Water Resistant Wood

Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).

If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:

Accoya

https://www.accoya.com/

  • Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
  • Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
  • Virtually rot proof
  • 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA

 

Kebony

http://kebony.com/us/content/technology/

  • swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
  • outdoor life time warranty for 30 years
  • no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
  • high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms

 

– Sean

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Compact Water Exhibit

This may be the most compact “water table” I’ve ever seen. We typically spread experiences out to allow for maximum visitor capacity, sightlines, etc, but there’s something interesting about the surrounding nature of this installation. Interesting use of a small avaliable footprint. – Sean

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Spotlight Vendor: Mine Control

Patrick shared this tech company he had in Arizona with us in a meeting that i thought was important to share. It inst the prettiest website (it looks like an excel sheet at times), but they have a lot of really nice interactive and ideas. The videos are kinda out dated, but the reference and ideas are still really solid and relevant.

Below are two i liked:

http://www.mine-control.com/mariposa.html

Check out there whole list here:

http://www.mine-control.com/install1.html