Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring
September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT$30 - $40
Join us for our 6th year of touring Hickman Woods!
Join us for a field trip to Emlenton and visit the Hickman Family Hardwood Flooring Forest and Sawmill, the first Pennsylvania company to be FSC certified through the Rainforest Alliance. Spend time in the woods with foresters who will explain sustainable forestry under the FSC guidelines, see the sawmill in operation and visit the flooring plant to gain insight on the difference between rift and quarter sawing while learning about the different local species and options for flooring. Plus, discover what makes Pennsylvania’s forests so special, and so vulnerable.
At the end the day, we’ll head back to the showroom for some great hors d’oeuvres and drinks!
Field Trip Schedule:
1:00 Meet at Showroom (501 Main Street Emlenton, PA 16373 )
The tour group will meet at the showroom first and car-pool to the flooring plant, sawmill and forest, before returning to the showroom for food drinks, and a presentation.
Part 1: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Flooring Plant (4478 Route 38 N Emlenton, PA 16373 )
We’ll begin the day by visiting the custom plant where flooring is manufactured and distributed across the country. Allegheny Mountain Hardwood specializes in Rift & Quarter Sawn White Oak. Tour guests will see examples of the how the grain on a board varies depending on how it’s cut at the sawmill. This is important for the design and stability of the floor.
Part 2: 2:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Sawmill & Forest (4965 Emlenton-Clintonville Rd. Emlenton, PA 16373)
See the sawmill in operation to learn how logs are cut, turned into lumber and kiln dried. Discover why this is the most important factor in quality hardwood. Visit family owned property with a forester to learn about and see first-hand how proper timber management results in higher quality forests.
Part 3: 5:30 – 7:00 – Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring Showroom (501 Main. St. Emlenton, PA 16373)
Presentation, Drinks, and Food: While visiting the showroom, take a look at the finished product first-hand! Enjoy food and drinks during a presentation by Wayne Bender, a Hardwoods Development Specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Wayne will educate guests about the state’s hardwood resources, their various end uses and sustainable attributes, along with threats and sustainability issues faced by our forests.
Who Should Attend: Architects, designers, sustainability consultants, contractors, sustainable material enthusiasts, building owners, and university students.
- Understand forest health and resources.
- Examine life-cycle analysis data showing that American hardwood is carbon neutral, including a study done by universities in Europe in preparation for the required Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s) showing carbon emissions in manufacturing process compared to the carbon sequestration of the carbon.
- Compare the sustainability qualities of hardwood to other building materials.
- Gain an appreciation for local sustainable hardwoods and their positive impact on the environment and the economy.