Many manufacturers use manufactured woods like plywood or particleboard to construct their frames. These are often made with formaldehyde-based glues, a carcinogen which can off-gas and also cause allergic reactions.

For all our frames, we use solely kiln-dried Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified solid alder hardwood from the Pacific Northwest. By drying wood in a kiln, most of the moisture in the wood is removed, which prevents warping and bowing. Hardwood, with a higher density than softwood, has better fire resistance, and is harder, stronger, and more durable than softwood

By choosing FSC certified wood, we also ensure that wood comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

For more about our choice to use FSC-certified hardwoods, read our blog here.