Andrew St. James, Ph.D., works in technical services for Micanopy, Fla.-based Goodwin Heart Pine.

  • Monday, December, 05, 2016 Spontaneous Combustion: a Threat That Can Be Prevented Last summer the story of a fire caused by stain rags spontaneously burning caught my attention, although, unfortunately, fires caused by stain rags are not unusual. In fact, they are common in the...
  • Friday, November, 20, 2015 Red Oak vs. White Oak: Can You Tell the Difference? "What kind of wood is my floor?" When a homeowner wants to repair or add to a floor, this is what they ask. Spotting a floor that is "oak" is usually easy, but differentiating between red and white...
  • Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 Leaving a Legacy: What Happens to Wood Inside the Dry Kiln? Have you ever opened a bundle of flooring only to find a board so crooked that it can't be used or another that is split in half lengthwise? What about boards of different widths or surface checks...
  • Wednesday, March, 26, 2014 Wood Floor Cupping: Why Does it Happen & What Can You Do? It can be surprising how quickly some people in our industry pick out a floor that is not flat. Not long ago I was standing with an experienced wood flooring professional when a room scene flashed on...
  • Tuesday, April, 02, 2013 Understanding How to Measure Moisture Can Avert Job-Site Disasters Everyone who works with wood floors knows that most complaints are caused by moisture problems. Keeping track of the moisture content (MC) through the various steps of kiln drying, milling, storage...
  • Thursday, August, 26, 2010 Understand the Science of Water and Wood Floors We all know the majority of wood flooring complaints are moisture-related. Although the relationship between water and wood can seem mysterious and complex, wood actually responds to moisture...