Softwood

Wood Species
Wood Species PDFs now available for download
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At TDUK we have made an upgrade to our Wood Species Library. In our ongoing effort to provide valuable resources for members, we have introduced downloadable PDFs for each wood species page, enhancing accessibility and ease of use. The Wood Species Library has so far offered an introduction to 139...
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A positive outlook for timber in construction
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"The current short-term challenges do not change the long-term positive outlook for timber in construction." That was the conclusion of Olle Berg, EVP Market and Business Development at SETRA Group at the recent TDUK Global Market Conference. Olle addressed delegates at the Conference in London this week, giving them an...
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Timber Grading
Timber Grading: Visual Grading Limitations
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Visual grading standards might be used for in-situ assessments or for grading timber from unusual sources, like minor species or post-consumer wood. There are limitations to using visual grading standards for such purposes.
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Wood Anatomy
Introducing Wood Anatomy
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Tree anatomy differs between softwoods and hardwoods, making it useful as a guide to identifying different species.
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Wood Anatomy: Hardwood
Wood Anatomy: Hardwoods
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Unlike softwoods, hardwood anatomy includes transport vessel cells, to move sap and air through the tree.
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Using Correct Names
Using Correct Names
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Tree species are known by a variety of regional, trade, and scientific names, which can cause confusion. Using the correct names, in an unambiguous way, is essential to specify the correct species and ensure it is supplied.
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Tree Species
Tree Species
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Thanks to the variety of different tree species globally, timber can vary in colour, density, and performance depending on its source. These variations in timber due to species determine the suitability for different construction uses.
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Trees and Timber
Trees and Timber
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Timber is a renewable construction material that comes from trees. Species of tree differ in their anatomy due to different evolutionary histories. These differences create timber with varying characteristics and properties.
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Wood Identification
Introducing Wood Identification
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Many tree species can be identified by their differing anatomies. Softwoods, hardwoods, and wood-producing monocots show different physical features, enabling the wood of individual tree species to be distinguished based on anatomy.
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Identifying Wood: Softwoods
Identifying Wood: Softwoods
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Growth rings, wood colour, and differences between earlywood and latewood all help to identify different species of softwoods.
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