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Sustainable American Hardwoods: A guide to species (EN, FR, AR)

The Illustrated Guide to American Hardwood Lumber Grades(EN, FR, AR)

Documentation
MSDS (for export)
American Hardwoods
– Structural Lumber
– Wood Flooring

Wood
– American Hardwoods
– Structural Lumber
– CSEB (Compressed Stabilized Earth Block)
– Cast Rolled Glass
– Wood Flooring

Clay
– Clay Tile
– Clay Sinks

On-Site Production of Wood Products

Freedom Builders owns and operates industrial mobile sawmills, planers and two mobile tree cutting and hauling units and teams. Our staff utilizes brick produced from on-site sustainable materials, to build a mid-size wood fire kiln on the work site. Once all of the equipment is in place and the kiln is operational and tested, our staff stays on the cutting site to identify and tag the hardwoods and softwoods that meet our millig standards. One by one the trees are cut down by hand and brought back to the on-site production site. The fresh cut lumber is then quickly milled and treated with active nano-sized ionic animicrobials to prevent molding and attacks by parasites.

After treating the wood, Freedom Builders loads the milled lumber into the wood burning kiln using a standard forklift. The lumber is dried between 6% – 10% moisture content. The timber is then re-treated. Afterwards the lumber is stored in an on-site 40’ container for shipping or placed in a temperature controlled are for on-site building projects.

No Clear Cutting

Sustainable and Responsible Forestry Management

Freedom Builders practices the highest standards of responsible and sustainable forestry management. Not as an after thought but as the original thought. From the first day our staff picked up a chainsaw we have sought to insure the highest sustainable practices possible. We never clear cut any properties. Instead, we select the most mature trees, cut them down and transport them out of the wood using non-evasive machinery.

Best Selections

Individualy Selected Hardwoods and Softwoods

Mature trees that have aged beyond those of high volume production lumber are the target of the Freedom Builder hardwood selection process. Refined and intricate grain patterns, acceptional natural color and, in some cases, heart sap wood are all qualities of lumber cut, milled and produced by Freedom Builders. In Freedom Builder properties, this lumber is used to produce high quality all wood features of residential and commercial buildings, cabinets and furniture.  As a lumber exporter these features are a unique value-add to our customers that can only be provided by a low-volume, high quality manufacturer.

Production and Shipping Specifications

Freedom Builders utilizes lumber mainly for internal use for structural, ornate and furniture use. Freedom Builders also supplies rough cut lumber to lumber distributors outside the US via our foreign distribution offices. Minimum orders are 42,000 board feet or 100 Cubic Meters per order.
  • Maximum Milled Width: 32 Inches
  • Maximum Board Length: 14 Feet
  • Maximum Board Thickness: 32 Inches
  • Maximum Board Feet Per Day: 8000 Board Feet
  • Maximum Board Feet Per 40’ Container: 27,000 Board Feet

Species

Hardwoods from America offer specifiers, manufacturers and end-users around the world a great variety of colour, grain and character; from the warm, darker tones of walnut, red alder, elm, cherry and red oak to the lighter hues of white oak, maple and ash. There are over 20 commercial species available to Freedom Builders in the United States, and the real advantage for the manufacturer is that both veneers and solids are available in most species ensuring a good fit for any project.

Milling Bi-Products

Making use of limbs, foliage and sawdust

The benefit of working by hand instead of relying on large machinery to access timber is the ability to pay attention to the minute details of the process. Our professionally trained staff has travelled the world to understand the best wa to utilize everything that comes from the lumber production process to produce additioonal sustainable and responsibly manufactured products. The use of a wood burning kiln to dry wood, while increasing the amount of labor needed, requires  the gathering and clearing of the limbs to provide ample fuel. An additional bi-product of cutting trees is foliage and other fruits like pine cones and acorns. In most cases these items are collected for use in organic fertilizers, essential oil production and natural paints and clothing dyes.

Kiln Bi-Products

Making use of chared wood and ash

Due to Freedom Builders zero waste production processes, every part of the tree is used whether it is in its original form or modified by the introduction of heat or other natural elements. Our wood fire kiln process allows us to burn the smaller parts of the tree that would normally end up on the ground, as fuel for drying the wood. Once those select hardwoods are burned in the fire we utilize the ash to create biochar and wood charcoal. Biochar is used as a supplement in composting and agricultural processes run by Freedom Farms. Wood charcoal is a renewable source of charcoal that is used in Freedom Makers’ forging and foundry processes to produce steel and cast aluminum fixtures for furniture and the homes built by Freedom Builders.

Natural Treatments

Freedom Builders operates Freedom Labs in cooperation with the Georgia Institute of Technologies laser and Nano-Technology labs to produce a form of ionic silver for the treatment of bacteria and mold. Nano sized, industrial collodial silver contains only silver and highly purified water. There are no other chemicals used in the treatment of the lumber. This allows Freedom Builders to produce a 100% natural product with no foreign agents that can later cause harm to humans through structural or crafted applications of the lumber.

License, Certifications & Documentation

Freedom Builders trades American hardwoods under a Standard set of Grading Rules that have been accepted throughout the hardwood industry. These Rules were established over 100 years ago by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) and provide consistency and a common language that both buyer and seller can work with to produce successful transactions over and over again.

  • Treated Structural Lumber MSDS
  • Treated Hardwood MSDS
  • Untreated Hardwood MSDS
  • Untreated structural lumber MSDS
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