I never knew how they cut logs before but this gives me a birds eye view of what part of a log I am buying next time I shop for wood. They make like 14 different cuts from one log.
Before they ship a log it has to be cut to a certain length so all the logs are the same length when they are loaded onto a truck for shipping.
Cork has a multitude of green characteristics. The material is acquired by stripping most of the outer bark from the cork oak tree. This regular harvesting does the tree no harm, and the bark grows back, to be stripped again every nine years.
The trees live for 200 years or so, and the forests, called Montados, are highly prized and passed down through generations of families in the cork-producing business.
Even cork processing is relatively straightforward: The cork sheets or pieces are cured, boiled and pressed. Scraps are collected for reuse, so almost nothing is wasted.
Cork flooring seems to be very attractive since it doesn't seem to hurt the tree.
Cork Flooring at Home Depot
Like bamboo, cork is environmentally friendly, since no trees are cut down when it's harvested—cork is actually bark, and is harvested from "living" trees, and the bark re-grows in roughly 8 to 9 years.
Cork flooring comes in tiles or interlocking planks to make a floating floor. It also comes in a variety of colours—not just brown— and in patterned designs.
The benefits of cork flooring are numerous: an insulating floor that is soft and cushiony, it's as durable as wood, doesn't hold indentations, and is never cold like tile. It's easy to clean and won't trap mildew or rot — making it suitable for bathrooms and kitchens.It's something I am going to look into.
A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down, and orders a sandwich. He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun, and shoots the waiter dead. As the panda stands up to go, the manager shouts, "Hey! Where are you going? You just shot my waiter, and you didn't even pay for your sandwich!""Hey, man, I'm a PANDA!" the panda shouts back. "Look it up!"The manager opens his dictionary and reads: "Panda: a tree-dwellingmammal of Asian origin, characterized by distinct black and whitecoloring. Eats shoots and leaves."