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april 2009


Forest Facts:

A typical Mediterranean vessel of ancient times was the galley, usually propelled by oars. Because the northern seas were stormier, the Viking boats, which the Norsemen were building by the 5th century, were more seaworthy.  They were believed to be the first clinker-built boats.

Quote of the Month:


A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July —

By Lewis Carroll from
“A Boat beneath a Sunny Sky”

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Lie-Nielsen – Hand Tool Event - A Great Success

We would like to thank Jeremy Tomlinson and Deneb Puchalski for showcasing
Lie-Nielsen's tools and sharing their expert advice. The general consensus was "Even old dogs could learn new tricks."   See pictures of the event


BBQ Grilling Planks

Just in time for summer season. Our BBQ planks are available in three sizes, these all natural Western Red Cedar, Western Maple and Alder take grilled salmon or seafood to a heavenly level. These grilling slabs will be a hit for
any BBQ party!
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Western Red Cedar--Sweet, spicy, with a mild smokiness; versatile for fish to veggies.

Western Alder--Robustly smoky with a hint of vanilla; ideal for salmon, plus other fish, vegetables, cheese, and even pizza.

Western Maple--Mildly smoky with buttery accents; suitable for all foods.

Go Natural.  Focus on wood and WOW your guests.  Serve your dinner on these single serving planks.  Hmmm, which flavour will it be?  They’re all sweet choices. More details available.

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Northmen Oars
The oars used by the Northmen were, to judge by the remains discovered along with old Viking ships 1 at Gokstad and elsewhere, very similar to those in use at the present time in the fishing boats around our coasts. Those of the large craft were, to judge by the length of one found whole, somewhat over 18 ft. in length with a 5-in. blade and a diameter of 3 in. halfway down the loom; some smaller oars, evidently used for boats, measured II ft. with a 4-in. blade. The oars were of pine, and the looms of some of them showed a groove cut for a clamp at the place where the oar rested on the sill of the rowlock. Comparing these oars with the measurements given below of oars now in use in the Royal Navy, it is apparent that there is no great difference in type between them.

Viking Ship Museum,
Roskilde, Denmark – 2004
Photo by Jan T Nielsen

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What’s in a name? Will the Real IPÊ Please Step Forward.

At the best of times, there is a great deal of confusion and misinformation circulating in the world of wood. Common names vary depending on where you’re feet are planted in the world. “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." --From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2).

Ipê (Tabebuia serratifolia) – that wood which we highly recommend for exterior purposes; specifically decking and outdoor furniture, often suffers from mistaken identity. Ipê wood is frequently clustered with like woods that share similar characteristics. Ipê (pronounced “ee-pay”) is the common name for the lapacho group of the neo-tropical genus Tabebuia of about 100 hardwood species in the family Bignoniaceae. Well-known by many names names including: Ipê, yellow Poui or Ipê-roxo, Ironwood, Trumpet Trees and Pau d'arco, Ipe Brazil, Amapa, cortex, Guayacan, Flor Amarillo, Greenheart, Madera negra, Tahuari, Lapacho negro. There are a number of trade names: Ironwood™, Pau Lope™ & Brazilian Walnut all commercial names given to ipê lumber by large Brazilian exporters. Other species share these trade names, such as cumaru (Dipterix odorata) and jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata). In short, the term ipê is confusingly used in a generic fashion.

Ipê wood ranges from northern Mexico and southern Florida south to northern Argentina, including the Caribbean islands; and found in a wide variety of locations such as marshes and riverbanks as well as ridge tops. Ipê trees may grow to 140 feet in height with trunk diameter of up to 6'. It is one of the tallest trees of the Amazon region and is a notable flowering tree and widely used as an ornamental in the tropics. The heartwood is typically reddish brown sometimes with a greenish tinge, often with lighter or darker striping; it can look like teak. Sapwood is relatively wide and is a much lighter white or yellow usually removed at the mill, although small strips along the edge can be present. Ipê wood products contain no added harmful chemicals so it can be used near water without potential contamination, although its dust can cause a number of respiratory and contact dermatitis allergic reactions in humans. Sometimes a yellow surface dust, called lapachol, is visible. This is a natural product that is found in quinine, and under research as a cancer preventative.

Ipê wood comes in good long lengths with limited warping; planks do not bend well, but the wood finishes and sands quite smoothly, with no splintering; glassy smooth surfaces can be produced. Because of the irregular and narrowly interlocked grain, it is moderately difficult to machine. It is very strong and thoroughly air-dried heartwood generally sinks in water. Ipê is world renown as the premium natural material for decking. It has an exceptionally high resistance to all insect and fungal attacks, and has a Class “A” fire rating in the US. Concrete and steel are rated the same. It is hard, dense, and resistant to the ravages of the elements such as rot and UV degradation. Ipê decking has withstood hurricane force winds. FSC-certified ipê wood is readily available on the market.

Inhabitants in the Amazon Region use hollowed logs of Tabebuia as large mortars. It is excellent in the preparation of coca leaves. First toasted, the leaves are then pounded with a pestle until the leaves are reduced to a very fine powder. The pestle is four or five feet in height in order to impede the escape of the impalpable coca powder during this operation. The work of pulverizing is done only by men who carry it out rigorously in a standing position. It’s a dull, rhythmic job, but as coca is a sacred plant, it is quite simply a “man’s” job.


If you’ve been following my editorials, you’ll know of our attraction to Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. In the area of the Bay of Banderas, you will see a big tall tree with brilliant yellow flower clusters standing alone amongst an open field or hidden within other tree species. These amazing trees used to be quite common; sadly like many good things, they are becoming increasingly scarce. Often there will be no greenery, just the showy yellow flowers lighting up the landscape. This is another member of the Tabebuia family called Primavera or golden mahogany or simply, the gold tree. It is a magnificent tree and is often the material of choice for doors and windows. The showy flowers are the most distinctive feature. Golden Mahogany
Nayarit, Mexico 2007 by Jan Nielsen

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