Modern Marvels

The Lumberyard

Season 12, Ep 60, Aired 11/30/05
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  • Episode Description
  • At the center of the American Dream is the home, and at the center of its creation or renovation is the lumberyard. We'll explore the options lumberyards provide for builders and renovators, from natural to engineered woods.

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: A $200 pile of plywood? A stack of rare African veneers worth 20 grand. This is where you’ll find the various woods used by the construction industry. Whether it’s timber from last week or a hundred years ago, or fifty thousand years ago, it’s all cut, shaped and prepared by an army of workers with an arsenal of mighty tools. Now, the Lumberyard, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • David Damery, PhD Dept. Wood Technology, Univ. of Mass. Mike DeSimoni, Sr. President, Channel Lumber James R. Gilman Mill Engineer, Channel Lumber Dan DeSimoni President, Channel Lumber Marc Poirier President, Longleaf Lumber Alice DeGennaro Co-Owner, Longleaf Lumber Ruth Owen Jones Co-Owner, Cowls Lumber Paul Jones Co-Owner, Cowls Lumber Evan Jones 9th Generation, Cowls Lumber John Perlin Author, "A Forest Journey" Steve Priske Maritime Historian & Shipwright Robert Ficken, PhD Author, "Washington Territory" Nicholas Kent, Pres. & CEO North American Wholesale Lumber Assoc. Charles Young Marketing Manager, Standard Structures Charles Moore Owner, Edensaw Woods, Inc. John Montgomery Salesman, Edensaw Woods, Inc. Robert Teisberg President, Ancientwood, Ltd. Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Martin Kent Producer: Martin Kent Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: David Bradstreet Narrator: Max Raphael Editor: Robert Lattanzio Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Music: Alan Ett Music Group Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Allison Boon Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: April Brown Accountant: Sheridan Liu Accountant: Paulette Pantoja Researcher: Uldis Balodis Researcher: Bradley Combest Researcher: John Knapp Coordinator: Boni Osmani Coordinator: Brad Skiles Clearance Coordinator: Lawrence Givens III Clearance Coordinator: Aaron Zober Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Post Assistant: Kevin McCartney Camera: Guy Defeis Camera: Douglas Glazier Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Richard Neill Camera: Mike R. Stephen Camera: T.J. Williams Field Audio: Frank Coakley Field Audio: Andy Reichsman Field Audio: Hugh Scott Field Audio: Jorge Suarez Field Audio: T.J. Williams, JR. Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker Animation: Victor Bornia Animated Maps: Red Gypsy Animation Historical Consultant: David Damery, PhD Historical Consultant: Mike DeSimoni, SR. Historical Consultant: Nicholas Kent Special Thanks: Steven Anderson As You Like It Productions INC. Ed Blaguszewski Sam Bose Michael J. Bowen Mary Sue Brooks Cheryl Cavanaugh Dan DeSimoni Nick East Kevin Hayes Dominique Janssens Cinda H. Jones Kent Regional Library, WA Jerry Mannino Cheryl Oakes Nancy Olmsted Dan C. Poh Maria Pope Shana Smith Bob Turtle The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino Kathy Woodward Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2005

    Trivia (4)

    • Woods that are ideal for making musical instruments are known as "tonewoods" because of their unique ability to conduct sound vibrations.

    • Typically, just 45-50% of a pine or fir log can be veneered into plywood. Some of the rest will be lost as waste or shrinkage, but the remaining center core can be made into a stud or fence post.

    • U.S. lumber manufacturers shipped nearly 39 billion board feet of softwood lumber in 2004. That's enough to build a bridge more than 30 feet wide from Earth to the moon.

    • 8,000 years ago, nearly 15 billion acres of forest covered the earth. Today, forests cover only about eight and a half billion acres.

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