Frequently Asked Questions
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- Where is Belize?
Belize is a Central American nation located on the Caribbean Sea, south of Mexico, east of Guatemala, and north of Honduras.
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- How does wood sunken in water stay preserved?
For centuries, our logs have rested at the bottom of Belizean rivers, protected from the ravages of man and nature. This untouched environment, plus the low oxygen content of the cool, deep water, preserves the logs in pristine condition. Furthermore, anaerobic bacteria feed on the hemi-cellulose in the cell walls, allowing minerals from the water and mud to enter the wood and crystallize. The combination of the fine grain in old-growth timber and the chemical changes that occur during the long soak give the wood a resonance that cannot be created in any other way.
- What are the environmental advantages of recovering sunken logs?
- In addition to its unmatched beauty, reclaimed sunken wood has a positive impact on the environment. No trees were felled to obtain this lumber, and recovering sunken logs salvages wood that would go to waste otherwise. Our reclamation operations are primarily manpowered, so we leave a small carbon footprint in this area as well. We are very proud of the environmental advantages of our products, and this is what got us interested in the first place.
- What are hardwoods?
Hardwood is a popular name given to angiosperms: deciduous, bread-leafed, flower-bearing trees. The term does not actually describe the hardness or density of the wood. Hardwoods vary from very light, soft woods (Balsawood) to very heavy, hard woods (Lignum Vitea). Generally, they are quite easy to work with and finish.
- What is a board foot?
A board foot is a unit of measurement, and not necessarily a certain size. For instance, each of these sizes is equal to one board foot:
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- 4/4 x 4” x 36”
- 4/4 x 12” x 12”
- 8/4 x 6” x 12”
- How are Hardwoods Graded?
Typically we offer only the highest grade commonly available for each species. Grading rules are set by the National Hardwood Lumber Association:
- What are common characteristics and uses for different kinds of wood?
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