As the seasons change each year, we are reminded once again of the things that make each season unique. Summer, spring, winter, and fall- each of them have their own special traits that are valued by different individuals for different reasons. The following list, inspired by the vast selection of lumber at McIlvain Company, one of the country’s oldest high quality lumber dealers, explores why different types of wood could be linked to specific seasons:
Winter: Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is definitely a wood for winter. Beyond the trees’ popularity for use as Christmas trees during the holiday season, Douglas Fir lumber has a number of other applications that make it well-suited to our coldest season. One such application is its use in exposed beam ceilings. This lumber is widely available in lengths and widths difficult to obtain in some other types of wood, so it is one of the most commonly used lumbers in timber framed structures, such as log cabins. And when one pictures a rustic Douglas Fir log cabin, inevitably images of snow and fireplaces surface as well, so Douglas Fir is an obvious choice for a winter wood.
Spring’s wood is Poplar. This wood, which many experts feel is vastly under-appreciated, is one of the most versatile types of wood available, and yet it is also one of the most affordable. Spring is a time when many homeowners take advantage of the increased energy levels that often accompany warmer weather by dusting off winter’s remains and sprucing up their homes. Most do this through both spring cleaning and home construction projects, and with its easy workability, Poplar is perfect for a wide variety of these construction projects. Highly stable with a tight grain, durable Poplar is most often used in interior projects, largely due to the fact that it takes paint extremely well. Furniture, light construction, architectural millwork, cabinets, doors, and even exterior trim and siding are all great applications for this wood, and because of its wide availability, J. Gibson McIlvain Company always has a large supply in stock.
Summer is arguably the best season for outdoor activities, and summer evenings are absolutely perfect for dinner and other activities enjoyed outdoors on a deck. And as decking materials go, Ipe wood is nearly impossible to beat. Ipe is regarded as one of the world’s best decking materials as a result of its extreme durability and stability, both of which contribute to its incredible resistance to insect and water damage. Despite Ipe’s reputation as a superior outdoor wood, however, its usefulness is not limited to just decks. Its attractive coloration and grain pattern also make it great for indoor applications like flooring projects.
Fall: Genuine Mahogany
During fall, when the days begin to shorten and the air becomes chillier, most people start to spend more of their time indoors. But while the weather outside might be turning cold, Genuine Mahogany’s rich undertones are sure to warm the interior of any home. This wood is famous for its beautiful coloration and grain patterns, and its great workability has kept it popular among furniture makers and cabinetry workers for centuries. The wood’s deep reds and beautiful browns also make it a perfect complement to the wonderful colors of fall’s changing leaves.