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Pennsylvania summers can be brutally hot and if you are independently wealthy and can sit around a swimming pool this can be very enjoyable but for the rest of us a break into air conditioning is a welcome relief. In this climate zone more of our energy dollars are spent on air conditioning than heating. Pennsylvania derives much of its electric power from nuclear and coal-generated plants, both of which are dangerous to the environment. This is a concern for us as we build our new offices. Researching these issues on the web lead me to a German company called Beka-Klima whose American distributor is Radiant Cooling in Chicago ( They have developed a technology of radiant air conditioning and heating that can use geothermal energy for both a heating and a cooling source. It uses heat pump technology and a system of capillary mats in the walls, ceilings and floors. In keeping with the spirit of our 1750 structure we decided to imbed the mats into real plaster and could not be happier with the result. A local second generation plasterer named Steve Brown did a masterful plastering job for us, carefully folding the mats into the ”mud”. The finished job is so beautiful we have decided not to paint it. Cost wise it is supposed to have a four-year payback but we feel we already have the extra value knowing we are trying to do our part to protect the environment and have a building that will last for generations to come.

~Rick Hearne

Recent News: Anticipation

The "Hearne Men" stayed near home for the month of July and they are starting to get antsy. Many new projects and "surprises" are already in motion...more to come on those in the near future. A few items that I am at liberty to divulge the details are:

Our Sawyer, Steve Beiler and Brian Hearne have been busy cutting some of the gigantic Rose Myrtle and highly figured Blackwood logs that finally came in from Tasmania. Many of these extraordinary logs can be viewed on "Our Favorite Flitches List"- click here to view. If you would like more information or to put any of this material on hold please contact Brian at (888) 814-0007 or by email [email protected].

There has also been much preparation for the IWF (International Woodworking Fair) in Atlanta, GA. We will once again have a display- if you are attending we are in Building A, booth #1621- do stop by and say hello! It is a great time so if you have the chance to attend, we highly recommend it. This year's show dates are Wednesday, August 20- Saturday, August 23, 2008. For more information visit their website at

sawing tasmanian blackwood log

Internet Store: "Wild, New" Veneer

Although we are primarily a hardwood dealer, we always carry about 10-20 specialty veneers on our Internet Store. This past month we have added a few extremely rare varieties we didn't want you to miss...

Tasmanian Tiger Rose Myrtle (TG0325)- Nothofagus cunninghamii, this ancient species hails from Tasmania, Australia. It is so old fossil records have been found in Antarctica. The black streaking or "tiger" figure comes from a fungus that grows in the tree. Tasmanian Myrtle is typically a rainforest tree however larger trees have been found in the cooler valleys. Click here for more information.

Huon Pine (TG0324)- Lagarostrobos franklinii grows in South Western Tasmania. It is the oldest living species of tree, the only species in the Lagarostrobos genus, and is very rare. Growing very slowly, some trees are known to be in excess of 2,000 years. Huon Pine is protected in Tasmania making it very hard to obtain. It is not actually a pine but rather a podocarp. It was used in the early days of shipbuilding because the oils in the wood naturally preserve it from rotting and fungi. Sometimes referred to as Macquarie Pine, it is prized for its stunning golden yellow hue and tight grain. Click here for more information.

If you would like to see more visit the "Veneer Section" of our Internet Store. Our selection is ever changing so if veneers are of interest to you do check back often.


~We strive to make your online shopping experience as easy as possible. Please email us with any suggestions that you may have to improve our site and/or with any items that you would like to see featured for sale. Contact us at [email protected].

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~Tasmanian Tiger Rose Myrtle Veneer

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~Huon Pine Veneer

Newsletter Special of the Month: 10% off any Veneer Order

Now that we have enticed you with our beautiful new veneers, we would like to sweeten the deal by running a secret sale only published to our Newsletter Subscribers! Make any veneer purchase during the month of August and receive a 10% discount. Coupon Code # AR0003.

~ Click Here to View our Available Veneer

How do you receive the discount if you are ordering online? Just place the veneer items into your shopping cart as normal, when you are finished click on "View Cart"... scroll down to the bottom of this page to where it asks "Redeem a discount coupon". Type AR0003 into the white box labeled "coupon code" and hit submit.

**Please note: Discounts are for veneer items only. Discounts are for Newsletter Subscribers only- you must enter or mention the above code when ordering to receive the discounted price. Discounts are applied to the cost of the veneer items; it will not be subtracted from the cost of shipping. Offer is valid thru August 31, 2008. **

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~Honduras Rosewood Burl Veneer

Featured Wood: Tasmanian Rose Myrtle

Tasmanian Rose Myrtle, Nothofagus cunninghamii, has extraordinarily beautiful pink to red heartwood. Rose Myrtle trees can be found primarily in the rainforests throughout Tasmania however it can also be seen growing as a smaller shrub in the subalpine and alpine zones. Also known as Myrtle Beech or Tasmanian Beech, logs are sometimes highly figured or burly.

A very dense timber, Rose Myrtle can be found being used in just about any kind of project throughout Australia. Most commonly it is used in fine furniture, musical instruments, cabinetry, architectural millwork, wood turning/ carving and veneer. Normal dimensions for this material run 3-14 inch wide by 3-12 feet long. ***Please note that we have flitch material as wide as 44 inches and lengths as long as 11 feet. Some slabs show heavy quilt figure or burl.***

~Click here to view example photos of Tasmanian Rose Myrtle

~Click here to view our extraordiarly wide and long Rose Myrtle- located on "Our Favorite Flitch List"

sample picture of tasmanian rose myrtle

~Tasmanian Rose Myrtle Photo Gallery

Announcements: "Smoked Tiger Maple"

Recently we have added "Smoked Birdseye Maple" to our inventory list so when given the opportunity to try "Smoked Tiger Maple" we couldn't say no. Due to the treatment of the wood during the drying process this is the woods' "natural" color- no dyes or stains were used to create this effect.

Our material is 4/4 thick with 4-10 inch widths and 8-10 foot lengths. The figure ranges from medium to instrument grade. The moisture content ranges from 4-6%. If you would like more information or to place an order please call (888)-814-0007 and ask to speak to our Maple Salesman, Chris Tankalavage. You can also email Chris at [email protected]. Please allow a 3-4 week lead-time on larger orders.

~To view more photos of Smoked Tiger Maple click here.

example of smoked tiger maple

Business Hours:

Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am-4pm. Walk-ins are always welcome.  Please call ahead if there are specific slabs you are interested in seeing.  We look forward to your visit.