Hemp boards 20% denser than wood

Hemp is harvested every 6 months, soaked in protein-based glue and heated to a proper temperature in large presses to make boards.

The Eastland Group, a Canadian cabinet manufacturer with 50 years’ experience, is among the first in the world to make cabinets from hemp wood. Eastland partnered with Fibonacci, the first company in the world to process hemp into wood.

Made from compressed hemp stalks and sealed with a soy-based adhesive, hemp wood offers significant advantages over traditional lumber: higher availability, quicker growth time of 6 months, and a 20% higher density.

It can be used in furniture, flooring, and other woodworking projects, including musical instruments and acoustic speaker cabinets. Fibonacci’s 15,600-square-foot factory opened for business in Kentucky (US) in August 2019.

Hemp wood is available in blocks, pre-sawn boards, flooring, and finished products such as cutting boards and skateboards.

“We’re taking something that grows in 6 months and we’re able to able to replicate, if not out-perform, a tropical hardwood that grows in 200 years,” said Fibonacci leader, Mr Greg Wilson.

Eastland Group President, Mr Karim Bhibah, was quoted as saying that the company’s hemp wood cabinets don’t take primer or paint like other woods, which gives them a rustic look. Eastland is currently pursuing exclusive licensing to press hemp wood in Canada.

According to Woodworking Network, hemp wood is a reverse-engineered wood substitute. The hemp is grown and harvested, turned into bushels and then soaked in protein-based glue. It is then placed in a large press and heated to the proper temperature.

The customer is left with a lumber board that may be used for any interior purpose. Industrial hemp production has sparked massive interest around the world, and new associations are being formed in the US.

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