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"There was a time when master craftsmen signed their work with pride
knowing each furnishing would become a cherished heirloom and antique.
Scottsdale Art Factory carries on this tradition!"
Scottsdale Art Factory Is The Largest Custom Manufacturer Of Fine
Artistic Furniture, Doors, Gates, Lighting and Hardware.
Handmade In America Since 1913
Fine Furnishings Begin With Natural Materials
"We Never (kiln dry) Or Force Dry Our Wood" even-though this process requires a major investment in raw timber and large curing yards and many years of desert air drying we have always made the investment.
We Build Our Fine Art Products From All Species Of Natural Air Dried Semi Hard And Hardwoods.
This Natural Desert Air Drying Process Allows For The Very Best Joinery Results As Well As Drastically Reducing Warping, Bowing And Cracking By A factor Of 10 Over Kiln Drying.This means when your solid wood product re moisturizes to your specific climate indoors or out it has a 98% better chance of none of these undesirable effects occurring to your product. Contrasted to force kiln drying having a more than an 50% probability of these above mentioned negative effects happening over a two to five year process in your climate. Usually well after your limited warrantee has expired.
We Believe The More You Are Educated The Better Choices You Can Make - This USDA Report Will Help You Better Understand Each Wood SpeciesThis is a test by the USDA as tax payers we spent millions of tax dollars on to allow us the facts about the hardness of all natural woods available on the plant used for furniture, doors and flooring. This is made available because our government recognizes the benefit in real timber products verses man made faux building materials and their relationship to a quality life style. It is also to eliminate the miss information in the market place further providing you the proper information to make a informed choice.
This Chart Eliminates A lot Of Miss Information By May So Called Experts
Fact: To Build High Quality Furnishings You Must Start With The Proper Wood Species
Fact: With Out The Proper Solid Woods Mortis And Tenon Joinery Can Not Be Expected To Stand The Test Of Time.
Fact: All High Value Buildings, Fine Art Products, Antiquities, Jewelry Etc. On The Planet Are Made Of Natural Solid Wood, Stone, Gem Stone, Metals Or Precious Metals By The Hands Of Master Craftsman
Thus Making It A Fact : A Society That Does Not Understand Its History Or Does Not Build On It . Can Have No Expectation Of Its Immortality Through Its Heirlooms, Art And Antiquities.Leaving nothing for future generations to build upon or enjoy.
Fact: In This Fast Make It Quick With Glues And Fake Materials Designed To Fit In The Box - Copying The Worlds Fine Art And Antiquities For A Fast Buck Throw Away World - Your Hard Earned Investment Along With Your Families History in Heirlooms Is Being Destroyed One Yard Sale At A Time
By Understanding Natural Wood And Its Relationship To Your Furnishing, Door Or Gate Choice - You Can Take The First Step In Getting Real Value As Well As Insure Your Enjoyment And Investment.
USDA - Janka Hardness Test United States Department Of Agriculture Research Data
The Janka Hardness Test Measures The Hardness Of Wood. It involves measuring the force required to embed a 11.28 millimeter (0.444 inch) steel ball into wood to half its diameter. This method was chosen so that the result would leave an indention 100 square millimeters in size. It is one of the best measures of the ability of a wood species to withstand denting and wear.
It is also a good indicator of how hard a species is to saw or nail. The hardness of wood usually varies with the direction of the wood grain. If testing is done on the surface of a plank, perpendicular to the grain, the test is said to be of "side hardness." Testing the cut surface of a stump would be called a test of "end hardness."
In the United States, the measurement is in pounds-force (lbf). In Sweden it is in kilograms-force (kgf), and in Australia, either in newtons (N) or kilonewtons (kN). Sometimes the results are treated as units, e.g., "660 Janka".
To convert the United States pound-force (lbf) units to newtons N multiply pound-force by 0.453 592 37 then multiply by 9.8. Janka hardness N = (lbf x 0.453 592 37)9.8 OR multiply by 4.44822161526. To get lbf from N, multiply N by 0.224808943099736.
A common use of Janka hardness ratings is to determine whether a species is suitable for use as flooring.
Wood Flooring Species ------------- Janka Hardness (pounds-force)
Lignum Vitae 4500
Brazilian Ebony 3692
Ipe / "Brazilian Walnut" / Lapacho 3684
African Pearlwood / Moabi 3680
Bolivian Cherry 3650
Cumaru / "Brazilian Teak" sometimes: "Brazilian Chestnut," "Tiete Chestnut," "South
American Chestnut," "Southern Chestnut" 3540
Brazilian Redwood / Paraju 3190
Red Mahogany, Turpentine 2697
"Southern Chestnut" 2670
Spotted Gum 2473
Brazilian Cherry / Jatoba 2350
"Golden Teak" 2330
Santos Mahogany, Bocote, Cabreuva 2200
Brazilian Koa 2160
Sucupira sometimes "Brazilian Chestnut," "Tiete Chestnut," "Brazilian Walnut" 2140
Sydney Blue Gum 2023
Goncalo Alves / Tigerwood 1850
Hickory / Pecan, Satinwood 1820
Afzelia / Doussie 1810
African Padauk 1725
Black Locust Robinia_pseudoacacia 1700
Highland Beech 1686
Wenge, Red Pine 1630
True Pine, Timborana 1570
Sapele / Sapelli 1510
Sweet Birch 1470
Hard Maple / Sugar Maple 1450
Caribbean Walnut 1390
Coffee Bean 1390
Natural Bamboo (represents one species) 1380
Australian Cypress 1375
White Oak 1360
Tasmanian Oak 1350
Ribbon Gum 1349
Ash (White) 1320
American Beech 1300
Red Oak (Northern) 1290
Caribbean Heart Pine 1280
Yellow Birch, Iroko Kambala 1260
Heart Pine 1225
"Brazilian Mesquite" / Carapa Guianensis 1220
Carbonized Bamboo (represents one species) 1180
Brazilian Eucalyptus / Rose Gum 1125
Peruvian Walnut 1080
Black Walnut/North American Walnut 1010
Black Cherry, Imbuia 950
Paper Birch 910
Southern Yellow Pine (Longleaf) 870
Lacewood, Leopardwood 840
African Mahogany 830
Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany 800
Southern Yellow Pine (Loblolly and Shortleaf) 690
Douglas Fir 660
Alder (Red) 590
White Pine 420
Eastern White Pine 380
How Hard A Species Of Wood Is Not All You Need To Know - Experience Also Counts. - Mahogany, Pine, Oak, Alder, Barn Or Wormwood As Well As Hardwoods are Available.You may choose to order any items made from mahogany, pine, oak, alder, barn or wormwood, due to the kiln drying process of these materials and their natural instability. Even though these materials usually cost less than the higher quality northern white cedar cypress, we have found over the years that these woods do not hold up or stand the test of time as well as northern white cedar cypress. Therefore we can only offer 12 months conditional warranty against structural failure on these particular woods especially if used for out door exposed products.
Due To Our Direct Forest to Mill Processing, We Offer Northern White Cedar Cypress For Less Than These Lower Priced Woods, Along With Our Guaranteed Forever (no questions asked) Unlimited Guarantee.
When you choose exotic cedar cypress in place of other woods you get a superior product and you save the cutting of live trees and help our planet stay green.We salvage from nature and use every part of the northern cedar tree or Port Orford Cedar,. Northern white cedar is not only a stronger wood it is also one of mother nature's most beautiful woods with the natural grains and knots as well as the fact that it is naturally impervious to elements such as moisture and wood rot. We consider the natural imperfections or distress markings to be artistic and interesting.
We create no waste products that add to the world's landfills.The last cuts of all of our wood are used to build bird houses, feeders and other garden items and sold with most of these proceeds donated to green planet non-profit organizations that aid in replanting the forest and other keep our planet projects. Also, Scottsdale Art Factory uses these projects to help train the next generation of master craftsman. Since most of our wood is North-woods American cedar, we chip what is left to be used as walk ways, road beds and garden cedar chips. The sawdust is all that is left and this is then put back to mulch the forest floor.
When you purchase an entry system or windows from Scottsdale Art Factory you are choosing the most energy saving thermal effective products available in the world.
We have always been earth friendly and all our finishes are water based and ecologically correct.
More About Our Eco Friendly Process and important details on our timber process.
All wood products are made from genuine solid timber and are hand hewn, Joined and doweled "The Old Fashioned Way" by the hands of our American Master Craftsman In the United States Of America.
Great North Woods Forest 1928
This Old Growth Tree Was Never Cut Down - Only A Photo Opportunity - Our Old Growth Timber Is Acquired Only When Mother Nature Makes It Available Through Peril, Storm, Natural Erosion, or Fire.
Scottsdale Art Factory L.L.C. Offers Solid Wood Construction. When you order custom wood furnishings, doors, gates, built in cabinets and other wood products you can expect superior quality and service. When we say a table top is 3" thick, we mean it is solid wood, 3" thick ( not 3/4" of surface material and a 2 1/4" of boarder trim board to make it appear thicker). This method of solid construction is present in all our items and styles. This allows us to offer the only handmade, custom furniture and decorative accessory line with a "Guaranteed Forever" warranty. A guarantee is backed by nine decades as an experienced national U.S. manufacturer.
Our Materials Are Processed And Finished To Achieve Genuine Authenticity. Each item produced by Scottsdale Art Factory L.L.C. is artistically designed from an original handmade work of art and combined with the craftsmanship of a master craftsman, making it a unique work of usable, collectable art. In order to achieve certain old patina appearances on the first day, the thickness of woods and types of joining required are pre-designed for each piece. In some cases, the material used is specially treated or expanded prior to assembly in order to allow for shrinkage after assembly. This creates an aged planking appearance and irregular natural warping or cracking normally found in old, authentic handcrafted furnishings. This process does not reduce the value of each piece because all we have done is sped up the aging process. Not applied fake or faux finishes to achieve this look.
All Our Timber Is Milled And Naturally Dessert Air Dried And Cured At S.A.F. we have the ability to create solid slab tops and can tightly fit any design into a more conventional modern day style, simply specify when ordering. We can also create solid lumber as thin as 1/8" to as thick as 12“ without lamination to fit any special design requirements.
We at Scottsdale Art Factory are precise in our use of spacing, planking, cracked woods, pegging, and hand carving. We never beat up our wood with hammers and chains to achieve the imperfections that create a rustic look. The natural imperfections present in each piece are natural and are intentional. We believe these natural imperfections enhance each item and add artistic appeal while retaining their structural integrity.
All Our Timber Is Naturally Air Dried On The Desert Floor (no forced air kiln drying).Our exotic woods are naturally air dried on the desert floor for at least 12 months to less than 4% moisture content. Our old growth woods cure and dry sometimes as much as 5 years or more. We never kiln or force dry our wood. Force drying allows pockets of moisture that later can cause warping, bowing and cracking after the product is manufactured. Sometimes kiln dried woods will dry as much as 25% after the product is delivered to your home and climate. The out come of kiln drying is usually never favorable.
Natural Air Dried Northern White Cedar Means Structurally Guarantee "Forever" No Questions Ask
this simply means if your product warps, bows, splits or cracks when it re-moisturizes in your climate and becomes structurally breeched we will rebuild or replace you product at no charge to you.
OLd Saw Mill 1950 - Young Artist H J Nick And His CEO Mother.
Let's Talk Wood
Exotic northern white cedar is rarely used by most manufacturers because of its cost versus the much lower cost of pine (barn wood), oak, alder or worm wood. Cedar is mother natures most beautiful and versatile wood, naturally impervious to insects and the elements.
If you prefer your furniture or doors etc. truly rustic with the natural divots, soft moisture incursions, additional knots and the distress of the inner core wood, we will cut from the oldest part of the tree or core¯. This natural capillary system (where the tree stores water as it ages) when exposed, possesses a character unmatched by any man made material. Since the holes and distress are natural in the core wood of the tree, they are structural - unlike worm wood, where the worms have destroyed the natural structure by eating the tree. Cedar can be kept outdoors in any climate without treatment. This type of cedar is rot and insect proof naturally in nature.
Northern White Cedar can also be cut from other areas of the natural tree and stained to look like pine (barn wood), oak, alder or worm wood. It can be sand blasted, grain raised or rough sawn to create almost any style of distress desired. We can also cut in ares of this tree with little or no distress allowing you to order your desired natural wood appearance.
Northern White Cedar should not be confused with red aromatic cedar. Even though all cedar has the same basic natural qualities, the white cedar used in our hand crafted furnishings and doors is virtually odorless. Exotic northern white cedar is the main reason we can offer our Guaranteed Forever warranty.
Some Family History We Would Like To Shareit is well known within our company and the Marbella Family that the founders were perfectionists. They were never satisfied with good and good enough. When the Marbella brothers first ventured out on their own they were never satisfied with the common woods that were available and accepted by most master wood crafters as the materials used to make fine furniture in their day. Always being unsatisfied they began looking for what everyone in the industry told them was a impossible task. In fact no one hand found a better or new natural material that could be used to make fine furniture in over 100 years.
"The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer"This was the Marbella brothers motto the rest is history. This motto is the heart and operating creed of H.J. Nick and Scottsdale Art Factory on every creative process to this day.
It All Begins When They Hear Woodsmen Tell of Having Seen Stumps and Trunks of Trees Lying On The Ground, Cut With Obsidian (stone) Axes, that carbon date back Nine Hundred Years.
As they searched they began to listen to the stories told by woodsmen and other persons native to the national woodlands. These stories began in Row Mesa, New Mexico an area that has been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. Woodsmen tell of having seen stumps and trunks of trees lying on the ground, cut with obsidian (stone) axes, that carbon date back six to nine hundred years or more. These cedar logs can be milled into usable material after hundreds of years of lying on the ground. Stories about the tall stands of cedar come from as far and wide as the Great North Woods.
They began asking , where is all this timber being used?¯ It turns out it was not being used because the established hardwood furniture craftsman of the day thumbed their noses at it simply because the center core was full of natural holes from the large natural capillary system.
After much trial and error it became apparent that white cedar was the solution - but one problem remained. How do we get a ready supply of this raw material if it is not available cured and ready for milling? They came up with a feasible plan: desert air-drying. This would require locating huge quantities of this material cut at least two years in advance then milling from the two year old end of the supply line.
This would require a large investment and a process would have to be developed to off set this cost. Over many years Scottsdale Art Factory L.L.C. has perfected and protected this eco-friendly process. We acquire what the industry thought was not worthy of top quality craftsmanship to create the finest quality furniture, cabinets, doors, gates, etc. found any were in the world today.
We feel the founders were right "The Impossible Does Take A Little Longer" and many of our customers agree it was worth the wait.
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