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2021 is at its halfway point, demand for lumber has exploded and lumber prices have skyrocketed. Manufacturers and suppliers are playing catch up for industry pros to have the wood material they need. Not only are we all struggling to get lumber at the best price, but we’re also waiting 4-6 weeks or 2-3 months to receive it. For homeowners, designers, or contractors looking for organically beautiful, environmentally friendly, and affordable material – consider reconstituted veneer.
What is Reconstituted Veneer?
Reconstituted veneer is repurposed white hardwoods used to make stunning wood furniture and décor at a reasonable price. Recon veneer is thinly sliced from large, straight logs that have little to no defects. Logs are sustainably sourced and maximized by using the best part of the log for numerous sheets. With any kind of veneer, there is no worry about knots, insect damage, ring shake, or seams. Every single sheet has a similar color and grain, making it perfect for architectural panels. The unique appearance of the lumber is captured producing a stunning natural wood grain veneer.
It is no secret that recomposed and man-made materials preserve natural resources needed for future generations. While reconstituted veneer is a valuable resource for green living, it does involve a lengthy process. First, the wood is sliced from the log then the sheets are dyed to get the desired wood grain color. Next, the thin strips of wood are layered, glued, and stained to replicate a beautiful, natural wood grain. The veneer block is pressed and re-sliced into paper-thin sheets that are used for countless projects. The block is turned for different cuts that produce different looks such as plain with cathedrals, rift, or quartered.
Why Reconstituted Veneer?
Not only are we helping preserve the environment by using reconstituted veneer but we’re also choosing a more durable material. When the veneer is placed onto MDF or substrate, it’s strengthening the thin sheet of wood and the finished product. Real wood moves – it can crack, warp or swell over time due to moist conditions or extreme temperatures. A reconstituted veneer can withstand those types of conditions and remain strong, unmoved for years to come.
Recon veneer is also ideal for large projects where the wood grain needs to be consistent throughout. Major commercial remodels utilize reconstituted veneer panels, cabinets, countertops, and more in a single space. This also makes it easy to match that specific color and grain if more material is needed later. Interior designers will choose recon veneer when their client wants an exotic wood species but doesn’t want to pay exotic prices.
At Woodstock Architectural Products, we supply a line of natural and Remarkable Veneers. Our real wood veneers come from across the globe spanning almost every single continent. They do not have a backer and are typically 4’x8’ sheets. We have a full gallery of different colors and species to choose from. If there is a veneer outside of our gallery, we can get it for you!
The weather is heating up and we’re all starting to venture back outside. But enjoying a night out with a cool breeze and a beautiful sunset is easier with a new deck. Decking that extends the front or back of your house giving you more living space is a summer fun must-have. Spend time with friends and family on a high-quality wood deck for memorable summer nights.
Why Wood Decking
Wood used to be the only choice for decking material but today options include aluminum, plastic & composite (wood look-alike). Of course, our top choice is solid lumber. Yes, the alternative material options are typically lower maintenance. Solid wood decking offers many benefits. It is durable, organic, easy to install, and not to mention your bare feet will be more comfortable!
If you’re installing a new deck or replacing an old one, it’s important to know your options. Solid wood decks should last between 15-25 years with some upkeep throughout those years. Typically, every two to three years your deck will need to be thoroughly cleaned and re-stained to preserve its natural beauty. Some wood planks may be pressure treated or thermo treated – both designed to make the wood stronger, longer-lasting, and resistant to insects. Unlike pressure-treated wood, thermal or heat-treated wood is not exposed to harmful chemicals. Let’s dive into the top 3 wood species for decking (plus our 2 personal favorites!)
What Type of Wood
Cedar is the expensive and most popular choice amongst homeowners. Cedar is an ideal choice because it is wear-resistant, resistant to moisture and naturally fights against rot and bugs. Another key advantage is its flexibility to bend without breaking and adapt to its surroundings. Cedar will withstand extreme heat or cold with little cracking over time.
Redwood, once the most popular choice, is also one of the most expensive. Because of its loved red-brown coloring and fire resistance, redwood forests have been victims of excessive logging. There is less old-growth material and more new-growth lumber which isn’t as durable. Redwood has the same pros as cedar – bug repellent, slow to wear, and can hold up in any environment.
Ipe is a tropical hardwood that is 8 times harder than redwood. Its strength and longevity are almost unmatched compared to the first two options. It also resists mold, rot, decay, fire, and insects. It ranges in color more so than other options as well with shades of red-brown to a golden brown. Beware of dark wood grains because it heats up more than lighter wood. Ipe wood grain is tight and interlocking which makes it slip-resistant as well.
Thermally treated wood decking such as Thermo Ash decking is more stable and less prone to decay. The heat treatment helps the deck stay in place and shiftless over the years while remaining all-natural and chemical-free. Thermo Ash is the eco-friendlier choice because it is normally sourced responsibly and not reducing old-growth forests nor tropical forests.
Reclaimed wood decking is a favorite because of its unique appearance. All redwood decking may look similar but no two reclaimed wood decks will. With reclaimed wood, you can choose almost any color planks from white and grey to brown and red. The planks are finished to make the surface smooth and better for bare feet. Our reclaimed wood is decades old; this wood has proven it can withstand insects, rot, decay, and severe weather. We now offer flame-resistant planks to give you that outdoor oasis you always wanted while keeping the family safe too.
Reach out to one of our experts if you have more questions about decking options!
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Re-design with Live-Edge Wood
Being quarantined at home, waking up surrounded by the same thing every day has us ready to freshen up our spaces. Bring life to any room with live-edge wood! Live-edge wood is named for the distinctive look that surfaces when a tree is cut to reveal its darker inner grain and it is outer, lighter sap all in one unique slab. Not only does each piece provide a natural, calming effect – each piece also promotes organic, green living.
A custom door as one-of-a-kind as you are, can be a showstopper in your home. Use a sliding barn door as a divider between the living and dining room or entry into a bathroom or bedroom. Either way they are sure to wow, when designed to your exact liking.
A pristine hand-crafted barn door from Woodstock is: 1) Functional – it’s easy to install and slides in & out of place taking up limited space 2) Stylish – it enhances the comfort and feeling of openness in any room 3) Friendly – budget friendly starting $1,000 less than a standard door & eco-friendly reclaimed barnwood doors are unique and help reduce deforestation.
A good wood craftsman knows the most consistent thing about wood, is that it’s never consistent. Each tree has an origin story and each grain is never the same. However, the more familiar you become with wood, the easier it is to remember all its complexities. Here on the west coast, there are many native trees that have some of the most beautiful wood to familiarize yourself with. Alligator Juniper, California Buckeye & Mesquite trees are all native to the south west region of the United States.
Remodeling? Want to do something different in your home but don’t know what? No need for wallpaper or paint, cover your wall with the timeless beauty of wood. Wood wall paneling can be 3D, reclaimed or matched & sequenced.
Residential or commercial, big, or small – any wall can be Woodstocked! With our patent pending click and stick method, installing your wood wall has never been easier. It is quick, mess-free, and simple for any do-it-yourself-er. Gayline, our in-house design expert can help you select the exact wall you need for your home or building.
Custom does not mean complicated. When some people hear “custom”, they think long wait times, high prices & a difficult process. Custom manufacturing at Woodstock is not a nightmare. Our professional staff understands what makes a product special: the quality of materials, uniqueness of design, customizable options and high level of service.
From the moment you walk in the door, to the time you are admiring the completed product in your home, we want it to be a peaceful process. Find comfort in knowing that your product was crafted with love. A love for wood and a love for our clients!
Kevin travels through the country to hand select wood from 100-year-old barns. Every time he goes on one of these journeys, he learns another interesting wood origin story. Recently, while in Kentucky he saw barns that have been around for over 150 years, dating back to the civil war.
The wood Kevin hand selects is real, durable and a part of the United States’ history. Its authenticity can’t be beat or easily recreated. Just as memorable as America’s wars are, so is the look and feel of reclaimed barn wood. Considered an American treasure, reclaimed woods’ possible uses are endless from furniture and décor to aroma and appeal.
Wood is versatile – it ranges in color, shape, and size. Your piece of furniture starts as a tree, cut down by a lumberjack. The tree is sliced into logs by a mill and hand crafted into your dream piece. The process is exciting and challenging, now imagine slicing the wood to 2 mm thick making it as thin as a slice of cheese for a hamburger. The sheets can be as thin as 0.6 mm that can cover other surfaces instead of one solid piece of wood. That is veneer – a type of overlay decorative surface that can cover cabinets, dressers, counters, shelves, racks, walls…the list is essentially endless. Veneer makes the application of wood more flexible.
When shopping around for live edge wood, beyond finding a piece that catches your eye, the quality of the wood slab is very important. As a custom shop, we choose the absolute best wood materials and provide exceptional craftmanship for your finished product. We are sharing 5 expert tips for shoppers on the hunt for live edge wood.
There are so many ways to decorate your home. With a personalized design and custom furniture, your home becomes your oasis. Never settle for less when creating your indoor haven, go big! A dramatic décor choice that will enhance any room are faux and hand hewn beams.
No matter which type you choose, wood beams can add depth to any room making it beautiful. Beams don’t have to be limited to a ceiling; they can frame a room by being placed vertically from floor to ceiling. Schedule a free project consultation to find the right beam for you.
Cameron Fults, a lover of the arts is a trained classical guitarist. After graduating, Cameron joined Woodstock Architectural Products full time operating the production facility and warehouse. He took the time out of his busy day of manufacturing to tell us what he loves about wood, his favorite projects, and fascinating wood facts.
Go behind the scenes with Cameron in our warehouse. He makes wood manufacturing look like a breeze!
Winter season is in full effect with snowmaking record appearances and temperatures steadily dropping. Get cozy next to your fireplace to keep warm, but why not enjoy the scenery too?! Finding the right mantel to enhance the look of your fireplace has never been easier. Match it to your interior design theme or choose a show-stopping, stand out mantel.
At Woodstock AP, we listen then we create! Our team of design experts keep up with the latest design trends and find the best material. No matter the design theme or even if you have no design in mind, we can help.
Black History Spotlight - African American Woodworkers
Wood has always been a prominent building and construction material because it’s durable yet versatile. Making things from wood can start as a simple hobby and over time become your skill. Then beyond skill, there is a natural talent. Many woodworking projects today are replicas of another man’s creation.
While imitation is the best flattery it’s important to pay homage to those who paved the way before us. After the 13th amendment abolished slavery, many men had learned a trade that they continued to master as freemen. African American woodworkers were familiar with the beauty of wood and thus made beautiful cabinets, furniture, bed frames, instruments, and more.
One of the most important architectural details in your home is moulding. It is the frame to your entire house that sets the stage from ceiling to floor. Interior trim is versatile, beyond framing each room you can use decorative mouldings to add design accents to the walls. As the #1 provider of custom moulding profiles in Las Vegas – we can match any profile brought to us! We grind custom profiles up to 9” with our knife grinding equipment. On-site in our showroom and mill we have 4,000 moulding profile knives that you can choose from.