Real American Hardwood Coalition and Gutchess Lumber: Global Build Your World Campaign

Gutchess Lumber is a Real American Hardwood Coalition member and has proudly joined forces to share the global Build Your World campaign. Through the Build Your World campaign, the lumber industry is showing how Real American Hardwood products offer unmatched aesthetics, natural durability, and lasting value—as well as why they are healthier for our homes and environment.



The purpose of the campaign is to encourage our customers and our customers’ customers to unleash their inner architect. They can use the design hub to craft the world of their dreams from the perfect hardwood species. Users can choose their settings to explore countless hardwood options, embrace sustainability, and indulge in the beauty of authentic hardwood. A few of the hardwood species featured in the design hub include Ash hardwood, Poplar hardwood, Red Oak hardwood, and White Oak hardwood, all Northern species we manufacture at Gutchess Lumber.


Build Your World with White Ash Hardwood

White Ash hardwood is a species that could be extinct in the near future. Because of this, Ash lumber will be a coveted commodity. Get to know the hardwood species more below:

Ash Lumber Overview

The sapwood is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from grayish or light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a coarse uniform texture. The degree and availability of light-colored sapwood, and other properties, will vary according to the growing regions.

Ash Lumber Physical Characteristics

Ash machines well, is good in nailing, screwing and gluing, and can be stained to a very good finish. It dries fairly easily with minimal degrade, and there is little movement in performance.

Ash Lumber Usage

Ash hardwood can be used in a variety of applications. It is particularly suitable for food and liquid containers since there is no odor or taste. Other ways Ash hardwood can be used includes:

  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Doors
  • Architectural millwork and moulding
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Paneling
  • Tool handles
  • Baseball bats
  • Sporting equipment
  • Turnings


Build Your World with Poplar Hardwood

Gutchess Lumber harvests White Poplar lumber from prime timberland in the northern Appalachian region of Pennsylvania. Because of our dedication to the environment and sustainability, we only harvest standing timber near our manufacturing facilities across New York and Pennsylvania.

Poplar Lumber Overview

The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, and the heartwood varies from pale yellowish-brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown. The wood has a medium-to-fine texture and is straight-grained.

Poplar Lumber Physical Characteristics

Poplar is a medium-density wood with low-bending, shock resistance, stiffness, and compression values. It has a medium steam-bending classification.

Poplar Lumber Usage

Poplar hardwood is used from furniture to mouldings. Here is a list of how Poplar lumber can be used in application:

  • Light construction
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Doors
  • Paneling
  • Moulding and millwork
  • Edge-glued panels
  • Turnings
  • Carvings


To learn more about Gutchess Lumber’s hardwood species, check out our full lineup of real American hardwood products here.

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How to Find a Reliable Hardwood Lumber Manufacturer in the USA

When it comes to finding reliable hardwood lumber manufacturers in the United States of America, there are some things you need to consider. Quality and reputation are essential, as is a long track record of success. You must also look for customer reviews from domestic and international customers and membership in trade associations like the American Hardwood Export Council and National Hardwood Lumber Association. Let’s take a closer look at what you should be looking for when it comes to finding a reliable hardwood lumber manufacturer.

Hardwood lumber manufacturing experience

Experience matters when looking for a reliable hardwood lumber manufacturer in the USA. Look for those with a long track record of success and who have been around for at least 100 years. Gutchess Lumber has been around since 1904. Gutchess Lumber has nearly 120 years of experience manufacturing hardwood lumber in the USA, specifically in the Northeastern region of the United States. Check out the about page on Gutchess Lumber’s website or call directly for more information about their history and reliable manufacturing capabilities in New York and Pennsylvania.

Read customer reviews

It’s also important to read customer reviews from both domestic and international customers, depending on your location. This will help you gauge people’s satisfaction with their product or service. If you are an international buyer looking for a reliable hardwood lumber manufacturer, shipping times can be a huge factor in your decision. Gutchess Lumber is known for its reliability when it comes to shipping times. Here are a couple of reviews from Gutchess Lumber customers.

“We have been trading with Gutchess Lumber for at least 20 years. They have always been reliable, straight-forward and their quality always meets expectations. Gutchess Lumber has always delivered on time, as per their contracts and their staff responsible for documentation are very thorough, ensuring that we never have any problems with the import process. We have no hesitation in advising that Gutchess Lumber is an honourable company.”
Hardwood Distributer, United Kingdom customer
“We purchase from Gutchess because we know the quality of the material is going to be high quality at a reasonable price, and the customer service is going to be at a high level. You always come through on your promises, and that gives us a great deal of confidence when ordering! We have had lots of issues with poor quality material arriving from other vendors in the past, and we know that we don’t need to worry about this from Gutchess.”
Commercial Furniture Manufacturer, USA

Check hardwood lumber manufacturing associations

Another good way to find reliable hardwood lumber manufacturers in the USA is by seeing if they are members of groups like the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). These organizations provide tools for you to look up their members to verify membership. While any company can say on its website they are a member of a hardwood lumber association, it’s always best to check. For example, use AHEC’s member lookup tool by searching “Gutchess Lumber,” you will see they are a verified member. You can also use this tool to search specifically for hardwood lumber manufacturers in the USA. Being a member of these organizations shows that Gutchess Lumber is committed to providing its customers with quality products while adhering to industry standards.

For more than a century, the Gutchess Lumber name has been synonymous with hardwood lumber manufacturing excellence in the USA. The employee-owned and family-led business is renowned for its commitment to combining high-quality hardwood and outstanding service, leading customers from all over the globe to rely on Gutchess Lumber as their source of hardwood. With extensive expertise and years of reliable hardwood inventories, “Be sure it’s Gutchess” is the gold standard tagline known worldwide.

In conclusion, finding a reliable hardwood lumber manufacturer in the USA can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. By researching their longevity in business and reading customer reviews both domestically and internationally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve chosen the right company for your hardwood needs. Additionally, ensure any potential company is a member of reputable industry organizations like AHEC or NHLA so that you know they follow industry best practices when producing high-quality lumber products with superior craftsmanship. With these tips in mind, you can rest assured that your hardwood needs will be met with an experienced partner who takes pride in delivering quality products year after year.

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Why You Should Sell Your Timberland, Standing Timber, and Logs to Gutchess Lumber

Do you own timberland, timber, or logs that you’re looking to sell? If so, you may be wondering whether it’s better to sell the land itself, the standing timber, or just some of the logs. The answer depends on a number of factors, including the type of timberland you have, your financial goals, and the current market conditions. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three different options for selling timberland, timber, and logs and help you decide which one is right for you.

Selling Timberland

If you own timberland that you’re looking to sell, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to understand that selling timberland is not the same as selling other types of property. When you sell timberland, you’re not just selling the land itself; you’re also selling the trees on the land. That’s why it’s important to consult with a forestry expert before putting your timberland on the market. They can help you determine the value of your timberland and advise you on the best way to sell it.

Selling Standing Timber

If you own timberland but don’t want to go through the hassle of selling it, another option is to sell the standing timber on your land. This means that you would sell the trees but not the land itself. One advantage of this approach is that it’s usually quicker than selling timberland since there’s no need to find a buyer for the land itself.

Another advantage is that it allows you to continue owning and using your land while also earning income from it. However, there are some disadvantages to this approach as well. First, if you sell your standing timber without also selling your land, you may be subject to higher taxes on the sale since it will be considered income rather than capital gains.

Selling Hardwood Logs

The third option for selling your timberland is logging—or more specifically, selective logging. This involves allowing a logging company onto your property to harvest some of the trees while leaving others behind. The advantages of this approach are similar to those of selling standing timber: it’s usually quicker than selling all of your timberland and allows you to continue using and enjoying your property while also earning income from it. The downside is finding a logging company to make sure the job is done right.

So should you sell your timberland, standing timber, or logs? An advantage of all three options is that they can actually improve the long-term health of the forest by thinning out overcrowded trees and promoting new growth. This is commonly referred to as natural forest regeneration, a practice our forestry team leverages through the programs they build with individual landowners across the northeast. By selling, you would be contributing to the health of the environment while also earning income. At Gutchess Lumber, we offer professional forest management programs that maximize your long-term returns if you are on the market to sell your timberland, timber, or logs. Click here to get in touch with a forester to learn more today.

Tour at Gutchess Lumber Latrobe location

The Power of Biomass Heating at Gutchess Lumber’s Latrobe, Pennsylvania Location

At Gutchess Lumber, we know a thing or two about wood. After all, we’ve been in the hardwood lumber business for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve learned a few things about what it takes to produce high-quality lumber. One of the most important aspects of our operation at our Latrobe, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility is our biomass heating system.

Our renewable heating method uses plant-based material, specifically wood chips, to create heat in our kilns. At Gutchess Lumber, we strive to use every part of the tree to ensure none goes to waste. This system has numerous benefits and puts wood chips and dust to use. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of our biomass heating operation.

The Gutchess Lumber Biomass Heating System

Gutchess Lumber uses biomass combustion to heat kilns that dry various hardwood products. The system consists of a biomass boiler that burns wood chips to generate steam. The Latrobe biomass boilers consume about 30 tons of wood chips per day to produce about 215,000 pounds of steam. The wood chips used in the system are by-products of our manufacturing process.

The Benefits of Biomass Heating

There are numerous advantages to using biomass combustion to heat hardwood kilns. First and foremost, it’s a renewable heating source that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels. It is arguably the more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. This means that it’s an environmentally-friendly option that also helps to reduce our carbon footprint, as it is believed to result in lower CO2 emissions.

Penn State Extension in Westmoreland County visited Gutchess Lumber’s Latrobe location to see and learn about our biomass heating operation. In the group touring was Gary Musgrave who was studying market and pricing barriers in the biofuel industry at the time. He also wrote a follow-up article in the Penn State Extension News.

“The tour proved to be an eye-opening example of how renewable biomass can provide cost-effective heat for industrial applications,” Gary said.

At Gutchess Lumber, we’re proud to be at the forefront of responsible hardwood lumber production. Our biomass heating system is just one example of how we’re working to reduce our environmental impact and create a product that our customers can feel good about. If you’re thinking about switching to a responsible hardwood lumber manufacturer, we encourage you to contact a sales representative today to learn more about how we can help you make the transition.

Current Stock List

You can view our current list of kiln dried inventory here:

FSC Certificate

Gutchess Lumber is proud to offer lumber products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Forest Stewardship Council Certificate

Wood is Good

For over a century Gutchess Lumber has adhered to sustainable forestry practices. Today there are more hardwood forests in New York and Pennsylvania then before our start in 1904. Wood is renewable and nature’s most environmentally friendly raw material.

This excellent video by The Danish Wood Initiative highlights the many ways that Wood is Good!