Architectural Woodwork Quality Certification Program

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Quality Certification ProgramThe Architectural Woodwork Institute’s (AWI) Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool that ensures custom, interior architectural woodwork, one of the most highly visible aspects of many construction projects.  Companies earn certification through comprehensive testing and inspection, demonstrating the ability to fabricate, finish and/or install work in accordance with the quality grade criteria set forth in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).

Pierce & Pierce Millwork has bee nthrough the inspection process and earned certification in 2010 for multiple sections in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS); Section 4 – Sheet Products, Section 5 – Finishing, Section 6 – Interior and Exterior Millwork, Section 7 – Stairwork and Rails, Section 8 – Wall Surfacing, Section 9 – Doors, Section 10 – Casework, Section 11 – Countertops, Section 12 – Historic Restoration Work.

Certification of a project not only attests to the work’s compliance with AWI Standards, but also confirms the woodworker’s adherence to project specifications and contract documents.  In addition to familiarity with AWI Standards, a thorough understanding of the entire specification is therefore necessary not only for product quality, but also project certification.

FSC Millwork & Moulding

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.  Products made from FSC certified lumber are seen everywhere in our daily lives.  FSC certified wood is found in many shapes, sizes, and products such as framing lumber, doors, windows, corbels, newspapers, magazines, and even toilet tissue and wood charcoal.

For a company / woodworker to sell FSC certified products that company must have a FSC chain of custody (CoC) certification.  The FSC CoC tracks FSC certified material through the production process – from the forest to the consumer, including all stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing, and distribution.  CoC certification can be used to show compliance with public or private procurement policies and specifications such as the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

At Pierce & Pierce Millwork we have been FSC CoC certified sin 2008 (see certificate below).  Our FSC CoC enables us to purchase FSC certified material and transform / manufacture this certified wood into FSC certified products such as standing and running trim, cabinets / caseworks, mantels, corbels, and many other wood products.  Because of our commitment to sustainable forests and the FSC program Pierce & Pierce Millwork has had the opportunity to work on construction projects aspiring to earn LEED certification.  The FSC certified wood is used in earning the Materials and Resource credit number 7 in the LEED rating system.

How Cherry Corbels are Made

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Cherry CorbelA corbel is a type of bracket used to carry the weight of an object above. This could be an overhanging countertop, a beam, mantel, or possibly a wall cabinet. Corbels don’t have to be used to carry weight; sometimes a corbel is used simply for decoration. The corbel seen here is an example of a corbel used for decoration because of the shallow depth.

A cherry corbel is one made from cherry wood. Typically corbels are not made from a solid block of lumber, but from pieces of lumber glued together. Cherry corbels are made from strips of cherry glued together alternating the direction of the growth rings to ensure stability of the corbel. The glued block is then cut by hand or a CNC machine; most corbels sold today are fabricated on a CNC machine. Corbels made from other species of wood (ex: maple or rubberwood) can be stained with a cherry color stain & made to look like cherry, but they would still be missing the characteristics of actual cherry wood. Cherry wood has a warm red tone and the grain typically has well defined cathedrals, when the grain comes to a point like an inverted “V”. Corbels are available in a multitude of styles and sizes. When ordering a corbel the width, the height, and the depth must all be measured or known to ensure the correct size corbel is being selected.

Woodworking Industry Resources

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Pierce & Pierce Millwork is proud to offer the following resources. Please note that we do not necessarily endorse the companies or websites below.

White River – Carved and Embossed Hardwood Moulding
White River supplies carved and applied hardwood mouldings.

CVH International – Wood Carving Company
CVH International is a wood carving company.

Hardware Resources
Hardware Resources is the fastest growing manufacturer of cabinet hardware in the United States.

Columbia Forest Products
Columbia Forest Products is North America’s  largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer, a long standing leader in environmental sustainability, and innovator of soy-based formaldehyde-free PureBond technology.

Architectural Woodwork Institute of Georgia
The Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Georgia state chapter.

Architectural Woodwork Institute
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953.  The Architectural Woodwork Institute has close to 4000 members ranging from architectural woodworkers to design professionals and students from around the world.

Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C. -based  U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.