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FSC® Certified Recycled: Know The Source

FSC® Certified: Know the source
Much has been made about being “less bad” and that has been a good place to start the conversation. Heppner Hardwoods was in that lane too. But, after 40 years in the woodworking business, 15 of them specializing in flooring, we are taking the lead by manufacturing reclaimed boards into solid and engineered flooring that is Forest Stewardship Council® Certified. Our solid flooring is 100% made in America using 100% American products – we give you “100% all good.“

Don’t Forget About Beauty
Nothing can replicate the beauty, warmth and uniqueness of real wood. Before the green movement, the beauty of wood was most often defined by perfection, now stewards are more inclined to embrace all boards, each with its own unique characteristics. With best practices for production and reclaimed utilization there is less consumption.

Sustainability: More than FSC® Certified Fiber

  • Wood is a carbon neutral product that produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life
  • Indoor air quality is better with wood floors
  • Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring options
  • At the end of its service life, wood flooring can be burned as fuel or recycled
  • Wood floors last hundreds of years, so they won’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options

Living Futures: Paying it Forward
Sustainability as defined by the International Living Futures Institute aspire to be net positive in their energy, water, material and community impacts. The other side of the movement is one that advocates for lifestyle and building products improvements that create healthy environments where children and families can flourish free of allergens, asthma, mold contaminants, learning disabilities, obesity, cancer and more.

Now FSC® Certified and Reclaimed Are Not Mutually Exclusive
The Chain of Custody Program provides the standards for sourcing reclaimed materials, covering the purchase, verification and classification of reclaimed materials for use in FSC® Certified products and projects.

All of our Reclaimed Lumber products are eligible for MR 4.1 and MR 4.2 (Recycled Content) points, MR 7 (Certified Wood) points and if within 500 miles of Azusa, California, MR 5.1 and MR 5.2 (Regional Materials) points.

To learn more about earning LEED Points contact Heppner Hardwoods Inc. 

Heppner Hardwoods Inc. is a member of the U. S. Green building Council (USGBC), which developed the LEED program.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building rating system is a nationally recognized certification process that encourages the adaptation of sustainable green building and developmental practices. The program is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

All of Heppner Hardwoods Reclaimed Lumber products can help a project earn up to 5 LEED points. Which credits, specifically, depends on the product and the project. All of our Reclaimed Lumber products are eligible for MR 4.1 and MR 4.2 (Recycled Content) points, MR 7 (Certified Wood) points and if within 500 miles of Azusa, California, MR 5.1 and MR 5.2 (Regional Materials) points.

LEED certified buildings receive third party validation as well as a LEED certification plaque and marketing exposure through the USGBC website. LEED certified buildings can also qualify for a number of local government and state incentives including tax rebates and zoning allowances.

SustainAbility able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.

 

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Briccole: From the Venice, Italy Canals

Audit Time…But it is a good thing!
Heppner Hardwoods, Inc., an early advocate for FSC® – check out our low digit Chain of Custody number COC 000301 – retains it’s certification for domestic, imported and reclaimed lumber. Additionally our 5 acre flooring mill was certified by NWFA/NOFMA. Talk about walking and chewing gum!  Now you can have  Reclaimed Floors that are FSC®Certified – eligible for LEED points – AND certified by NWFA, the international standard for flooring excellence.

Eternal Venice, the “bricole” and their double life: a past immerged in the water and the future as a promise for design. The famous poles that mark the navigation of the ships, are sculpted by the “Teredine Navale”, a mollusk that, through a patient work made of perfectly round holes, leaves the sign of its passage, giving the wood a particular and incredible design.

Bozovich is our direct distributor for the Briccole collection.  Our processing methods allow us to reuse Briccole for new practical purposes such as flooring, paneling, etc. Our contribution is to the environment by keeping our commitment to  reuse materials otherwise intended for disposal. Contact our Sales Department for further information on Briccole.


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NWFA/NOFMA Certified

Heppner Hardwoods, Inc. is the newest member of the NWFA/NOFMA Mill Program


AZUSA, CA (April 11, 2017) – The National Wood Flooring Association has recognized Heppner Hardwoods,Inc. with the NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification. The certification shows that a manufacturer’s wood flooring meets or exceeds the industry standards for grade, configuration, moisture content, and average board length. Certified mills are inspected a minimum of two times per year to ensure consistent grade standards are met. Read more of our press releases through Floor Daily, Floor Covering Weekly, and Floor Covering Installer.

Heppner Hardwoods has always striven to fit its customers’ needs – to be the Goldilocks company: able to scale services and resources to meet the ever changing needs of our customer. All of  our customers – big and small – deserve the best that we can be and now, they too can benefit from the gold standard of quality assurance; NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification. Hopefully the certification will help level the playing field for small/mid-size American companies against behemoth importers of engineered flooring.”

– Lorraine Heppner, CEO/President

Heppner Hardwoods is proud to be the first California flooring manufacturer to earn the NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification. The biannual inspections and consultations with their experts are a perfect complement to our Continuous Quality Improvement Program.  Earning the Mill Certification from NWFA/NOFMA reaffirms our core belief at Heppner Hardwoods that people are at the center of our success. It’s our employees, customers, and partners who deserve the credit.”

– Brent Heppner, COO/Vice President


About Heppner Hardwoods, Inc.

Heppner Hardwoods is a California-based custom manufacturer of hardwood flooring and mouldings. The company has been in business since 1978, during which time it survived the death of one of its founders.Today the company is headed up by mother-son team Lorraine and Brent Heppner. Ownership modifications are but part of the changes to the company. Originally a distribution and architectural planing mill, the company segued into flooring after 9 -11 when hospitality projects declined. Today Heppner Hardwoods, Inc. is a thriving flooring manufacturer of wide plank (12-½”) solid and engineered flooring.


Contact 

To learn more about the certified product, please contact the Sales Department:

555 West Danlee Street, Azusa, CA 91702

Office: (626) 610-1750 | Fax: (626) 969-8321

Email: jln@heppner.us

IPE DECKING

Direct Importer of Ipe Decking, Lumber, Siding and Manufacturer of Mouldings


· FSC and Kiln dried at 9% – 12% Guarantees less expansion/contraction until it reaches its EMC (Equilibrium Moisture Content)
· Kiln dried IPE lumber & IPE decking for blending indoor – outdoor  living
· Resistant to decay, fungi, and termites – Expected service life of 25+ years
· Lumber/Flooring: Grade Premium – Select and Better – Economy
· Decking Grade can be visually graded to match lumber/flooring
· Janka Scale Hardness 3510 · Naturally class A fire rated
· Long lengths up to 22’ – desirable for siding · Economy lengths and cut-to-length

Heppner Hardwoods, Inc. Mission

Step 1: Objective Identification: Communicate the parameters of the project and ensure that all parties have a mutual understanding.

Step 2: Constructability Review: Clarify details are consistent with industry practices.

Step 3: Value Engineering: Provide suggestions for cost savings to help you with your bottom line.

Step 4: Scheduling and Logistics Planning: 91% of the time, product will arrive on site according to your schedule. We maintain extra trucks for just-in-time– delivery.


 Cumaru & Garapa Lumber

We also offer Cumaru and Garapa lumber, mouldings (handrails, etc.) and decking. All widths and lengths available to be custom planed/milled to your profile in Azusa, CA. Our machine tolerances are above what is mandated by industry standards.

MESOM – La Jolla

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Give us a call for more information about our services and products. Ask your sales rep about just-in-time stocking programs for dealers/distributors.

Gen X Walnut Flooring

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Retro – such an overused word – but sometimes it is the only one that will work. In this particular case it applies to Mid-Century Modern Furniture – as in the 20th century. And, yeah, as a baby-boomer, I was there for it the first time.

But, who knew then, that the series Mad Men and Mid-Century Modern would become marketing descriptor du jour. Another nod to Mid-Century Modern is that it is minimalistic and that the amount of hardwood consumed, even in mass production for knock off furniture, paneling and screens, is minimal thereby leaving plenty of Walnut trees – the specie in demand – for Baklava lovers and for manufacturers of hardwood flooring.

Heppner Hardwoods is serving-up our homage to Mid-Century Modern, with a nod to post-modern, by offering our new Solid Flooring: Gen X Walnut.

Just as the designs of Mid-Century Modern were conceived for the smaller post-war homes, we have proportionalized our Gen X Walnut Flooring to the same scale. So too is the pricing, Gen X with its attractive price points will have broad appeal to the Millennials.

Available Solid & Unfinished

16mm x 120mm (5/8″ x 4-3/4″) Tongue and Groove, End Matched

16mm x 150mm (5/8″ x 6″) Tongue and Groove, End Matched

16mm x 190mm (5/8″ x 7-1/2″) Tongue and Groove, End Matched

The beauty of this uncommon walnut is that the logs are turned by hand and cut for aesthetics. These logs bypass the high tech computerized systems that cut for maximum yield. Instead these logs are visually selected and processed for their beauty. In every plank of Gen X flooring there will be 90% or more heart content with a range of features from bird pecks, dormant grub holes, and knots from small branches.

Typical, to being in the here-and-now while a “period” is becoming iconic, I had little appreciation for the Mid-Century Modern furniture of my childhood. To be sure, your Walnut Gen X floor may never be iconic or have its own Wikipedia Page, but it will be 21st Century Chic for a very long time. With all the attribute and distinctions available; scrape, pillowed-edge, color, top coat, sheen to name a few, your floor can stand the test of time. Sourcing a floor from Heppner Hardwoods means it is custom from inception, not customized after the fact.

Carluccio’s International – United States

The British are coming, the British are coming! The demographic significance  of London based Carluccio’s Restaurant’s expansion  across the pond to locate at 100 King Street in Alexandria, VA is not without irony.

Consider this; An Italian born chef  goes to London to learn English and wholesale Italian wine, along the way he gets knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and earns OMRI, the Italian version of knighthood AKA, The Godfather of Cookery, builds his Carluccio brand (over 80 locations in the UK alone) and then decides to re-colonize America  with the opening of his first Italian restaurant. But, he doesn’t just choose any town in which to showcase his authentic cuisine, he chooses old town Alexandria, favored by King George III for being “commodious for trade”.  Rich with pre-revolutionary history, it has been tagged a museum without walls; the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets harken back to British Monarchy with street names such as King, Duke, Prince and Princess.

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Lot 51, at the corner of 100 King and Water was originally purchased in 1749 by Lawrence Washington, George Washington’s half brother

Carluccio's Comes to America

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Again, the irony occurs when California based manufacturer Heppner Hardwoods Inc flooring was specified  for the “new” Carluccio’s in America. We were tasked with replicating The Ole World look of the antique and smoked French hardwood flooring favored by Uk Architectural firm, DesignLSM Limited.

When Dave Johnson of Maryland based CB Flooring LLC contacted Lorraine Heppner last year, it was with the design paradoxical,  “They are trying to match wood used in London, want historic look for new restaurant in VA.”

Architectural Firm Studio3877 approved HH-305 for the “historical look.”  The grand opening occurred June 3rd this year.  Two more Carluccio’s are scheduled stateside 2017.

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HH-305 (EC) ENGINEERED AND SOLID CUSTOM PREFINISHED EUROPEAN CUT DOMESTIC WHITE OAK WIDE PLANK HARDWOOD FLOORING MANUFACTURED IN UNITED STATES

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HH-305 European Cut White Oak: Boards come from the same fashion of through-sawn logs, which display the full range of grain and knots that was present in the live tree. The through-sawing is the same as Whip Sawn, the difference is  that the faces of these planks have been planed smooth. The floor planks will still display the full range of beautiful character as the Whip Sawn floors.

Euro Cut White Oak is available FSC® Certified

Offered in Solid and Engineered ¾” x 8”,10” & 12”

Custom Wide Plank Engineered Hardwood Flooring

HH-303 (WS) ENGINEERED AND SOLID CUSTOM PREFINISHED EUROPEAN CUT DOMESTIC WHITE OAK WIDE PLANK HARDWOOD FLOORING MANUFACTURED IN UNITED STATES

HH-301-305 Whip Sawn European Cut White Oak: These planks look as though they were board-axed, hand hewn and never shown a production line.  The cutting method harks back to European settlers. With live sawing or through-cutting there is a rich range of grain and knots in every board and as they dry the knots and the unique, never to be repeated, swirls and convergence of knots cause additional irregular shrinkage and movement. It is this one-of-a-kind undulation that makes Whip Sawn distinctive, and not just another groundhogs day-of-a-floor that has been mass produced with an artificial wear pattern that repeats with each revolution of the cutting heads.

Whip Sawn is available FSC®  Certified

Offered in Solid and Engineered ¾” x 8”,10” & 12” x Random Lengths

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HH-301-305 European Cut White Oak: Boards come from the same fashion of through-sawn logs, which display the full range of grain and knots that was present in the live tree. The through-sawing is the same as Whip Sawn, the difference is  that the faces of these planks have been planed smooth. The floor planks will still display the full range of beautiful character as the Whip Sawn floors.

Euro Cut White Oak is available FSC® Certified   

Offered in Solid and Engineered ¾” x 8”,10” & 12” x Random Lengths

UV-101 ENGINEERED CUSTOM PREFINISHED RECLAIMED WIDE PLANK HARDWOOD FLOORING MANUFACTURED IN UNITED STATES
Urban Verde -101 Reclaimed White Oak: Make no mistake, these floors are not rehabilitated, no indeed, they have transcended into a new world of contemporary chic.  The planks are filleted from  rare, large old sleeper beams and will display age and the marks of antiquity; splits, bug tracks, nail holes, occasional mortise and, on original face planks, there may be an occasional scallop shaped mark that was created by an adze tool. And, of course, there will be the tight grain that is prevalent in old growth, 19th century trees. Boards for UV-101 have been especially hand selected, look for the pith which signifies center cut logs. These tell tale distinctions hark back to 18th century wax seals that, too, were used for the authentication of all things precious.

Reclaimed Lumber = LEED MR4 points                         

Engineered ¾” x 5”-12” x Random Lengths

All of our solid and engineered  hardwood floors are manufactured in Azusa, California, U.S.A. Come tour our milling facility, experience the Heppner difference.

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And in Between Are The Doors

I didn’t go to Paris for The Doors or for a doors tour de force either, for that matter.  No, just coincidentally the two came together. After visiting the big ticket items, such as the Eiffel Tower, museums, and Notre Dame there is, ‘not to be missed’  the Pere Lachaise cemetery. It is here, in this beautiful ethereal place that the remains of celebrated artists, writers and musicians, including Sarah Bernhardt, Moliere, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde are at rest.  But, it is the grave of the American icon Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, that draws hordes of tourists from around the world. The rock legend, at the age of 27 moved to Paris where he died on July 3, 1971, officially of heart failure, unofficially of a heroin overdose.  Morrison, still a headliner forty years later, has an endless vigil at his grave; no whistling past the graveyard, here. Not a Morrison fan in life; in death he provided me with an interesting afternoon of people watching on an international scale.

Doors in France

My pop-up tour of French entry doors began quite ostensibly.  After my hair dryer AND curler blew up, we had a mission.  In spite of the electrical converter I brought from home, I shorted out the third floor of the hotel with the plugging in of my dryer.  The hotel maintenance man, who didn’t speak a word of English came to assist with the Spanish electrician in tow, who didn’t speak French or English.  After his re-set and armed with the hotels converter, I got the ‘all clear sign’, spoken with the universal language; two thumbs up. Then, when I plugged in my curling iron it too shorted out. After an internet search we set off on foot in hunt of replacements. Now, getting lost in Paris is not a hardship, rather a feast for the senses but, passing the same buildings twice and sometimes three times was provoking. I then devised a plan of creating virtual bread crumbs by taking pictures of doors. Now, any angst I had over the failure of finding my hair appliances was fast evaporating, I was enjoying myself too much to care.  I had a new mission, choreographing all of our walks with the photographing of wooden French entry doors.

The Doors of France

Sandwiched between American icon, The Doors and my French doors omage were visits to sawmills. One mill in particular added perspective to the massive French Doors I had been photographing. There, northwest of Paris, enormous French oak logs were being processed for 8/4, 12/4 and 16/4 lumber. In the French forests, which cover one quarter of France’s territory,  the oak is king. I underscored “the” as I want to point out that the misnomer “white” is often placed in front of French/European oak. Only Quercus petraea  is native to Europewhile domestic North American oaks are distinguished by white and red, Quercus alba and Quercus rubra, respectively.

 Inside a kiln

Sawmill owner, Mr. Monniot, further elevated my perspective by allowing me a peek into the inner sanctum of his sawmill, into the kilns where row after row of 4″ thick oak boles were slowly and scientifically being dried.  And, while lumber drying technology has advanced over the last hundred years, there is still an intuitive art to slowly and lovingly bringing the moisture content down, especially in the thick oaks, to correct working properties without it developing surface checking or splits.

My curiosity was piqued. Sure it was the perfect trifecta of flat, close and straight grained old growth oak that went into the fabrication of all the French doors I had been enjoying, that and superb craftsmanship. Everyone knows that the French are artisan geniuses. But, how did they know and test for moisture content and tensile stress?  Without this knowledge entry doors, which need the flatest and best of lumber, would not have survived 100 years, let alone 500.

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And then, I found Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, prominent First Century BC architect, who wrote De architectura, a ten volume “how to” book about building with limestone, Tuscan stone/carbuncular, marble, and more importantly to me, timber.  In book II and chapter IX he speaks to the selection of trees, here are a few interesting excerpts:

1. Timber should be felled between early Autumn and the time when Favonius begins to blow. For in Spring all trees become pregnant, and they are all employing their natural vigour in the production of leaves and of the fruits that return every year. The requirements of that season render them empty and swollen, and so they are weak and feeble because of their looseness of texture……..

2. On the same principle, with the ripening of the fruits in Autumn the leaves begin to wither and the trees, taking up their sap from the earth through the roots, recover themselves and are restored to their former solid texture. But the strong air of winter compresses and solidifies them during the time above mentioned. Consequently, if the timber is felled on the principle and at the time above mentioned, it will be felled at the proper season.

3. In felling a tree we should cut into the trunk of it to the very heart, and then leave it standing so that the sap may drain out drop by drop throughout the whole of it. In this way the useless liquid which is within will run out through the sapwood instead of having to die in a mass of decay, thus spoiling the quality of the timber. Then and not till then, the tree being drained dry and the sap no longer dripping, let it be felled and it will be in the highest state of usefulness.

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One can almost imagine, with the placing of an ear against the doors lining the square of Place des Vosges how the roar of a crowd could be heard, when in 1559 King Henry II was wounded during a dueling tournament. Or, imagine the tale a  former resident on Place Vendôme might tell after seeing married French novelist Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin aka George Sand, slip into Chopin’s house for a secret midnight tryst.

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When you become bored with too much antiquity and imagining intrigue behind doors you can allow yourself to look for tourists sporting Jim Morrison tees and follow them back to the Pere Lachaise cemetery, “break on through to the other side”

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors” – Jim Morrison

~ Lorraine

Board Whisperer: Sleeper Beams

Making reclaimed flooring is difficult and not for amateurs. The skills required are, in part, curator, board whisperer, historian, vintner, and of course, experienced master woodworkers.

The customization of our vintage boards starts with your vision. Heppner Hardwoods woodworkers will repurpose them into flooring, paneling, table tops or architectural millwork from salvaged:

  • Barn Siding
  • Circle/Band Sawn or Hand Hewn Sleeper Beams
  • Circle Sawn or Hand Hewn Ceiling Beams
  • Old Boards
  • Trusses
  • Cooperages and Brewing Warehouses

Sleeper Beams: Flooring is the heir apparent for reclaimed sleeper beams. After all, these beams originally were part of the flooring and foundation in barns, outbuildings or log homes. They are highly prized for their girth and length. Sleepers form the horizontal members for the frame, the cornerstone, if you will, to the walls and floor joists. Its limited use and availability makes it rare and highly sought. And, unlike the ceiling rafters and beams, there are very few, if any mortise pockets. Some aesthetic will embrace the authenticity of the mortise voids, while others will find it a distraction.

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Barn design came with the early settlers and can be seen in 18th and 19th century foundations, one such supporting beam is a summer or girder. The word summer derived from French sommier, meaning “bearing great burden or weight“. This large beam, which runs the length of the structure, provides the clues to the age of the building through the distinctive saw marks. Whatever the sawing method, pit sawn or hewn with axes or hatchets, each stroke is unique to the sawyer. The irregular, hand-made splinter marks that travel the direction of the grain, as well as deep cross cuts establishes the beams age. The strokes may have later been smoothed by a secondary craftsman hand wielding an early tool called an adze, evidenced by scallop shaped marks along the length of the beam. The adze was used to reduce any large juggle marks or voids left by the axe. This was not done purely for appearance sake, as the accumulation of ice and snow in the divots would lead to early decay.

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Machine sawn beams will have unique marks too; pit saw, gash saw and circular saw each leave a very different type of mark. The gash/band saw, which was powered by a water wheel will leave large and irregular “up and down” kerf marks. With the advent of the first industrial revolution and steam, the first circular spinning saw was employed. This invention was an improvement, but its kerf chewed up at least ¼” of fiber and left its path of circle sawn kerf marks. Even today there are variations within each type of saw, which prior to the popularity of reclaimed, we would remove with our modern 6 head moulders. These character traits will contribute authenticity to your project, whether rustic or contemporary.

We make it our mission to preserve these lovely attributes by filleting planks from the sound portions of the beams and doing all possible to preserve the marks of antiquity; splits, bug tracks, nail holes and remaining mortise pockets. Occasionally, with older than 18th century planks, we can harvest an original face still boasting the scallop shaped marks that were created by the adze.

Please allow the boards and the Heppner “Board Whisperers” to lovingly preserve the various widths of the flooring planks for a truly random and authentic look.

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Look for the next board whisperer segment: Ceiling Beams

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Board Whisperer: Reclaimed Barn Siding

Making reclaimed flooring is difficult and not for amateurs. The skills required are, in part, curator, board whisperer, historian, vintner, and of course, experienced master woodworkers.

The customization of our vintage boards starts with your vision. Heppner Hardwoods woodworkers will repurpose them into flooring, paneling, table tops or architectural millwork from salvaged:

  • Barn Siding
  • Circle/Band Sawn or Hand Hewn Sleeper Beams
  • Circle Sawn or Hand Hewn Ceiling Beams
  • Old Boards
  • Trusses
  • Cooperages and Brewing Warehouses

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Barn Siding is most often used for crafting flooring and paneling. It is available in gray board, brown board, clean planed or circle sawn and or painted wood siding. We offer a range of uniquely weathered painted barn boards that vary from solid red to flaky red paint. The appearance of the exterior planks (gray board) will vary according to where the barn was harvested. As an example, if the out building or cabin was in the lee side of the Smoky Mountains, the descending wind would be milder than the ascending wind off the plateau and as a result siding from that region will have less of a gray washboard and weathered appearance. The interior side of the planks will yield what we call “brown board” and manifests less of the ravages left by years of wind. But, no matter how rustic and antique the boards are, with Heppner Hardwoods custom selection process, the client can decide on how deep and how many distinctions caused by weather, insect tracks, nail holes and cracking to keep in the floor.

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The most common species from barn siding are White Oak, Red Oak and Hickory. Although usually the several species are mixed. When practical, we can separate the species in order to provide a monolithic floor should you desire. However, in order to ascertain the specie, it would require machine planing off the antique characteristics that is evidence of a 100 years of winters and summers. But, with Heppner Hardwoods as your master woodworker that can be done, it is an individual choice. Moreover, since each and every project is custom and tailor made to specifications, you can participate in its creation up to the time it goes into production at our factory in Azusa CA. Samples and or high resolution pictures are available.

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Pre-finishing, add the supreme refinement; may we suggest HH-303, HH-305, HH-306 or HH-401.

  • Offered in solid ¾” or engineered ⅝” or ¾”
  • Widths are as available 4”-12”
  • Offered pre-finished, custom colors or natural
  • All products are kiln dried and fumigated.

Engineered platform is Baltic Birch, NAUF exterior glue rated FSC® certified plywood. Reclaimed products may qualify for LEED MR4. FSC® certified plywood now qualifies for LEED points.

Look for the next board whisperer segment: reclaimed beams

Timbers

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Whipsawn Flooring

Designers looking for the next avant-garde in customized flooring have decided that organic texture is “it”.  They are finding that the artistry of replication through hand applied texturing belies the verisimilitude of the 18th century look, which was a by-product of machinery limitations. The inconsistent surface or undulation resulted from sawing the timbers by hand and then later in the 19th century, the sawing was powered by water mills.

Boards were sliced from the boles with the full range of grain and knots that was present in the live tree. Further, as the planks dried out, the knots and the convergence of knots caused additional irregular shrinkage and warping. It is ironic that modern trend setters are looking to be pulled through the keyhole of history into rooms bearing, metaphorically, the legendary footprints of Paul Bunyan and the lumber buckers of his era. There is no mistaking these floors for the fine woodworking of the early French Parquetry made popular by European aristocrats. No, this authentic undulation is a throwback to the coarse homespun woof and warp of early American weaving.

Mankind’s natural inclination to improve products started with the advancement of machinery. During the industrial revolution the advent of steam powered equipment created many new possibilities for sawmills. After the sash saw, the next improvement was the use of circular saw blades, and soon thereafter, the use of gang saws, which added additional blades so that a log would be sliced into boards with one pass and a more consistent thickness and width was achieved. Following sawing and drying improvements came surface planning.  Hence the smooth face became the desired finish and has remained so……. until now.

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Mix n’ Match with sophisticated elegance

Heppner Hardwoods has interrupted the progression of the modern sawmill by buying period “Paul Bunyan” boards and timber bearing the unmistakable vertical saw marks left by the up and down action of the water-wheel powered saws. This is a clear case for recycling, not reinventing the wheel.

Our inspiration for our first offering of Whipsawn  flooring

The humble 18th century floor boards were irregular in shape and ranged in size and length. In the interest of lowering costs, the order of the day was to use the least amount of boards to cover a surface. The wider the width and the longer the plank, the less time it took to lay the floor. These floors were not smoothed or hand planed, they bore the irregular look of having been split by a lumberjack. More formal rooms used narrower floorboards, indicating the wealth of the family who could afford to pay for the extra hours that craftsmen took hand finishing the boards with stone or metal. The irony is that today the wider floorboards have become contemporary.

Another benefit of the Industrial Revolution was the invention of moulding tongue and groove floor boards. Before that, boards were just butted together at installation.  But shifts in the environment would cause the wider boards to contract leaving huge gaps in the floor through which objects and small children were lost. Aesthetically speaking, it was an improvement too. Now when the wood shrank and drew apart, each gap was concealed by the edge of the adjacent board.

When it comes to “green” all similarities between the logging of the 18th century and the modern sawmill diverge. The indiscriminate logging that fueled the industrial revolution left ecological destruction. Harvesting techniques today along with environmental consciousness lend to sustainability. It is estimated that America harvests only about 65%-70% timber annually leaving 30% plus to add to existing inventory.

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Uber chic meets funk

Today, when you purchase a hardwood floor manufactured by Heppner Hardwoods, in Azusa CA, you can rest assured that your wood product has been harvested and fabricated by good stewards of the land. Every step of the manufacturing process has been done by hand in Azusa CA, by proud and free Americans.

HHI’s Plywood Environmental Pledge

Heppner Hardwood Cares and poses this question: Do you know what is lurking underfoot?

All floors are not created equal, but now the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting closer to leveling the flooring playing field for all. Recently they have regulated for tougher standards for NAUF (no added urea formaldehyde). Urea Formaldehyde is a  known carcinogen at the extreme and has less adverse effects such as burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; nausea; and skin irritation. However, the state of California and Heppner Hardwoods, Inc (HHI) have been in front of the Fed’s and the public’s safety with mandated state regulations known as CARB, california air resource board.  HHI, has been leading the industry by voluntarily, since 2008, exceeding the regulations and by incorporating Phase 2 California 93120 Phase 2 Compliant for Formaldehyde TCP-4 Baltic Birch plywood  into the manufacturing processes of our engineered flooring.

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Next time you are tempted to save money by shopping for engineered flooring at a big box store, ponder this: Lumber Liquidators’ Stock Drops on Formaldehyde Report & Lumber Liquidators Faces Class-Action Suit Over Imports

Not only does our concern for the consumer’s safety go into the format of a HHI engineered floor but sustainability, stability, and durability.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Plywood substrate made from FSC® certified Baltic Birch, offered in both mixed & pure 9mm, 12mm & 15mm

  • 9 mm substrate made from Post Industrial Upcycled plywood * footnote

  • Glue spec: PUR (Polyurethane Reactive Hot Melt) used for lamella

STABILITY

  • Stability of engineered wood is achieved by running each layer of laboratory proven stable Baltic Birch  at a 90° angle to each layer. This specie and laminating with exterior rated glue is of particular importance for wide plank flooring and/or when installed in a less than stable environment.

DURABILITY

  • WBP standard goes into every HHI engineered floor.  WBP stands for Weather and  Boil Proof, the category of glue used to make the most durable plywood.

  • Exterior rated glue, is classified as moisture resistant.

  • Look for the “Exterior Glue” stamp.

Risk is often unknowable, but why would you bring a product manufactured in China into your sanctuary, the place where you, your children and your pets eat, play and sleep?

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MANUFACTURED IN AZUSA, CALIFORNIA USA

WE CARE FOR YOU, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND SUSTAINABILITY

                                          HARDWOOD, AMERICA’S ONLY RENEWABLE RESOURCE

 

* footnote Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value

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Vive la différence French & Domestic White Oak

Vive la différence French & Domestic White Oak

French White Oak wide plank flooring is beautiful, prestigious and comes with the iconic allure of the French femmes but, if you don’t want the role of curator in your own home, consider North American or Domestic Euro cut white oak. The primary difference is geography. The methodology of processing the White Oak logs is the same, whether of French or American origin, vive la options! In both instances whole logs are sawn ‘through and through’ so that the boards sliced are the full width of the tree. The wide plank boards will have an array of  grain radiating from the flat cathedral grain in the center of the  planks. Along the edges of the planks the grain is tight and there will be quartering along with the occasional flecks of the medullary rays. For both oaks,  planks of 6” and wider will have the full array and variety of the beautiful grain patterns within each individual board. Characterization within both species of white oak is the rich heart color, along with pithy and cathedral pattern with a coarser texture. The early growth rings are wider and streaked with tannin’s  which “pops” when finished. However French White Oak has a lower porosity and a higher content of tannin, which is what made French White Oak planks the first choice for wine barrel makers (coopers). It is also what contributes to the shortage of long lengths, as European sawmills were configured around the high demand for wine barrels. See illustration below for French White Oak and for Domestic White Oak. Vive la Options    

Vive la Options! From start to finish our floors are manufactured to the customer’s spec in Heppner Hardwoods factory in Azusa CA.  Our floors do not take a detour to outsourcing.  We are not wide plank flooring brokers, distributors, or old masters of outsourcing, operating under the guise of being manufacturers.   All of our flooring is made to order, after the client has considered the vast array of distinctions personifying  their look for their wide plank floor.  Come on by and experience vive la différence for yourself. 

Comparison Vive La Difference

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  • Available in solid & engineered, plank width  7” – 9”
  • Lengths 2’-8’ occasionally 9’ & 10’; average length 4’ -5’
  • Fuming available
  • Distinctions available i.e. scrape, wire brush, pegging, pillowing, etc.
  • Rough/skip sawn face
  • Relief Carving, high & low
  • Custom edge profile all four sides
  • Rough textured or smooth sanded
  • Patterns i.e. Versailles, Chantilly, Herringbone etc.
  • Lead time 4 – 6 weeks, Price $$$$ depending on width
  • FSC® not available

 

  • Available in solid & engineered, plank width  7” – 12”
  • Lengths 3’-12’ and longer; average length 9’
  • Fuming available
  • Distinctions available i.e. scrape, wire brush, pegging, pillowing, etc.
  • Rough/skip sawn face
  • Relief Carving, high & low
  • Custom edge profile all four sides
  • Rough textured or smooth sanded
  • Patterns i.e. Versailles, Chantilly, Herringbone etc.
  • Lead time 2 weeks, Price $$ depending on width
  • FSC® available

 

Click here to contact us and learn more about our custom milling capabilities.

8/4 FSC® Certified Ipe

“A well written life is as rare as a well spent one” – Thomas Carlyle 

8/4 FSC® Certified IPE is as rare as hen’s teeth” – Brent Heppner

8/4 IPE lumber is rare and hard to come by. But, we have just obtained 6,000 Board Feet of 8/4 Ipe AND it’s all available FSC® Certified. As  one of the densest and hardest timbers available, along with it’s  low maintenance qualities, highly termite resistant attributes and impermeable surface it has unparalleled advantages for exterior projects, especially in commercial applications.  Thanks to the A and D community raising the visibility of Ipe in their high profile projects,  the common denominator of decking have been raised. Now, Ipe is equally popular indoors as it is for outdoors. The advantage of coming to Heppner Hardwoods for Ipe is that we offer both FSC® kiln dried lumber in 4/4 & 5/4 and 4/4 & 5/4 decking. And now we have 8/4, air dried to approximately 15% MC, lengths are 8′-20′

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With the high shock resistance of Ipe comes the advantage of it  standing up to the high traffic of kids, dogs and even high heeled pumps. The popularity of indoor/outdoor kitchens have blurred the boundaries of dining alfresco as this timber is equally beautiful indoors and outdoors. And, while you’re entertaining and relaxing in your haven you can do so guilt free as our offering of IPE has been harvested, processed and kiln dried within strict biodiversity guidelines. Another ecological advantage of Ipe is that it is naturally class “A” fire-rated.  Brent Heppner, Heppner Hardwoods COO, personally visited the sawmill in the Amazon Rainforest.  From the forest and all through the operations Brent saw best practices in play.With the  integrity of the certification process along with the documentation for the chain of custody (COC) & certified by Rainforest Alliance or other accredited NGO you are assured that responsible is part of the Heppner culture when it comes to global humanity and environmental sustainability.

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Contact a Heppner Hardwoods sales representative today to learn how to turn inspiration into a rooftop oasis, outdoor kitchen, veranda, outdoor spiral staircase, pagoda garden, portable dance floor, one of a kind entrance doors, windows and oh yes, decks. Click the link to learn more about our Cumaru decking.

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Rift White Oak Flooring

Making a Case for Solid Rift White Oak Flooring

Flooring manager Mike Irish & operations manager, Brent Heppner, seen below are selecting boards for flooring. Each board, front & back is inspected. The boards that make the grade for engineered flooring, by necessity must have the correct attributes on BOTH FACES of each plank. This proprietary grading is what makes a Heppner Hardwoods floor unique. One might think that when I refer to “unique” that I’m addressing the fact that each & every hand selected board has a unique look. And, yes, that is true but, in this instance I’m referring to the aggregate, as in the “whole” floor which has been carefully handcrafted. No machine can take the place of the trained hands & eyes of Heppner personnel selecting the boards; for color clarity and  grain pattern.

Attention to Detail is What Sets a Heppner Rift White Oak Floor Apart

5” Engineered Rift White Oak 5” Solid Rift White Oak
Grade: Select Grade: Select
Thickness: 3/4” (6.3mm wear layer) Thickness: 3/4” (7mm wear layer)
Width: 5” Face Width: 5” Face
Lengths: 2’ – 12’ (Average 6’) Lengths: 3’ – 12’ (Average 7’)
Details: Unfinished, End-Matched Details: Unfinished, End-Matched
Price: $ 8.40 Sq. Ft. Price: $ 7.55 Sq. Ft.

 

7” Engineered Rift White Oak 7” Solid Rift White Oak
Grade: Select Grade: Select
Thickness: 3/4” (6.3mm wear layer) Thickness: 3/4” (7mm wear layer)
Width: 7” Face Width: 7” Face
Lengths: 2’ – 12’ (Average 6’) Lengths: 3’ – 12’ (Average 7’)
Details: Unfinished, End-Matched Details: Unfinished, End-Matched
Price: $ 9.13 Sq. Ft. Price: $ 7.97 Sq. Ft.

The rift method of sawing logs produces a clean contemporary look with a side benefit of being very stable. There is very little movement (shrinking or expanding) within the width and length of the flooring plank. Therefore, it is possible to install a solid rift floor (as long as it is not wider than 7”) in most applications. Why not choose the solid version of a rift white oak floor, it looks the same, plus you can save a little money?

Don’t delay, now that the scoop is out about an affordable alternative, others will want to take advantage of the cost savings.

Reclaimed & Tropical Timbers Go Vertical, Retro And Conservational

Wallflowers are coming out of the shadows as durable wall art. The recent spotlight on wall paneling have shimmied from the architect and designers storyboard  onto trendsetting walls. And today’s vertical surfaces are definitely not a resurrection from your grandparents basement!  These walls can talk and what a story they tell about the resident artist. The materials you choose for your artistic license is up to you.

Here are some of our fav hip and eco compelling ideas utilizing wood.


  • Reclaimed barn siding with rustic metal contemporizing the look and feel
  • Rough sawn tropical timbers for veritable global influence
  • Sleek and clean light colored domestic species for the geometric perspective
  • Rough edged slabs mounted like rough hewn gems
  • Curved wall made graceful by the movement of horizontally mounted planks
  • Board and batten reministic of equestrian posh
  • Framed rough sawn siding for Lowcountry traditional
  • Wide planks mounted horizontally calling to mind Tanzu
  • Deconstructed wine barrels adding “nose” to the space
  • Exterior chic for curb appeal

There is always a tell to a custom design. However, the groundwork done in the Heppner Hardwoods factory will fabricate the design into reality. Heppner Hardwoods believes all of the above, pleasing to the eye as it may be,  is not consummated without good husbandry of our resources. Heppner Hardwoods is certified by Rainforest Alliance, but beyond that we utilize all that we consume in our processes. Our engineering capabilities further stretch the consumption of forest products and even the substrate used is FSC® certified. You are assured that responsible is part of the Heppner culture when it comes to global  humanity and  environmental sustainability.

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FSC® Certified Santos Mahogany

Santos Mahogany/ Estoraque

Starting in October 2012 Heppner Hardwoods, Inc  will  directly import  beautiful Santos Mahogany/Estoraque from Peru.  What that means to you is that the logs will be sawn from a single forest concession in Peru, further the lumber will be kiln dried by the same operators. The process of drying Santos is critical for stability and avoiding surface checking.  Lumber from importers/brokers come from mixed sources and regions in Central and South America then their logs get mixed together at the sawmill.  This can result in inconsistent color, grain and grade, as well as a varying  moisture content. Achieving the correct moisture content is very important, especially when  manufacturing  engineered flooring.

Most Santos Mahogany flooring is manufactured in South America according to cost effective measures. Which results in:

  • Nested bundles of 1’-7’ long
  • Widths are 3”-5” wide
  • Inconsistent milling of tongue & groove
  • Sq Edge -No choice of profile
  • Single thickness in solid and engineered (if available)
  • Limitations for the accessories (base, treads, reducer, risers etc)
  • Not certified FSC®

Heppner Hardwoods flooring is custom manufactured in Azusa CA from beautiful FAS 4/4 lumber.  Which results in:

  • Random Length up to 16’ long
  • Widths are 2”-12” wide
  • Precision Milling of tongue & groove with end match
  • Custom profile of your choice
  • ½” – ¾” thick for solid or ½” – ¾” engineered wear layer of your choice
  • Accessories are custom milled from the same lumber as the flooring
  • All available as FSC® Certified

You should expect  a degree of color variation from board to board in Santos, ranging from a lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy.  However, the disparity will be less marked in a Heppner Hardwoods flooring as the timber came from the same geographical area.  Additionally, since Heppner is processing  a good amount of rough lumber, we sort the boards according to color and grain. Nevertheless as it ages, the color does tend to turn more red/purple.  Why choose  Santos Mahogany? Besides the beauty of the floor itself, it is much harder than North American species plus for an exotic,  it is relatively stable.  And  because of its density and durability it resists denting and foot traffic quite well.

Contact us for further information.

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30,000 BF of Ipe Have Arrived!

It’s here! Our order of 30,000 board feet of Ipe has arrived and is here at our facility in Azusa, CA.

Ipe specifications:

  • Kiln dried at 8% moisture content
  • Random Length 7’-19’
  • Select and Better Grade
  • Janka Scale Hardness 3684
  • Naturally Class A fire rated
  • Resistant to decay, fungi, termites

IPE is one of the hardest timbers available, and as a low maintenance, highly termite resistant, impermeable surface as well as high Janka ranking,  has made IPE popular for exterior commercial applications i.e. decking.  The A and D community are discovering that due to the high shock resistance of IPE the kids, dogs and even guests in high heeled pumps can cohabitate.  Now, with  the availability of both  kiln dried IPE lumber & IPE decking you can blur the boundaries of dining alfresco as this timber is equally beautiful indoors and outdoors. And, while you’re entertaining and relaxing in your haven you can do so guilt free as our offering of IPE has been harvested, processed and kiln dried within strict biodiversity guidelines. Brent Heppner, Heppner Hardwoods COO, personally visited the sawmill in the Amazon Rainforest.  From the forest and all through the operations Brent saw best practices in play.With the  integrity of the certification process along with the documentation for the chain of custody (COC) & certified by Rainforest Alliance or other accredited NGO you are assured that responsible is part of the Heppner culture when it comes to global  humanity and  environmental sustainability.

Contact a Heppner Hardwoods sales representative today to learn how to turn inspiration into a rooftop oasis, outdoor kitchen, veranda, outdoor spiral staircase, pagoda garden, portable dance floor, one of a kind entrance doors, windows and oh yes, decks. Click the link to learn more about our Cumaru decking.

FSC® Certified Cumaru Anti-Slip Decking

Popular European “saw-tooth anti-slip” commercial grade Cumaru decking is here in Azusa, CA and is ready to be incorporated into your design projects.

Be the first to score this exceptional 3/4″ x 5-1/2″ decking material available in 20′ lengths, that’s right it is ALL 20′ LONG. Find out why this Peruvian hardwood, FSC® certified, is preferred over other species by clicking here.

For the first time, we are featuring the anti-slip serrated face decking planks that have been utilized in the residential and commercial European market place and more recently in the USA for commercial instillation where anti-slip safety is mandated. Now, you too can have a beautiful, anti-slip and impervious to the elements solid wood deck, as seen at ski resorts and spas in the Rockies and around docks and decks in the tropics.

Ask Brent Heppner, who went to Peru to source the lumber, about the Cumaru deck he installed at his home.

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20,000 bf of Ipe Coming Soon

Heppner Hardwoods, Inc has secured the harvest of 20,000 bf of  green Ipe. The KD  Ipe is set to arrive  October 2012. There will be 20,000 bf of Ipe on site, available for the projects of your environmentally conscious clients.

Ipe specifications:

  • Kiln dried at 8% moisture content
  • Random Length 7’-19’
  • Select and Better Grade
  • Janka Scale Hardness 3684
  • Naturally Class A fire rated
  • Resistant to decay, fungi, termites

IPE is one of the hardest timbers available, and as a low maintenance, highly termite resistant, impermeable surface as well as high Janka ranking,  has made IPE popular for exterior commercial applications i.e. decking.  The A and D community are discovering that due to the high shock resistance of IPE the kids, dogs and even guests in high heeled pumps can cohabitate.  Now, with  the availability of both  kiln dried IPE lumber & IPE decking you can blur the boundaries of dining alfresco as this timber is equally beautiful indoors and outdoors. And, while you’re entertaining and relaxing in your haven you can do so guilt free as our offering of IPE has been harvested, processed and kiln dried within strict biodiversity guidelines. Brent Heppner, Heppner Hardwoods COO, personally visited the sawmill in the Amazon Rainforest.  From the forest and all through the operations Brent saw best practices in play.With the  integrity of the certification process along with the documentation for the chain of custody (COC) & certified by Rainforest Alliance or other accredited NGO you are assured that responsible is part of the Heppner culture when it comes to global  humanity and  environmental sustainability.

Contact a Heppner Hardwoods sales representative today to learn how to turn inspiration into a rooftop oasis, outdoor kitchen, veranda, outdoor spiral staircase, pagoda garden, portable dance floor, one of a kind entrance doors, windows and oh yes, decks. Click the link to learn more about our Cumaru decking.

Santa Barbara Design House & Gardens 2012

Joanie and Dennis Franz, developers and prominent members of the Santa Barbara community, have planned an exciting collaboration of design and philanthropy set in one of California’s most prestigious neighborhoods – Montecito!

The roughly 6,000 square foot, 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath shingle style estate features an additional 2 bedroom cabana, a long private tree lined drive, swimming pool, covered bocce ball court, pavilion with outdoor fireplace, outdoor gourmet kitchen, and loggia with an additional outdoor wood burning fireplace, and a garage that is every man’s dream!

Heppner Hardwoods, Inc. is proud to be a platinum vendor for the Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens 2012.

Set to open September 13t through October 7th, 2012 to the public. For an opportunity to see this gorgeous home and the beauty of a custom Heppner Hardwood Floor go to www.Santabarbaradesignhouseandgardens.com or www.sbdhg.com and purchase tickets. Proceeds will benefit the Jr. League or Santa Barbara.

Introduction of Cumaru Decking

Heppner Hardwoods is a premier supplier of environmentally friendly  INCADEX Cumaru Decking. 

The Heppner advantage is Incadex, a high quality hardwood decking, which is available in Cumaru, a naturally beautiful tropical specie that is extremely dense and rich in color. Another advantage is that Cumaru is a kiln-dried lumber product, maintenance free and fire resistant. It is also highly resistant to decay, rot, fungi, and to different insects like Marine Wood borers and Termites.  And perhaps the most important advantage is that it has a life span of 25+ years.

Our stock includes 4/4” x 6” and 5/4” x 6” among other sizes. The best part is that Heppner Hardwoods can provide you with all of your decking needs like custom threads and rails. If you can imagine it, Heppner can create it.

Click here to get a quote and request a free sample.

Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM)

Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM)

Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego

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Subcontractor, ISEC, Inc and material supplier, Heppner Hardwoods, Inc. teamed up to help achieve the ultimate in green building, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating, in compliance with UCSD policy.

Project Details:  4/4 – 8/4 FSC® Certified Cumaru 4/4 – 8/4 FSC® Certified Ipe

  • 14,000 Linear Feet of FSC® certified kiln dried Cumaru siding. Cumaru decking planks placed end to end is 38 times the length of a football field

  • 35,000 Linear Feet of kiln dried 8/4 FSC® certified Cumaru sun shades

  • 100 Benches constructed from FSC® certified 8/4 Ipe

  • 125 Trash enclosures constructed from FSC® certified 4/4 Cumaru

36,000 Square Feet, three story high building perched on a bluff overlooking pristine La Jolla Shores Drive coastline, was not exactly welcomed by the local and Green community.  Although the building was well within California Coastal Commission (CCC) mandates, THA Architectural Firm made adjustments to address relevant issues.

  • modified the overall building footprint

  • shifted the position of the building on the site

  • removed all mechanical equipment and exhaust fans from the roof

  • sunk the building further into the site

  • reduced interior ceiling height to the absolute minimum.

In 2010 ISEC approached Heppner with a materials list that called for siding and sun shades manufactured from FSC® certified Ipe.  Heppner consulted with their direct importer, Bozovich Timbers, regarding the availability of FSC® certified Ipe and while it was possible to procure the FSC® Ipe from Bozovich holdings, it was too late in the cutting cycle to get enough IPE, especially the specified 8/4 Ipe. As a result HHI and Bozovich recommended FSC® certified, kiln dried Cumaru.  Through a series of samples and testing, ISEC reached an agreement with THA Architectural and ultimately the FSC® certified Cumaru was approved.

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“Rendered by THA Architectural”

The dedication and first tour of the building was held June 14,2013, which included a presentation by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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