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2016 International Wood Released: Your Leading Source for Unique Applications, Sources and Trends

Thursday, August 25, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe O'Donnell

For Immediate Release
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Rustic Wood in Heart of Silicon Valley, Mahogany Reinterprets the Pintxo Bar Experience, Teak Breathes New Life for Beloved Boat and LEED Credit for Legally Sourced Wood


Alexandria, Virginia – Exotic wood panels accent a $35 million Silicon Valley mansion. Mahogany meets a modern interpretation of the Spanish Pintxo Bar. Beautiful species are used in a private jet, restoration of a beloved boat and an art competition to challenge young design students. These stories and much more can be found in the 2016 edition of the award-winning International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends. The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) unveils the latest issue this week at the International Woodworking Fair, one of the top industry trade shows in the world.


"We are excited to unveil the 13th edition of IWPA’s award-winning International Wood magazine,” said IWPA President Bronson Newburger.  “This annual publication showcases some of the most exciting projects and groundbreaking applications that feature the products brought to market by our industry.”


The 2016 edition of International Wood once again brings readers a Source Box that allows woodworkers and specifiers to immediately learn more about the species highlighted in the articles. Readers can turn to IWPA’s Buyers Guide, which directly connects specifiers with the suppliers that can help them source the most beautiful and highest performance wood products from around the world.


In the article “Bar Raval: Reinterpreting the Pintxo Experience,” PARTISANS architectural firm principal Jon Friedman describes the use of mahogany in this cornerstone of Spanish social and gastronomic culture.  “Bar Raval is meant to be a sensory experience, and wood engages all of the senses.  “One of the first things you notice when you walk into Bar Raval is the scent of mahogany,” Friedman said.  “the wood is transformative, in a sense.”


In “Atherton House: Rustic Wood in the Heart of Silicon Valley,” designer Glenn Toung of CalCase describes his vision of exotic woods in ultra-luxury residential homes.  “We tried to maximize the use of natural materials throughout the house.  Wood was the central design element accented using colder industrial materials like marble, paint and acrylic.  That combination gives a contemporary yet warm feeling to the interior.”


In a Regulatory Spotlight entitled “LEED to Include Credit for Legally Sourced Wood,” IWPA Manager of Government & Public Affairs Joe O’Donnell explains how LEED certification goes beyond energy and water efficiency and encompasses timber legality and responsibly sourced timber.


International Wood is a critical tool in helping us to spread the word about IWPA's fundamental mission: To build acceptance and demand in North America for globally-sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires.  “Without a long-term economic value created by demand for forest products, forests could be lost forever to conversion to agriculture or other uses. Continued worldwide demand for responsibly harvested forests products is, in large part, responsible for the preservation of the world’s forest –a position now widely accepted and supported by industry, environmental groups, and governments.”


Printed copies of Imported Wood available at IWF at Booth #1228

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Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association (  is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests.  Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.                                                                                         


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