Thank you everyone who came out to the AWI Chapter meeting in our design studio! Scott Markwood of Hafele presented an outstanding program on SEO, Marketing, and Social Media and afterwards we went out to the SkillsUSA competition at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Kids who compete there are among the most talented in the nation at their craft. Watching the future grow is one of the most exciting things in life…
Panel walls featuring Interwood quartered White Oak are currently being featured in a Verizon Wireless data commercial. 1155 Avenue of the Americas, completed in fall 2016, was used as a site location in the NYC focused commercial showing a typical New Yorker on the go, using his data. The main lobby and elevator corridors are a single Quartered White Oak log of consistent color and straight grain, specified by Studios Architecture. The log was purchased in the fall of 2015, lay up was done in winter of 2016, and 1155 was open to filming last fall.
Lay up by: Custom Plywood, IN
Woodwork by: Corporate Woodworking, NJ
Architect: Studios Architecture, NYC
Under normal circumstances, royal property belonging to the crown of England is considered sacrosanct and most definitely not for sale.
A Lebanese Cedar from Windsor Park however, has become the big exception to this rule, sold to Fritz Kohl since it had died 2 years ago and needed to be felled. It was planted in 1760 by the Duke of Cumberland, the third youngest son of King George II, who was nominated to be “Ranger of the Park” by the king and who turned the park into today’s structure.
The tree was 6 feet in diameter and well over 26 feet long with the first 26 feet being pure veneer quality. During the veneer production of the tree, German television, radio and press were present to broadcast this “royal” event!
The produced quality of the Lebanese Cedar exceeded every expectation and resulted in a total of 130,404 sqft of the finest quality imaginable. Perfectly suited for a high-class project whose owner gets a unique product nobody else in the world will ever own.
From the gardens of the Queen of England to the woods of Lower Franconia…
1: Over 26 feet tall and a diameter of almost 6 feet, Fritz Kohl Veneer Mill bought the Lebanese Cedar tree from English Windsor Great Park.
2. The Lebanon-Cedar belongs to the oldest tree species. They can be over 1,000 years old.
3. The tree delivers roughly 16 cubic meters of wood and will be processed into veneer in Karlstadt in Lower Franconia.
4. Before this extraordinary tree is brought to Karlstadt, it will be flitched in Westphalia, Germany. With a length of 26 feet, the cedar is just too big for the factory in Karlstadt.
5. A large portion of the veneer will probably go back to England. The reason for this being national pride: Veneer made from wood from the royal parks is very special to the British.
6. Most of the Lebanese Cedar that is on the market today comes from England or France. In Lebanon, where it originally comes from, there are barely any in existence.
7. Fritz Kohl has been waiting months for the Lebanese Cedar, says the factory manager Fred Kohl. The tree will arrive shortly in Lower Franconia.
Processing an English Cedar in the veneer factory Kohl in Karlstadt
Rolling out the red carpet for a Lebanese Cedar log from the Windsor Great Park near London. It will be cut into veneer at the Fritz Kohl Veneer Mill in Karlstadt Germany. The individual sheets of veneer are only 0.55 millimeters thick. The tree, which costs 23,000 dollars, will yield roughly 100,000 square feet of veneer. That is the size of two football fields. Before being cut, the wood will be steamed so that it will be smooth and sleek. About 20,000 square feet of the Cedar veneer will go back to London, in order to panel the main offices of the royal estates.
November 29th, 2016
For the love of trees! The economic and environmental value of every street growing tree in NYC.
This is such an educational look at tree species and a beautiful example of data visualization! New York City has long been leading the way in these types of data sharing and analysis projects. So, so cool.
Check this out and be proud of the trees in your city too!
September 27th, 2016
Over the summer our VP Rick Banas was interviewed by the Home Trust International column Leaders in Luxury. The original interview can be found here.
Rick Banas, Vice President, Interwood Forest Products
The Home Trust (THT): What first compelled you to enter your business field?
Rick Banas (RB): I was raised on a nursery, growing yew shrubs, trees, etc. I spent all of my free time outdoors mainly in the woods taking in all of nature’s wonders.
THT: What inspires you and who has most influenced you?
RB: My father and mother, Polish and German immigrants who came to this country with nothing and worked hard to establish themselves.
THT: What is the best advice you ever received?
RB: Work hard, stay focused and know what you want (to achieve).
THT: In what ways has your company changed over the years?
RB: We started out as a commodity driven company and have slowly morphed into a leading company dealing in specialty products.
THT: What is your favorite object that reflects extraordinary design?
RB: Trees are just like people… they each exhibit different colors, grains, figure types, and have many unique characteristics.
THT: What makes a room sing?
RB: The combination of natural colors, grains and figure types. “The Art of Nature” sings.
THT: Do you have a particular place you enjoy visiting? Is there a place you consider your secret hideaway?
RB: Well having been to 48 countries there are too many places to list, however when it comes to a combination of food, wine, scenery, and friendly people, it is hard to beat Italy.
THT: Please tell us about your taste in music. Do you have a favorite author or artist?
RB: Having played music since I was young, I have developed a taste for classical as well as jazz. That being said, Wynton Marsalis is my favorite artist.
THT: Do you have a favorite museum?
RB: The Smithsonian! And the variety of interesting and amazing things that they exhibit!
THT: When you’re not working where are you most likely to be found?
RB: Landscaping, fishing, or woodworking.
THT: What makes a great organization?
RB: The people within.
THT: Why The Home Trust?
RB: A new approach for us to reach out to those who want exclusivity!
THT: If you weren’t in your current field, what would you be doing?
RB: Landscaping or gardening
THT: Any parting words?
RB: Do what is in your heart and you will never have to work a day in your life.
THT: Great advice. Thank you Rick.
September 15th, 2016
Our Great European Mappa slabs are large, sturdy, and reflect all the beauty of nature. We kept a finished slab in our showroom as an example of our lumber inventory. As this tree was being sliced, a Russian coin was discovered. It had been used as target practice… and the bullet was still inside!
August 2nd, 2016
In just three more weeks we’ll be walking the halls of the International Woodworking Fair! The IWF comes every two years and brings together all the players, big and small, of the woodworking industry. Be they suppliers, manufacturers, customers, or interested design professionals. We’re excited to be introducing our two new sales reps, Will McElmurrey and Brooke Roberson along with our longtime Lumber Sales Manager, Dave Kiley.
We won’t have a booth this year but we’ll be ready with handy information packets and scheduling availability for woodworking and design professionals.
So come on down to the wood fair! We can’t wait to meet you!
July 20th, 2016
We’re proud to annouce we’ve completed new training from the International Wood Products Association!
This badge shows we’ve completed the Wood Trade Compliance Training and Due Diligence Tools course in High Point. This includes a comprehensive analysis of the requirements of the Lacey Act and other laws relevant to trade in wood products. This course was developed in partnership with the World Resources Institute and supported by the US Agency for International Development.
Interwood has been a member of the IWPA for many years. We’ve been featured in the quarterly magizine twice highlighting our involvment in the Burj Duabi as well as our sourcing to a fleet of private aircraft.
July 15th, 2016