During the transition between spring, summer, winter, and fall each year, we are often reminded of the things that make each season special. Each of the seasons has its own unique traits, traits that each person values for different reasons. Inspired by the immense lumber collection at McIlvain Company, one of America’s oldest and most respected high quality wood dealers, the list below details four different types of wood, each of them representative of a different season:
Fall: Genuine Mahogany
Fall marks the time of year where summer begins to draw to a close. For most people, the shorter days and chillier weather mean less time spent outside and more time spent in the comfort of their own homes. Genuine Mahogany, with its rich reds and deep brown undertones that act as a perfect complement to the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, is the ideal type of wood for this season. This lumber can lend an air of warmth and comfort to any home décor, and its attractive grain pattern and excellent workability have made it famous among cabinet and furniture makers.
Winter: Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is the perfect type of wood for winter. The trees are extremely popular during the holiday season, when they are used as Christmas trees, but the lumber itself is also a great representative of our coldest season. For example, because it is available in widths and lengths that are difficult to acquire with other species of wood, Douglas Fir is one of the most commonly used types of wood for exposed beam ceilings, such as those often found in log cabins. In rustic style homes like these, Douglas Fir is the wood of choice. Images of these types of homes often surface alongside images of fireplaces and snow, so Douglas Fir lumber is one of the most obvious choices for a winter wood.
Springtime, which heralds the arrival of longer days and warmer weather, marks the time of year where many people experience a drastic increase in energy level. With winter disappearing, many homeowners use this time of year as an opportunity to spruce up their homes through spring cleaning and small construction projects. Because Poplar is a great type of wood for nearly every type of interior construction project, it is the perfect choice for a springtime wood. Durable Poplar lumber is widely available, meaning it is inexpensive, and it is always kept in large supply at McIlvain Company. The lumber is very workable and has a tight grain, so it is popular for use in projects where the final product is to be painted. Especially because it is so inexpensive for such a high quality wood, Poplar is one of the most commonly used woods in interior projects like architectural millwork, cabinets, furniture, doors, and other types of light construction.
Summer is the season for being outdoors, and decks offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy dinners and other activities outside. So Ipe wood, which is widely regarded as the world’s best decking material, is the obvious choice for a summer wood. Ipe wood is great for decks mainly because it is incredibly durable. It’s dense, meaning it is almost completely impervious to damage from rot, water, and insects. Even in its untreated state, the lumber has a Class A fire rating, making it nearly as fireproof as metal and concrete. McIlvain Company specializes in supplying this type of lumber, and, although Ipe is famous for use as a decking wood, its beautiful appearance means it is also well-suited for interior projects, such as flooring.
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