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Editor’s pickHOMAG wins special distinction at the XIA Innovation Awards

25-05-2018

The "Autonomous Cell" from HOMAG might not have fit into any of the existing categories in the selection of the winners at the XIA Innovation Awards 2018 — nevertheless, the jury was sure that this innovation from HOMAG deserved a prize. The solution: XYLEXPO awarded the cell an extraordinary prize, a "Special Mention by the Jury." Proud …

A pine pavilion fit for the pine resin history of the Huangyu village

25-05-2018

Located on a slice of land lying between the Songyin River dam and a fishpond leading to the Xiahuangyu village, the pine pavilion is a linear structure made of prefabricated wood and glass that is part art installation and mixed-used space housing a tearoom and retail area. Designed by DnA_Design and Architecture, the artwork presents a creative …

Editor’s pickSoftwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China more than tripled in ten years

24-05-2018

  Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. China imported record high volumes of softwood logs and lumber in 2017, making the country the largest log importer in the world and the second largest lumber …

Different Cuts of Tree Trunks, Different Aesthetics and Uses

24-05-2018

Wood is one of the most common materials in the world. Architects usually obtain sawn wood at a nearby store, but many of us know barely anything about its manufacturing process and all the operations that determine its appearance, dimensions, and other aspects that affect its performance. The wood we use to build is taken from more than 2000 …

Editor’s pickA wondrous child’s dream of wood and water

23-05-2018

Kids are seen frolicking in the water fountain-turned-playground A historic fountain in Loreto Square, Mexico city, is transformed into a pop-up playground for the locals. The fountain is surrounded by a plywood structure which envelopes the concrete element. The playground features two separate elevations shaped like waves around the round …

Editor’s pickSFPA/SLMA assess potential and importance of Egypt market for U.S. softwoods in new study

23-05-2018

The latest market study highlights high potential growth for U.S. wood product exports to Egypt, due to Egypt’s economic growth and strong demand from its furniture manufacturing industry Aiming to emphasise the potential and importance of Egypt as a market for U.S. softwoods, the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and Southeastern …

Editor’s pickTippet Rise Art Centre's new pine log pavilion

22-05-2018

Envisaged to be a communal gathering space resting among a grove of aspen and cottonwood trees, a 1,900 square-foot pavilion is to be built for the Tippet Rise Art Centre’s 10,000-acre grounds in Montana, United States (U.S.). West African architect Francis Kéré has been commissioned to create the pavilion. Known for his …

Editor’s pickStrong log prices make 25-year record

22-05-2018

Lumber prices have remained strong in 2018, and log prices, stronger, setting a record for sustained pricing. Moreover, mortgage rate also remained low throughout the year as the market maintained its strength, according to Natural Resource Report. Unprecedented log prices held at a record high through the winter and remained steady at US$890 per …

Uniboard® invests in TFL business expansion

21-05-2018

Uniboard recently announced a CAD$17 million (US$13.21 million) investment in a new state-of-the-art TFL press line at its Sayabec, Quebec, Canada mill.  The new press line will feature the same advanced technologies as TFL 6 with an increased capacity for its signature EIR/synchronised and deep-embossed textures, in addition …

BOX100 breaks the traditional office mould with wood and light

21-05-2018

Located on the top floor of a three-storey office building, the BOX100 is a seemingly ordinary “matchbox” that breaks the fixed office order, instead playing with architecture and space. With a vision of a “fire burning high when everybody adds wood to it,” the office is made of multilayer solid wood panels along with …