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Beech (Fagus grandifolia) : A species you’ll learn to love 

Until quite recently, Beech wood was not particularly in demand. In fact, you didn’t hear much about it. But since it now features prominently inside the Montréal Symphony Orchestra’s new concert hall, it is molto accelerando fortissimo (very quickly gaining in popularity).


Create what you want with Hardwoods from Canada

For many years now, the Quebec Wood Export Bureau has published a blog called CREATE WHAT YOU WANT WITH HARDWOODS. The main mandate of this communication tool is to show designers, architects and key influencers what can be done with hardwoods from eastern North America, particularly from Quebec. We invite you to check out the blog and sign up to be on our mailing list so you don’t miss any posts.

In addition, if you created something special with hardwoods such as red oak, walnut, sugar maple, yellow birch, etc. (species from eastern North America), don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to publish your photos with a description of your project. Lastly, feel free to tell us what you think about the projects we showcase. Your comments are always welcome!


Baseball bats made of Canadian Hard Maple

I had the opportunity to work on another niche product in recent years. Baseball bats in higher leagues and Major League Baseball are made of wood. The best known types of wood are ash and sugar maple. However, not just anyone can make baseball bats, especially for the top league!

Producers that are able to supply the wood “squares” must have access to a supply of high quality logs. It is also necessary to have particular expertise and a diverse customer base to be able to sell major league “rejects.” It is worth mentioning that Major League Baseball has stringent selection criteria. The wood grain must be straight. The weight of the barrel (thickest part of the bat) must be located in a specific area and colour must be even. The wood cannot have knots, etc. and furthermore, the number of growth rings per centimetre or the width of growth rings is regulated.

Baseball bats have been the subject of several studies. A private study was conducted to determine the best supply area for sugar maple. Another study, public this time, was published in the prestigious scientific Forest Products Journal. Its title was “Selected Quality Characteristics of White Ash Used in Professional Baseball Bats.”

For more information on wood suppliers for baseball bats or other niche products, please visit the Suppliers section.


Hardwood flooring companies are aware of what is happening in all areas of interior design so they direct their development accordingly. Furniture, kitchen cabinets, decorative accessories, materials, textures, shapes and colors of course are important to consider in order to develop flooring that harmonizes the different market trends.

Colour is a key directive in all design. As interior colour trends evolve it is critical to develop flooring that best compliments or pairs with the direction. As an example if colour trends move toward soft neutral tones like grey, taupe or cream so should flooring.

If you have existing wood furniture or cabinets, the best way to choose your hardwood flooring colour and style is to make sure you select a floor that will blend or coordinate in colour. If not, the floor can start the colour scheme based on what you like (dark, light, natural, etc.). Also consider contrasting colours - a dark floor with very light furniture will offer a dramatic effect!


Bird’s Eye Maple from Canada
Sugar maple can feature a very particular figure in its wood grain called bird’s eye. For several generations, people believed that these wood grain variations were caused by insects. Studies have still not fully explained how these small eyes or swirls occur, but the best explanation would be the trees’ environment. Therefore, sugar maples that grow on main or secondary hilltops, upper slope breaks or thin soils experience greater stress and that would cause the figures to appear.
Lastly, it is interesting to know that bird’s eye maple has not always been so popular. There was a time when people used this wood to heat their homes since the market was not yet developed. Smart marketers then found a niche for such as special product.
When buying bird’s eye lumber, don’t expect to be able to get very large volumes at the same time. Obviously, this scarcity dictates price. Its grading uses letters, for example AAA corresponds to a larger and well distributed number of figures compared with an A.
For more information on suppliers of bird’s eye maple and other niche products such as flame, curly, etc. please go to:


Hard Maple for Musical Instrument
In recent years, QWEB had the opportunity of being mandated to develop the market for musical instruments made out of wood, mainly guitars. The guitar industry can be both local and high-end and one such example is a company called Godin guitars in Québec. However, to be able to sell wood instruments in large quantities, you need to look toward manufacturers in countries where labour costs are lower. I therefore organized a trade mission to Asia to visit guitar manufacturers.

The mission’s purpose was mainly to promote Canadian maple. Maple wood can be used for the back of a guitar and especially its neck. The maple’s intrinsic characteristics are what make us choose it, particularly its hardness and impeccable whiteness.There are variants in a maple’s wood that will be explained later, such as bird’s eye and flame. They are natural figures in the wood. These variants are rare but prized by musical instrument makers. The figures enhance the guitar’s appearance naturally. It’s also a niche market. The guitar industry is using more and more yellow birch, Québec’s provincial tree emblem. The wood of this tree is also light in colour. Yellow birch is also used for the back and neck of guitars.


Montréal Wood Convention welcomes special visitors!
Some 60 foreign overseas buyers visited hardwood mills in Quebec as a part of their participation at the Montréal Wood Convention 2017 where they had  the opportunity to meet directly with local manufacturers to do business. Twelve countries were represented, including two large delegations from China and Poland.


The group had the chance to taste maple toffy at the Château Montebello log hotel.


Certified Gymnasium floor made of Canadian Hard Maple

The Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) has developed, with the help of the Quebec wood flooring industry, a classification guide for sugar maple gymnasium floor boards. It’s a Canadian first!

Sugar maple has long been known for its hardness and technical characteristics, which are in high demand for gymnasium floors. However, project managers did not have a standard they could refer to when they prepared specifications and therefore could not ensure a product’s quality. They also wanted to ensure that the product was indeed Canadian maple.

For access to this guide, click on tthis link.

QWEB members that have a gymnasium flooring compliance certificate are audited to ensure that they comply with standards outlined in the guide. A guarantee of quality for you! Do not hesitate to contact us for further information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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