Earth Week: A Love Letter to Maple Trees
In honor of Earth Week, we want to pay tribute to something Lostine could not exist without—the maple tree! While we use a variety of natural materials and woods, maple is perhaps the wood we use the most—especially with our most popular item, the Edmund Light. Why is that? Let’s dig in:
With over 100 species, the maple tree is the most commonly found tree in American forests. More abundance means wood can be grown and harvested in more natural ways. Lostine is very conscious of using sustainable resources which is why we choose to work with companies that have a commitment to sustainability and the environment.
While maple is easy to find, it also happens to be the most durable of the easy-to-find woods. It also has a low expansion/contraction coefficient. While all wood will expand and contract with changes in the temperature and humidity in the air, maple tends to remain relatively stable. Maple not only looks great, but it can take a beating!
Courtesy of Jason Varney
Baseball bats, flooring, pianos—all of these things are commonly made from maple. Part of the reason why woodworkers use maple to create such a variety of items is because it is more malleable compared to other popular manufacturing woods such as walnut. Whether they are cutting, sanding, or finishing, maple is a woodworker’s best friend.
That look, of course!
Unless you are in the market for a maple cutting board (which make as well, by the way), durability and versatility may not be on the top of your priority list. No matter how durable a piece of furniture is, it is not worth much if you don’t like how it looks! No matter how much time passes, people keep making things from maple-- a testament to its clean and classic look.
So thank you, maple, for doing all you do. Lostine (and the Earth) wouldn’t be the same without you!
"Trees are your best antiques." -- Scottish poet Alexander Smith