Wood is renewable and using it is good for the environment. Indiana is currently growing over three times more wood than it is harvesting. Dry wood is one-half carbon. Its use for products sequesters this carbon, helping to negate global warming.

Relatively inexpensive thin kerf band saws have made it possible to salvage small quantities of trees and for more producers to enter the market. As a result, small quantities of lumber can be produced and sold for less money than at traditional distribution yards or retail outlets.

Urban tree utilization is beneficial for the local economy and is environmentally friendly. Many consider it a "green" process because the dry wood will be used as lumber, instead of being burned or left to decompose. As a result, less carbon is released into the atmosphere.

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Red Oak Lumber

Red Oak Lumber

Air-dried 4/4 Red Oak lumber, good widths and 16'3" and 17'6" lengths. 493 board feet from just two logs, so high quality. $1.50 per board foot with a 100 board foot minimum.

We also have kiln-dried 4/4 Red Oak lumber, suitable for cutting into parts or for use as rustic paneling or flooring. $1.50 per board foot - no minimum.

Solid Wood Paneling

Solid Wood Paneling

We have well machined, tongue-and-groove, bead-one-edge solid hardwood wall paneling 8 to 12 feet long.

Indiana hardwood lumber

The number one value crop in Indiana is trees and we are first in the nation in office furniture and cabinet production and second in veneer production. Indiana is known the world over for the highest quality White oak and Walnut timber. Foreign buyers come from across Europe, Japan, and, more recently, all Southeast Asian countries to purchase these and other species. Lumber, veneer and wood products manufacturing is the 6th largest industry in Indiana. Just over 20% (4.7 million acres) of the Indiana land base is forested. This forest grows 3.8 times more trees than the number being cut. The state ranks third in hardwood lumber production. The Indiana wood industry employs 50,000 people with a payroll of $1.4 billion and the regional economic impact is $17 billion.

For more details see Indiana Forest Facts.

Hardwood Lumber Book

This full-color, soft-cover book brings together a lifetime of sawmill experience and technical training to help readers solve lumber manufacturing problems and save money. It includes chapters on wood quality, hardwood and softwood lumber grading, lumber pricing, log grading and pricing, lumber drying, stain and insect control, logs for fine face veneer, potential markets, sales techniques, and more. It is a comprehensive reference guide for those who manufacture and market Eastern hardwood lumber in the United States. While it's written for owners of small, home-based lumber mills, the information is also useful for traditional lumber manufacturers.

The author has spent 40 years in close association with both the hardwood lumber and veneer-producing industries, as well as with the users of hardwood products. He has participated in hundreds of plant visits, organized and conducted many educational seminars, and written extensively.

The book was produced in conjunction with the US Forest Service. It is available to download for free in PDF format at Manufacturing and Marketing Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills.

A printed copy of this book is available at a cost of $45 which includes shipping to all U.S. states and sales tax.

Hardwood Veneer: Species and Defects

Hardwood veneer logs command a premium price in comparison to sawlogs and other fiber products of the forest. As an example, Settle and Gonso, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Division of Forestry, and Mike Seidl, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, report that the prices paid for the highest quality delivered white oak sawlogs in Indiana averaged $1300 per thousand board feet, Doyle Scale in September 2017. In the same report, several diameter categories and two quality classifications are used to report delivered veneer log prices. For the lower quality classification and the smallest DIB class (13-14 inches), the price for white oak veneer logs was $1900 per MBF but increasing to nearly $4167 per MBF for 28 inch DIB logs of the highest quality. Thus, it usually makes good economic sense to market high quality logs of the appropriate species to the face veneer industry rather then processing them for the green wholesale lumber market.

Hardwood veneer logs fetch premium prices compared to other lumber products. Greg Hartog of Danzer Veneer Americus explains what defects veneer log buyers are looking for in specific tree species. For more information about veneer quality, see Factors Affecting the Quality of Hardwood Timber and Logs for Face Veneer.