CLT Patent

QUICK FACTS +  IT is widely accepted that CLT originated in Europe in the 90s +  This patent is from 1923 in Tacoma, Washington +  That makes CLT 97 this year + Cross-Laminated Timber Patent from the 1920s   If you search the internet and type in "when was CLT invented?" The unanimous answer is the 1990s, in Europe.  But it would appear that in fact, there is more to the story. In 1923, two gentlemen in Tacoma, Washington were granted a patent to a product that can...

Norweigan Stave Churches

QUICK FACTS +  Built from the Viking Era (793-1066ad) through roughly 1350 AD +  Notre Dame was finished in 1345 +  Most are 800+ years old +  Norwegian tree prepartion is credited for the longevity  One of the most frequent comments we get in the Mass Timber industry from people just learning about it is “Isn’t a concrete building stronger? Surely wood doesn’t last that long!” Well we are starting a new blog series on some of the oldest wood building still standing, starting today with Stave...