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This Brazilian Apitong Will Become Trailer Decking

Our mill workers at one of our Brazil mills are wrapping up their daily production tally of rough sawn blanks. This Angelim Pedra hardwood is mostly used for heavy duty trailer decking after we kiln dry and shiplap the boards at our finishing mill. It’s an economical specie, also known as Brazilian Apitong, and is more ecologically harvested than the Malaysian Apitong used on tractor trailer decking throughout the US. Angelim Pedra is also used for flooring, decking, furniture and a variety of industrial products. Whether you need to deck a small utility trailer or a whole fleet of flatbed trailers we are your direct source for hardwood lumber.
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Large Angelim Pedra Log

This is an Angelim Pedra which is also know as Brazilian Apitong. This is one massive log and it’s a good example of the perfect time to harvest a large tree that’s no longer producing seeds and is starting to center rot and die. The selective extraction allows for smaller seed bearing trees in the forest to thrive and let’s us utilize good lumber before rot/disease set in. If this tree were to sit too long rotting away it would stop producing oxygen and start putting out carbon dioxide. Some awesome slabs came off this Log at our sawmill this week. Give us a call for all your live Edge slabs, hardwood flooring, deck tiles, beams, decking, and cabinet grade lumber needs.

Angelim Pedra

Large Angelim Pedra Log

Hardwood Kiln Sticks Last Longer

We strive to utilize every little piece of the log possible. This week at our mill in Brazil we cut some kiln sticks from smaller stock to better utilize as much of our logs as possible. Our kiln sticks are shipped to lumber drying facilities in the US where companies utilize them to separate lumber for proper airflow during the drying process. You can see some of our flooring blanks “stacked on stick” in the background, with each layer having a perpendicular kiln stick for separation. Whats so special about these kiln sticks? They are made from various South American hardwood species that are incredibly hard, durable, insect resistant, rot resistant and have a much longer life span compared to kiln sticks that are cut from American species like Ash, Oak and Pine. These hardwood kiln sticks will save lumber drying facilities money in the long run and help them produce a more stable product and reduce sticker stain.

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Hardwood kiln stickers

5 Inch Tigerwood Flooring – Brazil Mill Production

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Our Brazil mill just finished milling this beautiful 5 inch Tigerwood flooring. This flooring will be shipped to the US to be finished and ready for distribution to our customers. You will notice plenty of figure in our Tigerwood flooring. Owning a mill in Brazil allows us to control the quality and give our customers a far superior quality finished product. We are the only American company that actually owns mills in Brazil. Prior to owning our own mills we relied on buying materials from various other mills and when the containers arrive to our factories in the US we would open the container and often find mixed grades that we would have to sort and discount the lesser grades.

We sort everything in our Brazil mills to meet the expectations of our American and international buyers. For years our customers have relied on our superior grading and sorting standards. This is extremely important for wholesale flooring customers buying containers of hardwood flooring. Do not roll the dice with drop shippers and brokers who never even see the lumber. We invite any of our customers to visit any of our factories.

We are also one of the few companies who refuses to send flooring to China to have it prefinished, yes its cheaper but you get what you pay for and other flooring companies have had many issues with doing this and these problems unfortunately get passed onto the customer. This is why we finish all of our flooring in the US so we can control the quality and assure our customers they are getting something we would gladly put in our homes with our own families. Did I mention our prices on 3/4″ solid Tigerwood flooring is cheaper than those box stores? Yes we can have it finished in the US and still sell cheaper. Give us a call today for a quote 1-877-232-3915 or buy tigerwood flooring online

Changing The Blades On a 53″ Planer/Sander


There are 520 individual carbide cutting knives on this 53″ planer/sander. One of our hardworking mill employees is doing the first cutter right now and he only has 519 more to go. Yes this process takes a long time but we don’t mind investing the time and money into good equipment to produce the best lumber products. Even though this will take a long time to replace all 520 cutters they are carbide so they typically last longer than a standard high speed steel straight knife planer blade. This is important when working with extremely dense hardwoods like we sell. Not only do our cutters last longer because they are carbide but we find there is less planer snipe with these cutters and our customers appreciate that. We have several of these in our company wide arsenal of 10 different planers including straight knife conventional, Rotary planers, and wide belt planer/Sanders.

Our second sawmill line at our mill in Brazil is now up and running

Brazil SawmillOur second sawmill line at our mill in Brazil is now up and running. Cutting FSC certified Tigerwood logs for decking, flooring, and deck tiles. This line is smaller but is fully rebuilt and cutting some very accurate rough sawn blanks. Having good rough sawn lumber can effect the moisture consistency when kiln drying and the quality of the final product. Some big Tigerwood logs are lined up for live edge table slabs next week.

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