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For the Birds: A Forest Walk at Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Hoffman Reserve

Join Hull Forest Products forester Chris Casadei for a two-hour guided tour of Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Hoffman Reserve on Saturday October 17, 2020 at 10 am. Participants will view and discuss recent forest management activity designed to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. Tour areas of softwood plantation as well as native forest cover types, some managed and some untouched. Ample roadside parking is available and leashed dogs are welcome to join the hike. The location is across the street from 578 North Stonington Road, Stonington, CT. Please register in advance by emailing info@hullforest.com. Participants are also asked to wear masks and practice social distancing on the hike. This tour is sponsored by Hull Forest Products and is part of The Last Green Valley’s Walktober series of events. Hope to see you there!

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The Hull Forest Guide to Styles of Wide Plank Flooring

By Mary Hull

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White oak quarter and rift sawn solid wood flooring from Hull Forest Products in a Catskills timber frame home.
Photo credit: @grossanddaley

We custom mill all kinds of hardwood and pine wide plank floors to fit your look and unique style -whether the place you call home is a vintage farmhouse, a brand new home, or an urban apartment, we can make you the perfect floor. Use this style guide to inspire ideas for your next project.

Rustic

Wood with rustic character works well for a variety of spaces – it is a natural fit for log and timber homes, and it’s also great in modern interiors where it serves as the perfect foil for white spaces and sleek surfaces like glass, metal, and tile.

  • Wood floors are an essential design element, comprising the largest visible surface area in your home. Think of them as functional art.
  • Wide and long plank floors create a clean visual line because there are fewer visible seams on the floor. In contrast, shorter and narrower planks create a patchwork effect.
  • Wood with natural character adds a warm, organic element to any interior.
  • Our best selling rustic wood floors are in the natural character grades of live sawn white oak, ash, hickory, maple, and birch. Some people may think of character marks as imperfections, but we think they make the most interesting and beautiful wood floors.

Modern to Contemporary

From mid-century modern to the present day and future, if your interior is informed by modernism, we have some ideas for wood floors that will complement your style.

  • Planks of equal width lend a modern air compared to random width planks, which are associated with early homes and traditional milling techniques.
  • Long planks enhance flow in open floor plans, particularly when the same species and color is used throughout.
  • The angular lines of rift sawn white oak make it a popular choice for modern interiors. We also see our wide plain sawn white oak, red oak, ash, and maple going into modern and contemporary spaces.

Traditional

Have a vintage home? We can make floors to mimic historic milling techniques, and our random width /random length wide plank floors evoke an earlier time.

  • It doesn’t get any more traditional than old fashioned solid wood plank flooring.
  • Long and wide planks & random widths are associated with historic homes. In the old days, when all logs were sawn locally, people used the entire resource as it came off the log, and they would not have had floors that were all one width, or even all one grade. Rather, they had boards in a mix of grades.
  • We see a lot of our random width flooring, especially live sawn white oak, select red oak, and eastern white pine, going into antique, reproduction, and farmhouse style homes. Because these floors are each a mix of several grades and available in a wide range of widths, they are a good fit for a vintage look.

Classic to Transitional

Classic tried and true hardwood flooring enhances your home’s resale value, works with a wide variety of decorating styles, and will look just as timeless in the future as it does today. The transitional style is a classic look that appeals to those seeking middle ground – it is less formal than traditional style and less austere than contemporary style. Transitional style takes elements from the past and the present and mixes them together for a clean aesthetic that prioritizes comfort.

  • Red oak is a classic choice, available in select, premium, and natural grades with plank widths from 3-14 inches and very long plank lengths of 4-10 feet with an average plank length of 7+ feet. Red oak takes stain easily, allowing for a wide range of finish tones, and is less expensive than white oak. Red Oak is also rapidly renewable, making it one of the most environmentally conscious woods you can choose.
  • White oak is another classic choice, available plain sawn, live sawn, or quarter/rift sawn.
  • We see a lot of our select and premium grades of red oak, white oak , ash, and maple going into transitional style homes. When the design leans toward a farmhouse vibe, live sawn white oak is also a popular choice.

Browse more of our flooring photos to get inspired. Ready for your customized quote? Click below or call us at 1-800-928-9602 .

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Red Oak Flooring – Durable, Classic, and Rapidly Renewable

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Red Oak makes a durable, beautiful , and classic kitchen wood floor. Shown here in the quarter and rift sawn cut, select grade. Floor #317. Photo credit: Otto/Pete Aaron for RAMSA Architects.

Red Oak flooring is beautiful and durable, and Red Oak trees are the dominant hardwood species in the United States. Red Oak is also the the most rapidly renewable of all the American hardwoods: it takes U.S. forests just .57 seconds to grow one cubic meter of red oak! (That’s less time than it just took you to read these first two sentences.) Red Oaks do not grow in plantations – they grow naturally in forests throughout the eastern United States. If you are looking for a highly sustainable wood, there is no better choice than Red Oak.

Flatsawn (also known as plainsawn) Red Oak select grade wide plank flooring with Minwax Early American stain applied, floor #357, Norwich, CT.

Red Oaks are named for the color their leaves turn in fall. The wood itself has a distinctive grain and is exceptionally strong and durable. The sapwood is light brown and the heartwood is often, but not always, pinkish to reddish brown. American Red Oak takes stain and finish very well, making it a popular choice for flooring and furniture making.

Side by side, you can see the difference in appearance between these two unfinished flatsawn boards of Red Oak (left) and White Oak (right). The rays (the little dark brown streaks running with the grain) are shorter and less noticeable on Red Oak, whereas the rays in White Oak tend to be longer and more prominent.

There are significant regional differences to Red Oak. At Hull Forest Products we use northern Red Oak grown in New England within 100 miles of our sawmill. Because of the colder temperatures, Northern Red Oak grows slowly, giving it closer, tighter growth rings, finer grain, and a lighter and more consistent color.

A Northern Red Oak log sawn on our double cut bandmill reveals tight clear grain and consistent color.

Red Oak flooring is just as durable and beautiful as White Oak, but because it is so much more abundant, Red Oak is less expensive, making it a great option for those seeking solid wood flooring at a wallet-friendly price.

Learn more about grades and cuts of red oak flooring

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Logging, Forest Management & Land Clearing for Woodland Owners in CT, MA, and RI

Are you interested in logging, forest management, or land clearing? We’ve been providing forestry services for landowners in CT, MA, and RI for over 55 years, and our work has earned us awards from the EPA and the Sand County Foundation. We can help you achieve your objectives.

Our state-licensed foresters work with landowners in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island as well as southern New Hampshire and Vermont and eastern New York to help them manage their forest resources.

Whether your goals are to improve the long-term health of your forest, conduct a timber harvest, convert forestland to open land, increase recreational access to your property, enhance wildlife habitat, generate income, or a combination of these, we can help!

Contact our forestry department today to learn more about our forestry services at (860) 974-0127 extension 4, or email us at info@hullforest.com

Read reviews from our logging, land clearing, and forest management clients.

When we conduct a timber harvest, the wood is used locally at or mill to make a wide variety of products.

Contact us today 1-860-974-0127 extension 4 , or email info@hullforest.com

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Board Edge Profiles

Edge profiles or treatments refer to the amount of “reveal” on the edge of each floor board. At Hull Forest Products, we can customize the edge profile of your wood flooring or paneling. We have a variety of edge profiles for you to choose from, and while the square (snug) edge is always the most popular option for unfinished floors, there are times when you might want (or need) to choose a different style. (Please note that for the sake of making the edge profiles visually clearer, the photos below do not show endmatched board ends; however, our flooring is endmatched unless otherwise requested). Read on to learn more:

A Square edge profile. The boards abut one another snugly.

The square edge profile is the most common edge profile for floors that will be finished on-site. With a square edge, the floorboards fit flush together, creating a completely flat surface. The floor boards abut one another snugly- there is no groove where the boards join together on the floor. The square edge profile is only available on floors that will be site sanded and finished.

The beveled edge, available as a microbevel or a larger bevel. A beveled edge is necessary on prefinished floors as it allows the floorboards to be installed without sanding.

A beveled edge is necessary on all four sides of the planks of any prefinished floors, as this allows the floor boards to be installed without sanding, accounting for any variation in milling tolerances. A micro-beveled edge is the smallest beveled edge available and will compensate for any minor differences in the thicknesses of the flooring boards, helping to make a smoother transition from one board to another. Because there is a tiny bevel, this can be felt when walking on the floor and the groove is capable of catching dust. A beveled edge also adds a subtle visual outline to the edge of each plank.

A V-match edge creates a deeper bevel, most often seen on wall paneling.

A classic for wall and ceiling paneling, a v-match or v-groove edge creates the look of a chamfered edge, where the edges of two adjoining boards slope downward toward the tongue.

A shiplap edge allows two boards to overlap via a rabbet cut into the opposite edges of the boards.

A shiplap edge is a traditional method of joining two boards that allows the profile of each board to partially overlap that of the board next to it, creating a channel that provides for weather protection and allows for some dimensional movement.

Other profiles not pictured above that we can do are beaded edge, bullnose edge, cove, and quarter round, which are popular on shoe or base molding. We can also make base molding to match your wood flooring. Give us a call today and let us know what you need. (800) 928-9602.

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Hull Timbers Help Restore Tilden House

The circa 1725 David and Abigail Tilden House, Canton, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Canton Historical Society.

When the Historical Society of Canton, Massachusetts set out to restore the town’s circa 1725 David and Abigail Tilden House, they turned to hardwood sawmill Hull Forest Products for white oak timbers that could be used to replace rotted structural members in the first-period building.

Delivery day for a second shipment of white oak timbers from Hull Forest Products.

Hull Forest Products arranged the harvest of the white oak trees (from southern New England) and milled them into timbers that the preservation carpentry team at Tilden House could use to sister the old beams and replace the worn out timber sill.

The new white oak timber sill in place at Tilden House.
New meets old as new oak posts and beams are cut to join with extant parts of the orignial frame.

Hull Forest Products was excited to play a role in the preservation of the structure. Canton Historical Society has plans to use the restored house as a living history museum and study house to understand early construction techniques. You can learn more about the project at tildenhouse.org

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Bill Hull & Hull Forest Products Receive Aldo Leopold Conservation Award

Bill Hull of Hull Forest Products received the 2019 Aldo Leopold Award for conserving working forests in the Northeast.

Hull Forest Products and Hull Forest Products founder Bill Hull are the first New England recipients of the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award. Presented by the Sand County Foundation, New England Forestry Foundation, and American Farmland Trust, the award recognized outstanding achievement in the voluntary conservation of natural resources by American foresters, farmers, and ranchers.

Bill Hull showed an affinity for trees in his childhood Rhode Island backyard. By the age of 15 he convinced a local farmer to lend him the money to purchase a forest. He paid off the loan (with interest) two years later, and was on his way to becoming one of New England’s leading foresters.

While earning a forestry degree at the University of New Hampshire, Hull got his start in the lumber business sawing white oaks into barrel staves on an old-fashioned circular sawmill. Despite market downturns and collapses, bankruptcy scares, and several devastating fires, he bootstrapped a tiny business into the largest sawmill in southern New England. Today, Hull Forest Products manufactures more than 10 million board feet of lumber into sustainable building materials each year, including wood flooring sold mill-direct to the public.

With a business dependent on healthy, productive forests, he launched a woodland management division staffed with licensed foresters to help other landowners keep their woodlands intact by providing them a viable financial return.

He’s acquired more than 27,000 acres of forestland with a single-minded dedication for conserving working forests that provide bird and wildlife habitat and biodiversity across New England. In addition, Hull Forest Products manages thousands of acres of client woodlands in the Northeast, helping landowners grow value in their woods while keeping their forests as forests.

Hull Forest Products, which employs 80 people, is a family of forestland owner-investors working in the combined fields of forest management, timber harvesting, and wood products manufacturing and marketing.

Hull credits his rural background with teaching him that growing and harvesting trees helps the environment through increased wildlife habitat, improved air and water quality, and carbon sequestration. He has voluntarily placed conservation easements on 90 percent of his southern New England forests.

The Hull family has permanently protected 27,740 acres of forestland through Hull Forestlands, much of which is FSC-certified. By removing the possibility of development, it ensures that working forests will remain a source of timber for generations to come. These unique and environmentally important landscapes are home to wetlands, streams, and forests that sustain drinking water supplies for urban areas, and provide habitat for migratory waterfowl.

In 2000, Hull Forestlands participated in the largest private land protection project in Massachusetts history by permanently preserving more than 8,000 acres of working forestland. The Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs hailed the innovative project that spread across five watersheds in Massachusetts and Connecticut as a “regional model for innovative conservation of natural resources.”

“Bill Hull has been protecting and sustainably managing New England’s forests for decades, and New England Forestry Foundation is thrilled to recognize his tireless work with the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Bob Perschel, Executive Director of New England Forestry Foundation. “Over the decades, Bill has helped break new ground be introducing conservation methods like large-scale conservation easements, and he remains a key partner in our efforts to achieve a region-wide vision of forest protection and responsible management.”

“Bill Hull exemplifies the ideals of Aldo Leopold. His commitment to his industry, land conservation, community, and to the land on which he has built his legacy make him an ideal recipient of New England’s first Leopold Conservation Award,” said Nathan W. L’Etoile, New England Director of American Farmland Trust. “Like Bill, thousands of farmers, foresters, and forestland owners are working every day to protect land, provide clean water and air, combat climate change and produce safe, wholesome, high quality food and fiber for their communities.”

“Leopold Conservation Award recipients are at the forefront of a movement by America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters to simultaneously achieve economic and environmental success,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President and CEO.

The New England Leopold Conservation Award is made possible through the generous support of New England Forestry Foundation, American Farmland Trust-New England, The John Merck Fund, The Ida and Robert Gordon Family Foundation, Wildlands and Woodlands, Whole Foods Market, David and Ann Ingram, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for conservation on private land, created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional foresters, ranchers and farmers. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac; Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. He wrote it was “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.

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2019 Sawmill Tour at Hull Forest Products

Join us for our sawmill tour! Connecticut’s largest sawmill, Hull Forest Products, will host free sawmill tours of its forest products manufacturing facility in Pomfret Center, CT on Saturday October 19, 2019 from 8 am to 2 pm. Learn about forest management, timber harvesting, and wood manufacturing, and watch as local timber is transformed into finished products before your eyes. Observe the forest-to-floor process and develop a greater understanding of where local wood products come from and how they are made. Participants will also learn how using local wood helps conserve local forests.

This is a great “how it’s made” tour for all ages, free and open to the public, offered in conjunction with The Last Green Valley’s Walktober.

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View of the Hull Forest Products sawmill, located in Pomfret, CT.

Where: Hull Forest Products, 101 Hampton Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8 am to 2 pm.

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Wide Plank Wood Flooring Sawn Locally in CT – A New England Tradition

Hull Forest Products of Pomfret, Connecticut, has been making traditional wide plank wood flooring since the family sawmill got its start in New England over 54 years ago.  The company began as a tiny backyard mill and evolved  to become the largest sawmill in Connecticut, manufacturing over 10 million board feet of forest products each year.

View of the Hull Forest Products sawmill today, located in Pomfret, CT.

Today thousands of homes and buildings in New England and beyond, including storied institutions like Yale and Harvard,  feature custom wide plank wood flooring from this third generation family-run sawmill.

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Hull Forest Products made custom wide plank wood floors for Yale University’s newest residential colleges,  including flooring for the head of college houses. Photo credit: Otto/Pete Aaron for RAMSA Architects.

Wide Plank Wood Flooring Made With Sustainable Local Timber

Made with sustainable local timber coming from family forests in New England, Hull wide plank wood flooring adds beauty to your home and gives you the satisfaction of knowing where your wood comes from. The woodland management division of Hull Forest Products stewards over 50,000 acres of New England forests, providing long-term forest management to landowners and helping them keep their forests as forests.

Hull Forest Products has earned an Environmental Merit Award from the EPA for its role in helping to conserve the region’s working woodlands. When you choose a Hull wood floor, you are helping to conserve forests in the United States.

Dormitories and common areas at Yale’s Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray colleges feature Hull Forest Products flooring. Photo credit: Otto/Pete Aaron for RAMSA Architects.

Mill-Direct Wide Plank Wood Flooring – Lifetime Quality Guarantee

Hull Forest Products specializes in long and wide plank wood floors and custom matching stair components – all products are made to last for generations, and customers receive a lifetime quality guarantee.  Wood products are sold mill-direct to the public with nationwide shipping.

Shop the company’s  custom wide plank floors at hullforest.com  or visit the Hull Forest Products wood flooring showroom at 101 Hampton Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 (open daily 8-4, nights/weekends by appointment)  1-800-928-9602.

Hull siblings and business partners at the family sawmill.
Hull siblings Sam, Mary, and Ben (shown at the Hull Forest Products sawmill in Pomfret, CT)  carry the family business forward today.

 

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Hull Forest Products Makes Forest-to-Floor Wood Floors for Yale University

Hull Forest Products made custom Red Oak rift and quartersawn wood flooring for the new Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin residential colleges at Yale University in New Haven. Photo copyright Peter Aaron/Otto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

When Yale University new residential colleges architect Robert A.M. Stern  specified rift and quartersawn Red Oak floors from Yale’s own university forests,  Hull Forest Products  made that dream a reality.

Dorm rooms at Yale’s new residential colleges feature Hull Forest Products flooring! Photo credit: Peter Aaron/Otto for RAMSA Architects.

As a woodland management service and a sawmill, Hull Forest Products was able to plan and undertake a timber harvest in Yale’s CT forest. Together with Red Oak logs from Yale’s NH forest, this timber became the stock for the flooring. Hull Forest Products trucked the logs to its Pomfret, CT sawmill, sawed them on its band saw, then air and kiln dried the lumber before custom milling it into the 5 inch wide solid Red Oak plank flooring that now graces the Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray Colleges.  This wood helped increase the percentage of locally sourced materials used in the project, helping it earn Gold LEED certification.

Wood flooring was used throughout the common areas of Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges, including the head of college houses.

Hull Forest Products Oak flooring Yale University
Sustainably harvested rift and quartersawn Red Oak from Yale’s own forests was used throughout the project, including flooring for the head of college houses. Photo credit: Peter Aaron/Otto for RAMSA Architects.

Hull oak flooring at Yale University
Project: Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College
Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects; RAMSA
Location: New Haven, CT.

Project: Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College
Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects; RAMSA
Location: New Haven, CT.

In addition to manufacturing wood flooring, Hull Forest Products stewards over 50,000 acres of working forests in New England, helping to keep these forests as forests. Hull Forest Products has earned an Environmental Merit award from the EPA for its role in conserving forestland in New England.

For more info on our products and services, visit hullforest.com or contact us at 1-800-928-9602.