Interior design trends woodworkers should know of.

The wood industry is often influenced by a number of factors that aren’t always directly associated with wood or woodworking. Just as in any other industry, it’s all about supply and demand. For example, the burl industry has been affected by the automotive industry. Automotive manufacturers pulled back on their purchase of wood veneer as... Continue Reading →

The History of California’s Walnuts

Here at California Pacific Specialty Woods we provide many different types of wood, but the majority of what we harvest is walnut wood. If you take a drive through Northern California’s back roads, one might think that walnut trees have always grown in California. This assumption could be expected based on the obvious amount of... Continue Reading →

Hardwood VS Softwood

When most think of the term hardwood, it is assumed that the name has reference to the actual hardness or density of the wood. The same could be said for the term softwood, that per its name, this wood is inherently softer than hardwood. Ironically, the terms hardwood and softwood have no reference to the... Continue Reading →

What is Plain Sawn? Quarter Sawn? Rift Sawn?

Plain Sawn: Plain sawn, also known as flat sawn, is the most cost-efficient method of milling logs into slabs and planks. It is achieved by milling parallel through the log, minimizing waste and maximizing lumber and slab size. There are however drawbacks to milling in this fashion, including possible twisting and cupping during drying. Quarter... Continue Reading →

Walnut Wood

Bastogne Walnut, also called Paradox, is a hybrid between Claro and English walnut strains. The trees produce particularly hard wood with exquisite character in both coloring and grain. The colors vary from a light golden yellow to red and dark brown, sometimes even producing streaks of nearly blackish brown. Grain can be straight or irregular,... Continue Reading →

The Live Edge Trend

In a world that is quickly becoming digital and mass produced, there is a trend growing that emphasizes natural beauty and uniqueness.  Furniture for the longest time was built and shaped to be symmetrical, with refined edges and smooth flowing grain.  Lately however, the beauty of imperfection has been highlighted through the work of artisans... Continue Reading →

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