The roots of Hearthwood’s story run deep. They sprawl through the intertwined history of American manufacturing and the rise of the modern wood flooring industry.
Wood flooring has its own language. Some of the terms have to do with the appearance of the flooring, and those often are obvious. Some refer to technical aspects and are good to know when a contractor talks about how to make your wood floors perform well or how to fix those that need extra attention.
We talked recently about wood cuts: quarter, rift, plain and live. We also talked about the forest-to-floor process. We even got in the dirt of the forest with a recent tree anatomy guide and how that anatomy relates to wood flooring.
The cut of wood from a tree, the angle of how boards are cut when harvested, affects the wood flooring that will be made from that wood. It affects the costs of production and the final appearance of the wood flooring.
You’re busy and want convenience. Apps for this and that. A car that tells you how to avoid traffic while on the go. A drive-thru pit stop for a family meal between karate lessons and ball team practices on a busy weeknight. We get it.
It’s so easy to buy products without knowing where they came from and the path they took before they landed at our door step. Without really knowing where, knowing something deeper than a label that only says, “Made in ______.” Without knowing how the products were made, and how that sets them apart from similar products.