The wood is actually called “London Plane” lumber. Planted about 1913, salvaged from the grounds of an allegedly haunted institutional home owned by the City of Vancouver.
The wood sawyer’s description: Kiln dried, milled, quarter sawed (except for some of the big wide slabs). Quartered to bring out the grain. The wood has a nice salmon color. Stunning grain, colour and figure. Some of the smaller pieces are just amazing. There is a nice collection of slabs for tables, good usable boards for projects and re-sawing and some unusual shapes good for artists and designers. Most is 2 1/4” and 3 1/4” thick.
In 1913, while building the Panama Canal, Theodore Roosevelt created what was then the world’s largest man-made lake (Gutan Lake) by damming the Chagres River and flooding an old growth jungle the size of Montreal. Ninety-seven years later, using submersible hydraulic chain saws lubricated with vegetable oil, these perfectly preserved tropical hardwood trees are being harvested from that underwater jungle.
The Species: Canal Zapatero (Hieronima alchorneoides)
Appearance: Heartwood is dark reddish brown. Sapwood is mild reddish brown. Medium but pronounced grain pattern, usually straight or interlocked. Moderate lustre. Overall rich and warm. Very consistent color and grain.
Species Characteristics: Very hard and durable. Naturally resistant to decay, funguses and termite attack. Odourless and tasteless.
Uses: High quality furniture, veneers, wall panelling and general carpentry and millwork. Well suited for indoor and outdoor use. Very hard and very suitable for solid or engineered flooring or decking.
Work Properties: Canal Zapatero is easy to saw and work with hand tools, good to moderately good to plane, excellent for turning, mortising, boring, moulding and sanding. Nailing is difficulty and pre drilling is recommended. It finishes very well. Two or three coats of sealer are recommended. Because of the woods natural beauty it is recommended to use a transparent finish.
Hardness: Janka hardness – 1700. Excellent in high traffic areas.
Shari MacLellan, Co-Director Prince George Run for the Cure, George Hackle of Windsor Plywood Prince George and Bill Rushton of Rushton Landing Nets with nets that were auctioned off with proceeds to Run for the Cure
Canadian Breast Cancer FoundationCIBCRun for the Cure will be at Fort George Park for Canada Day to wrap up Paint Canada Pink Week, the national countdown to the September 30 fundraising run. “We will have give aways and lots of information to encourage people to participate in the run. So look for us under the pink tent at Fort George Park on Sunday,” says CoRun Director Shari MacLellan. And thanks to a generous donation from Windsor Plywood Prince George and Rushton Landing Nets, organizers will also be holding a silent auction for a custom handcrafted wooden fishing/landing net at their booth at Canada Day. “We are thrilled that Bill Rushton was kind enough to donate these unique nets to help us raise funds for the Run for the Cure,” says CoRun Director Renee McCloskey. Rushton has been making his handcrafted wooden landing nets for 12 years utilizing exotic and domestic hardwoods from Windsor Plywood.
The Tough Mudder adventure challenge are hardcore 10 – 12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. The two day event had over 16,000 participants. Suad, Joshua and a good friend all did well with a few cuts and bruises, but emerged the following work day with no broken bones.
Suad and Joshua have also been nominated for the 2012 Sawchuk Award for the most creative use of a Windsor Plywood vehicle decal for their event t-shirts! Great idea!
Windsor Store Owner Receives National Award November 14, 2012 Press Release
OTTAWA, ON: Garry Janz, President, Motorcycle Ride for Dad Canada recently presented the President’s Award to Winnipeg’s own Ed Johner, at the annual national summit. Johner was selected for his outstanding contributions to the fight against prostate cancer through the Motorcycle Ride for Dad Manitoba Chapter.
Ed Johner, owner of Windsor Plywood Century Street outlet in Winnipeg, is one of the founding members of the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad.
The President’s Award is presented each year to one volunteer who not only helped lead Chapters to achieving remarkable success, but who also chose to incorporate their passion for fighting prostate cancer and the Ride For Dad in their daily lives, reaching out to make a significant impact in their overall community.
“We were honoured to present the award to Ed,” said Janz. “His commitment to the Ride for Dad and to improving awareness about prostate cancer is inspirational to not only those who know him personally, but to the many who have read his story in the local paper or have seen him speak. It’s humbling to know the impact that his dedication will bring to helping saving men’s lives in Manitoba and right across Canada.”
“So many Ride for Dad volunteers are worthy and deserving of this award,” said Johner.
“It was a shock to have been chosen and I am honoured and blessed to be able to give my time to this organization. To be recognized for this work is truly humbling”
Since the event began in Ottawa in 2000, over $8,700,000.00 has been raised for the cause. What began as a single city event takes place now in 29 Canadian cities and will expand even further next year.
Jeff Johner of Windsor Plywood Winnipeg Main Street and Jim Lothian of Windsor Plywood Winnipeg Pembina Hwy are also founding members of the Manitoba Chapter of the Ride for Dad which has raised almost $400,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness programs. The 2013 Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad happens Saturday, May 25th.
Researchers have determined the age of the world’s oldest timber constructions: the 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig.
Scientists of the University of Freiburg document highly-developed construction techniques of wells built by early neolithic settlers.
A research team led by Willy Tegel and Dr. Dietrich Hakelbergfrom the Institute for Forest Growth of the University of Freiburg has succeeded in precisely dating four water wells built by the first Central European agricultural civilization with the help of dendrochronology or growth ring dating. The wells were excavated at settlements in the Greater Leipzig region and are the oldest known timber constructions in the world. They were built by the Linear Pottery culture, which existed from roughly 5600 to 4900 BC. The team’s findings, which have been published in the international scientific journal PLoS ONE, afford new insight into prehistoric technology. The study was conducted by archaeologists and dendrochronologists from the Institute for Forest Growth in Freiburg, the Archaeological Heritage Office of Saxony in Dresden, and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
Wells constructed from oak wood
The four early Neolithic wells were constructed from oak wood. In addition to the timber, many other waterlogged organic materials, such as plant remains, wooden artifacts, bark vessels, and bast fiber cords, as well as an array of richly decorated ceramic vessels, have survived for millennia hermetically sealed below groundwater level. With the help of dendrochronology, the scientists were able to determine the exact felling years of the trees and thus also the approximate time at which the wells were constructed. The tests revealed that the wood comes from massive old oak trees felled by early Neolithic farmers with stone adzes between the years of 5206 and 5098 BC. The farmers cleaved the trunks into boards, assembling them to make chest-like well linings with complex corner joints. Using state-of-the-art laser scanning technology, the scientists collected data on the timbers and tool marks and documented the highly developed woodworking skills of the early Neolithic settlers. The very well-preserved tool marks and timber joints testify to unexpectedly sophisticated timber construction techniques.
Developed woodworking technology enabled a sedentary lifestyle
In the course of the sixth millennium BC, the nomadic hunting and gathering lifestyle gave way to a sedentary lifestyle with agriculture and stock breeding in Central Europe. This break in the history of mankind has been termed the “Neolithic Revolution.” A sedentary lifestyle required permanent housing, and houses are inconceivable without a developed woodworking technology – in other words, the first farmers were also the first carpenters. Until now, however, archaeologists have only succeeded in unearthing the soil marks left by their houses. The precisely dated wells will enable scientists to conduct more detailed studies on the important role of timber construction techniques for mankind’s adoption of a sedentary lifestyle.
Willy Tegel und Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg
Willy Tegel und Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg are members of the Institute for Forest Growth at the University of Freiburg. Contact via phone: 0761 / 203-8591 or via E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig
The 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig during the excavation.
The 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig during the excavation. Ceramic finds in the backfill of the well.
Log construction of the 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig during the excavation.
The 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig during the excavation. Laser scanning image of the base frame with mortise and tenon corner joints: A projecting piece of wood is fed through a hole in the plank and secured with a wooden nail. Ceramic finds.
Base frame of the 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig during the excavation.
Laser scanning image of the base frame with the mortise and tenon corner joints of the 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig during the excavation. The corner joints consist of a projecting piece of wood fed through a hole in the plank and secured with a wooden nail.
Mortise and tenon corner joints and wooden nails from the 7000-year-old well of Altscherbitz near Leipzig. The corner joints consist of a projecting piece of wood fed through a hole in the plank and secured with a wooden nail.