Links and Articles
International Wood Products Association
The IWPA is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests.
Home Tips from Don Vandervort
Free advice on How to Install a Hardwood Floor from leading home improvement and DIY Projects expert Don Vandervort.
How Hardwood Floors Work from How Stuff Works
If you want a surefire way to improve the look and value of your home, hardwood floors are the way to go. They’re beautiful and environmentally friendly. Find out all about this sustainable floor choice.
The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association
The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association has been the voice of authority for the wood flooring industry. NOFMA is the only organization to establish and actively enforce grade rules and quality standards for most domestic species of wood flooring. There’s an excellent set of grade comparison photos on this site.
The Wood Handbook, USDA Publication
Wood as an engineering material. General Technical Report 113. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. This is the definitive guide to wood properties. This link connects to the US Forest Products Laboratory website which breaks down The Wood Handbook into individual PDF’s for each chapter.
WoodWeb – Wood Information Resource
WOODWEB provides information for the wood industry including woodworking, cabinets, components, woodworking software, wood finishing, cabinet hardware, lumber, plywood, woodworking machinery, suppliers, and tooling.
NWFA – Illegal Logging Article
In May 2008, the US Congress passed the Lacey Act which includes a ban on illegal logging. This law requires that US importers prove that all wood products imported into the United States were harvested legally.
FindAnyFloor.com – The Best Flooring Resource Site on the Web
FindAnyFloor.com is a new web site dedicated to providing the most comprehensive information about wood floorin, carpets, laminate and tile. Complete with video how to’s, buying guides, forums, installation information, etc. Check it out.