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South African softwood suffer weak sales as domestic construction activity falls

15-11-2017
South Africa, ITTO, softwood, hardwood, construction, sales, wood-based panels

Imported hardwoods however are facing buoyant sales The final quarter of the year is usually the busiest time for the building sector but pine mills have shown lackluster sales. If current market conditions continue into the New Year, competition for sales will be rife. Many pine mills are still feeling the strain of the last round of log price …

Editor’s pickPrivate lake home wrapped in hemlock façade offers comfort, warmth and respect for nature

19-06-2017
hemlock, canada, architects ACDF, softwood, lake house

Set near Lake Memphremagog in Canada, this private home is a family’s desire to return to nature, simplicity and a balanced lifestyle.   The house represents sustainable construction. It is reinterpreted to define the modern house that is generously opened on the landscape. Constructed from a variety of materials including field …

Editor’s pickWhy are saunas made of wood?

14-06-2017
wood, softwood, sauna, Finnish, Viba's sauna, Latvia

The word “sauna” means “room of wood” in Finnish. The use of wood is both a tradition and practical consideration in constructing a sauna. Firstly, they are good heat insulators; if you touch a wooden surface, the heat doesn’t sting as severely as a stone wall, for example. Wood also has antiseptic and antibacterial …

Editor’s pickCanada's lumber trade policies are unfair: Jimmy Carter

16-05-2017
US Canada lumber dispute, softwood

Ex-US president Jimmy Carter has spoken out in support of the recent 20 per cent duties imposed on Canadian lumber imports. “This belated enforcement of U.S. trade laws will help millions of private timberland owners, American forestry workers and members of their local communities by leveling the playing field in the timber …