well, and with some of the most sought after lumberyards in North America, it is worth looking at four of the most popular and adored trees in Alberta, along with what they are typically used for. White...

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THE ABC’S OF DRYING AND MILLING

Woodworking can seem like a language all unto itself. With acronyms you can’t place and terms you’ve never heard, the vocabulary of wood drying and milling can be tricky. Here is a quick, concise, and very brief overview of some of the terms you might see or hear when you’re getting started: Air-drying (AD) – Naturally dried wood that still retains around 18% moisture.  This is typically done by separating boards with narrow sticks and encouraging...

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FIVE EASY STEPS TO DRYING YOUR OWN WOOD AT HOME

Make better projects for less. There are so many reasons why drying your own wood is the right call for you, but for many woodworkers, the reason is simple:  Drying your own wood allows you to harvest materials right in your own back yard.  Sustainable, economical, and resourceful, drying your own wood allows you the ultimate in control and creative expression when crafting structures or furniture.  Drying your own wood is not nearly as difficult or as much of a hindrance as...

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DRYING WOOD: HOW KILNS CREATE THE PERFECT CANVAS

Staring at your kitchen table, you might not fully realize the amount of time, effort, and energy that went into making that piece of furniture.  Sure, you might understand that it took a craftsman hours to design, or a woodworker days to assemble, or even the weeks of tedious finishing to create the final look.  However, what you might not realize is that the work on your table started weeks, months, and sometimes years before anyone ever put hammer to nail. Kiln drying wood can also...

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GOT STUMP TREE LIST

Apple / Crabapple / Ornamental Crabapple Tricky to work with due to its density, Apple/Crabapple wood is easy to finish, stain, and glue. Color Varies from light to dark red or grayish brown with light and dark bands, sapwood is light cream Texture Straight grain with fine and uniform texture Common Use Fine furniture, carving projects, turned items Mountain Ash One of the top ten largest trees in the world in regards to height, girth, and volume. Color Yellow to light brown...

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