Banner for LabNotes
From Lab Notes
Contact Information
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


You are here: FPL Home  / Information Products & Services  / Publications

Requested Product

Title: Chapter 07-- Decorative Wood: Income Opportunities in Special Forest Products -- Self-Help Suggestions for Rural Entrepreneurs

Source: AIB-666: Income Opportunities in Special Forest Products

Author(s): Thomas, M.G.; Schumann, D.R.

Publication Year: 1996  View PDF »

Category: Agricultural Handbook

Abstract: Many marketable items can be fashioned from unusual parts of trees or from trees that are unique to a given locality. Burls from redwood, maple, buckeye, madrone, manzanita, red elm, and many other species may be valuable. Spalted wood and any of the woods with curly grain or birdís eye figure are in demand. Trees such as tulip poplar that have been struck by lightning have been used as decorative wood. Red-heart box elder; diamond willow from Bebb willow (Salix bebbiana) and from feltleaf (Salix alaxensis), littletree (Salix arbuscoloides), Park (Salix monticola), and Scouler (Salix scoulerana)found in Alaska; bald cypress wood and knees; stump butts from tupelo gum and black gum; grafted fruitwoods; and even old knots and stumps of pine have market niches.

File size: 66 kb(s)

Date posted: 06/26/2009

Additional items that might interest you
View the video celebrating FPL's 100 years of public service in 2010, from the producers of the Greatest Good....view

Research Highlights from FPL....view

Termite Eradication: A search for the Holy Grail.... view

Moisture Management in Residential Construction Series videos...view

Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction Series videos....view
- FPL's Mission and Strategic Plan -

FPL's mission is to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber utilization research that contributes to conservation and productivity of the forest resource, thereby sustaining forests, the economy, and quality of life. ... ..more »

- FPL Research Emphasis Areas -
Advanced Composites

As an integral part of the FPL mission, we improve the long-term sustainability of our Nation's forests by creating valuable composite products from biobased materials ... ..more »

Advanced Structures

The FPL has been in the forefront of wood-frame housing research since 1910 and has long been recognized as a world leader in such housing-related areas as engineered wood ... ..more »

Forest Biorefinery

We all know the compelling reasons that the United States needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Historically, the greatest increases in energy demand have been for transportation fuels ... ..more »


A leader in wood products research for over a century, the FPL is positioning itself to become the lead Federal research facility for the application of nanotechnology in forest products ... more »

Woody Biomass Utilization

Forests in the United States contain a substantial amount of small-diameter, overstocked, and underutilized material.FPL research projects are exploring the potential of the small-diameter ... ..more »