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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:

    • 4/4 x 4” x 36”
    • 4/4 x 12” x 12”
    • 8/4 x 6” x 12”
    View a Board Foot Calculator
  • 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:

    • FAS

      Hardwood's best grade yields about 85% to 90% clear cuttings.  Most boards are 6" and wider, 8' and longer. (Exceptions: Walnut and butternut are 5" and wider, 6' and longer.)

    • FAS 1 FACE & BETTER
      Subject to the same grading rules as FAS except that the board is graded from the better side and backside must grade at least No. 1 Common.
    • SELECTS
      4" and wider, 6' and longer.  Better side grades FAS; reverse side grades No. 1 Common.  Short and narrow boards are usually clear.
    • No. 1 COMMON
      An economical grade.  Yields over 67% clear cuttings.  Most boards are 3" and wider, 4' and longer.
  • What are common characteristics and  uses for different kinds of wood?
  • View the following links for more information:
    http://www.deanwood.com/genuine_mahogany_lumber.html
    http://www.fatandys.com/hardwood_lumber.htm