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The use of wood as a material for building wooden structures such as homes, furniture, boats and other items is older than written history itself. Timbers are relatively easy to find, easy to work with and often very durable as well. Timber and lumber come in many varieties; each with different qualities that make them suitable for a vast range of tasks.

Among the factors that make wood excellent for such purposes as construction is timber’s high ratio of strength to weight. It works well as an insulation material against both heat and sound. When it comes to furniture-making and interior decor, timbers come in multiple colors and grain patterns that can make it visually appealing in many wooden structures such as cabin rentals. The words timber and lumber are often used interchangeably, though in some cases timber is used to refer specifically to wood that has not be processed for commercial use and which may still have its bark.

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  In timber and lumber industry, most wood is put into two separate categories – softwood and hardwood. While both categories of timber can be taken at verbatim and their properties such as texture and strength can be linked to its original classification terminology, the difference doesn’t end there. In fact, the timbers known as hardwood trees are usually deciduous, which means that they usually grow in cooler climates and have leaves which are shed once a year.

On the other hand, for the most part, softwoods are evergreen, in which case such timbers keep their leaves or needles throughout the winter. Most of the construction timber and lumber produced in the world comes from softwood trees. Hardwoods are often used for flooring, furniture and paneling. Softwoods are often used for everything from framing in construction of cabin rentals to doors, planks and shingles.

 
 

Harvesting Timbers

Prior to harvest, the trees in a particular area will be inspected by the foresters in order to determine whether or not they are ready to be felled. This is done with the intention of preserving the woodlands and green life that they contain as a resource for future logging. Harvesting timbers involves felling trees, meaning to sever the trunks from the stumps. The trees are cut down with chainsaws or with the use of heavy equipment such as feller bunchers or mechanical fellers. These are pieces of heavy equipment with circular saw blades or chainsaws attached specifically designed for wood harvesting operations.

They may have extended arms allowing them to get to trees that may otherwise be difficult to reach. The logger will plan the felling in such a way as to minimize damage done to other trees in the vicinity that are not yet ready for wood production purposes. After being felled, the limbs and the tops of the timbers will then be cut off for easier transportation. The use of heavy equipment like feller bunchers for harvesting timber is called “mechanized logging” and is a growing trend in the logging industry.

 
     
 
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