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Wilsonart Offers Laminate Designs Inspired by Endangered Wood Species

Posted on 09 November 2017 by cradmin

Midnight Ebony

Wilsonart has created a collection of 16 laminate designs to capture the unique beauty of some of the world’s most exotic wood species. The Nature Undisturbed collection allows architects and designers the opportunity to specify designs that incorporate the look of threatened wood species without further endangering the forests.

Celebrating and preserving nature’s beauty, Wilsonart addresses exotic woods and regionally-inspired patterns through its Virtual Design Library (VDL) of laminate surfaces:

Vulnerable Wood Species

  • Umber Makore duplicates an endangered wood from West Africa where overexploitation is leading to serious population declines, notably in Ghana and in Liberia, where there is a possibility of the species becoming extinct. This medium-sized straight grained wood is a mid-tone warm brown with subtle firings throughout.
  • Indonesian Rosewood is an endangered wood. Its timber is of high commercial value and wild subpopulations are widely overexploited with illegal felling, placing considerable pressure on this species.This VDL laminate design is a fawn brown exotic wood with full cathedrals in a deeper brown found throughout this stunning large-scale woodgrain.
  • Mahogany from Central and South America is a vulnerable species and is the most commercially important of the mahoganies. Exhaustion of the species is especially hard in the northern regions of its growth. Harvesting and processing of these trees is only 50 percent efficient. Java Mahogany is a rich wood design in a deep coffee / java brown, full of soft delicate graining and some firing. Autumn Mahogany is a rich golden brown with subtle planking and full of firing.
  • Heartwood Cocobolo is a rich deep brown exotic wood pattern with black graining and pale sap lines that are found throughout the large-scale woodgrain. Cocobolo is a vulnerable species intensely exploited as a timber. Areas where the species was formerly widespread are almost completely exhausted, most notably in Costa Rica. The habitat has been exploited for 400 years and continuing reductions are caused through cattle ranching and fires.
  • Midnight Ebony mirrors African black wood, a near threatened wood from South Africa, which also is considered the first Ebony. Levels of exploitation are very high and larger or suitably exploitable trees are becoming increasingly scarce, causing concern over genetic erosion in many populations. The laminate is full of rich browns and ebony color with full featured unique cathedrals and bold graining.
  • Quartered Koa replicates the elegant straight grain wood from Hawaii. This highly desirable premium species is not considered vulnerable. However, due to land clearing and invasive species, these trees are not growing to maturity. The species is not found below 600 M elevation, but can be located only in high altitudes in remote areas of the island. The woodgrain design is full of beautiful flaming.
  • With its characteristic bold dark down wood graining found throughout, Zebrawood is a vulnerable species from West Africa. It is listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of more than 20 percent in the past three generations caused by a decline in its natural range. Natural Zebrawood is a beautiful natural color with bold ebony straight graining.
  • Eucalyptus, though not vulnerable, is included into this exotic wood collection based on its unique graining and coloring. Red River Gum Eucalyptus is offered in 3 colorways: Sienna Eucalyptus is a large-scale dark warm brown wood with charcoal graining running throughout. Fawn Eucalyptus is warm café au lait coloration with some deep golden and brown graining running throughout. Raw Eucalyptus is a natural coloration of the eucalyptus full of golden tones with warm grey and dark brown graining.

Regionally-Inspired Patterns

  • Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles which employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. Artisans from Central Asia created this weaving method with cultures across the world creating their own versions. Traditional Ikat weaving requires the artisan to dye the pattern into the weft thread using a method similar to tie dying. When the artisan is stringing the weft onto the loom, it is very difficult to get the pattern on the threads to line up. This is how the blurring effect that Ikats are known for happens. After the warp is attached to the loom, a solid colored warp is woven into the weft. Shadow Ikat is a dark charcoal large-scale chevron pattern in an Ikat style. Fog Ikat is a large-scale warm mid-tone grey pattern inspired by Ikats in a chevron pattern. Baltic Blue Ikat is a stunning cobalt blue large-scale chevron pattern inspired by the Ikat weaving tradition.
  • Kilim is a flat woven rug from Central Asia. Skilled artisans weave the rugs together using the same technique as tapestry weaving. Tarnished Kilim is a dark monochromatic steel grey color in a medium-scale modern interpretation of the Kilim rug. This medium allover-scale pattern has a distressed texture adding visual interest. Indigo Kilim is a medium-scale design, inspired by Kilim rugs that have a modern feel with monochromatic indigo blues and a distressed texture.
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Hastings Tile & Bath Introduces Artisan Glass Collection

Posted on 06 April 2017 by cradmin

Hastings Tile & Bath, importers and distributors of contemporary bath fixtures and furniture, introduced its newest collection: The Artisan Glass Collection. Crafted entirely of glass, the collection includes countertops, framed mirrors, towel warmers, wall and shower panels, basins, floor tile and mosaics. The products are available in more than 90 colors and styles. unnamed

The countertops will support semi-recessed vessels or they are designed with an integrated basin. The tiles are designed to look like wood and parquet, and are reportedly suitable for use on walls and floors. The Mirrors are available as round, square or rectangular and the finishes are transparent or brilliant. The thickness of the pieces range from 8mm to 19mm. Lastly the Vessel sinks are available in glossy or frosted finishes.

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Biesse Group Hires Maurizio Bailot

Posted on 05 April 2017 by cradmin

Maurizio_Bailot_BiesseBiesse Group hired Maurizio Bailot with the expansion of its parts and service department. In his new position as parts quality assurance group leader, Bailot brings with him more than 30 years of mechanic experience, 17 of which were spent manufacturing machinery in the wood industry. After spending eight years as a production manager, four years as a field service technician and five years as quality assurance manager, Biesse is confident Bailot will be a worthy addition to the U.S. and Canada teams.

Bailot will serve as a middleman between departments, working to implement new policies and growing communications between the company and public to ensure satisfaction for its customers.

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Embedded LED Light Pattern in Vanity / Countertop

Posted on 26 July 2016 by cradmin

This video put forward by Digital Ambiance shows a unique embedded LED light project, that is atypical of the standard backlighting for several reasons.

First the project was done using wood as the counter material, which isn’t often the subject of a backlighting project.However, the video did state that this type of thing could be done pretty much with any material.

Also, the backlighting wasn’t done in a uniform manner across the surface, as might be seen with onyx or other translucent materials, but rather shapes were routed into the top that were subsequently filled with a translucent opaque resin. Under the various shapes color-changing LED lights were placed.

Overall, while it is doubtful that many would choose this particular style for their home, the effect is just plain cool.

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Four New Stone Sealers Announced from Wood & Stone Company

Posted on 21 January 2016 by cradmin

wood and stone sealerWood & Stone Company has developed four new stone sealers. Stone Lock Penetrating Stone Sealer and Ultra Premium Sealer were designed as an economical solution for marble and granite stones, and will not change the color of the stone, reports the company. StonEdge Stone Sealer will give a permanent “wet” appearance to the stone and increase luster. Premium Color Enhancing Sealer will enhance colors of stones and provide stain protection. The sealers are designed for natural stones such as granite, marble and limestone, as well as concrete and quartz.


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Wood & Stone Co. Offers Stone/Surfacing Glues

Posted on 15 October 2015 by cradmin

wood and stone 2 acrylic penetrating gluesWood and Stone Company has two types of acrylic penetrating glues made for repairing and laminating granite, quartz surfacing, marble and engineered stone. The first is Wood & Stone Acrylic Penetrating Crack Sealer, which is a thin liquid designed to flow like water and made to fill cracks and reinforce stone and stone-like products. It is for very thin, hairline cracks that flowing glue has difficulty penetrating. It is  clear and cures quickly, according to the company.

The second adhesive product is Wood & Stone Acrylic Super Penetrating Glue, a low-viscosity system for bonding and filling on horizontal surfaces. While it is thinner than standard polyester flowing glues, it is not as thin as the company’s crack sealer, which allows broader usage. According to the company, it is suitable for filling larger cracks, pits and holes. Additionally, because it is clear, users can mix in ground up stone powder to assist in color matching with larger holes, chips and blowouts. And, because of its thinness, it is very suitable for laminating, as it will spread very thin to create tight seams, reports the company.

The company also makes an acrylic knife grade adhesives as well.

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The Process for Making Wood Countertops

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The Process for Making Wood Countertops

Posted on 02 April 2014 by cradmin

This video, posted by Jon Peters, who offers a how-to guide for art woodworking and home improvement, shows the process he uses to create a simple wood countertop. While the countertop he builds in the video does not have any advanced features, such as a sink cut-out, it provides an interesting view of the process with his explanations.

The process he uses calls for joining planks of wood with biscuits and standard wood glue. Having never seen this process before, I found it to be insightful and the finished product actually looked pretty nice, for what it was.

If you are curious, take a look.

And, as always, if you have videos or know of videos you think we should be sharing, drop us a link at [email protected] and we’ll take a look…


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