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Title: Chapter 16-- Specialty Wood Products: 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: A wide variety of special-purpose wood products are manufactured from locally available forest resources. Specialty wood products may be either rough or finished articles and may be made entirely or mainly of wood - everything from bat boxes to yardsticks. Many such products were originally manufactured in local shops when rural people, often farmers, became specialists at making one thing or another because a needed item could not be purchased in stores. This was the reason for the major turning industry that developed in southwestern Maine, for example. Most specialty wood producers today are officially classed as secondary wood processors, as distinct from mills producing primary, intermediate, or unfinished forest products such as cants, timbers, posts, ties, lumber, and panel products. Specialty products today are often produced directly from logs cut for the purpose, not from commercial lumber and plywood, and thus would not include most standardized wood furniture, shelving, cabinets, and millwork.

File size: 82 kb(s)

Date posted: 06/26/2009

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