All American Lumber

 The beauty of solid hardwood is much

more than “skin deep.” Neither synthetic

nor engineered, it comes from nature – the

simplest and most reliable of origins.

Our solid hardwood pieces are made up of many pieces of wood. Each is unique and you may notice natural variations in color. The lighter pieces were closer to the tree’s bark, while the darker pieces were closer to the tree’s center. All are equally strong and impart the beauty and value that make solid hardwood second to none.

Trees grow limbs, which fall to the forest floor as the tree matures. What remains are knots in the wood. Each time you see a knot on hardwood surface, you’ll know a tree limb once grew from that spot. These natural markings have absolutely not effect on the wood’s durability and structural integrity. Knots and other characteristics are much like the nubs you find is such fine natural fabrics as silk and linen; they are indications of genuine quality.

The unique grain patterns of solid hardwoods are related to the tree’s growth rings.The distinctive differences come about as the wood is prepared for use in your home.

Trees absorb minerals and other essentials as they grow and prosper. You may see their traces in our furniture. These natural characteristics let you know you are enjoying the authentic item, and not an artificial wood imitation.

The History of American Crafted Lumber

The history of the lumber industry in the United States spans from the precolonial period of British timber speculation, subsequent British colonization, and American development into the twenty-first century. The easily available timber proved an incredible resource to early settlers, with both domestic consumption and overseas trade fueling demand. The industry expanded rapidly as Americans logged their way across the country.

Presently there is a healthy lumber economy in the United States, directly employing about 500,000 people in three industries: Logging, Sawmill, and Panel. Today, more than ever, many more workers rely on the industry for employment. Annual production in the U.S. is more than 30 billion board feet making the U.S. the largest producer and consumer of lumber.

American Loggers in Okanogan County, Washington, 1927.

Challenges in today’s market persist. Due to federal and provincial subsidies issued in Canada, Canadian lumber firms in several ways have successfully wrestled jobs and market share from the United States. Recently there has been a resurgence in logging towns in the United States. This has been due in large part to the housing recovery.

Furniture City and Modern Amish Woodworking Practices

During the second half of the 19th century, Grand Rapids became a major lumbering center, processing timber harvested in the region. By the end of the century, it was established as the premier furniture-manufacturing city of the United States. For this reason it was nicknamed “Furniture City”. After an international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Grand Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture.

A furniture-makers’ guild was established in 1931 to improve the design and craftsmanship of Grand Rapids furniture. National home furnishing markets were held in Grand Rapids for about 75 years, concluding in the 1960s. By that time, the furniture-making industry shifted to North Carolina.

Much of Grand Rapids furniture has now be outsourced to Asia. In that time, Amish builders have acquired much of the old machinery once used. However, because Amish beliefs prevent the use of electricity, many woodworking tools in Amish shops are powered by hydraulic and pneumatic power that is run on diesel compressors.

Great attention is paid to the details of the wood in the furniture-making process. Each piece of wood is hand-selected to match the specific furniture in mind. Attention is paid to the grain of the wood, both in gluing pieces together and in achieving the desired look of the finished piece. Amish furniture is also valued for its sustainability and is considered a green product. The Amish woodworkers pride themselves in their work and view their products as both a pieces of art and furnishings to be used and lived in for generations.

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