The Bamboo Ukulele Project

David St. Martin was hired at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year as the “Tinkerer In Resid

Adrian College Peelle-Jones Halls

Smith & Fong is excited to announce the completion of a striking installation in 150+ year-old

News Flash: Customers actually are willing to pay more for formaldehyde-free and FSC-certified products

In light of the recent controversy surrounding formaldehyde emissions in laminated flooring products

 

City Hall, Kansas City, MO

February 26, 2015 in Durapalm

Smith & Fong’s Durapalm Deco Palm paneling product finds its way into many surprising locations, including the Japanese Consulate in San francisco, the Newsome Law Offices in Orlando and, most recently, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Hall Building. The Deco Palm product is made from 100% plantation reclaimed coconut palm and is both sustainable and strikingly beautiful. There’s some justice for you.

Bamboo driftwood.

February 19, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, FSC-Certified, Sustainability

photoI remember when we first starting manufacturing and importing bamboo flooring in 1993,
telling a friend that “one day you will see a house for sale
and it will describe an interior with bamboo flooring.” I was convinced that this would happen
then, and it has happened, but in ways both different and larger than I had imagined.

As the green movement in manufacturing began to influence and change the market, Smith & Fong
obtained FSC certification for our bamboo resources and developed a soy-based, formaldehyde-free production program. Most of the rest of the market moved to big box store suppliers and mass production.

The other day I was out walking the beach with my daughter and looking down noticed a small
wedge of bamboo flooring mixed in with the other driftwood and mix of organic and inorganic
Debris.

Bamboo flooring has come a long way in 20 years and Smith+Fong  as a company
has had many roads to choose from.  I’m glad that we stayed on the road we chose.

Misura, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

February 12, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, Installations

Misura2Angus Stocks, president of Smith & Fong, visited the Surfaces flooring show in Las Vegas last month to see new innovations and confirm that bamboo flooring still has a strong foothold in the market. While at the show Angus stopped by the Misura men’s clothing store in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to review a Plyboo installation of Neopolitan flooring. After years of high-traffic use it looked—and was holding up—great. The high-contrasting colors and fine consistent striations that make up the distinctive Plyboo Neopolitan look are unique to Smith & Fong. Next time you are in Las Vegas, go take a look. It’s a great store and a great floor.

Yoga Joes!

December 17, 2014 in Bamboo Veneer, Social equity, Sustainability

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Dan Abramson created Yoga Joes in the spirit of getting more people to try yoga. As he puts it, “They’re peaceful action figures designed to inspire children, men, and military veterans to try yoga. More unexpected folks are reaping the benefits of yoga today, from professional athletes, to children, to military men and women returning from wartime.”

So he started fooling around with classic green-plastic army men, heating them up and bending them into yoga positions. The idea was to make it possible to pass yoga around in a way other than a yoga class, maybe “as an inexpensive gift to friends and loved ones, who might like to give yoga a shot.” And he wanted to make something that was meaningful, but also funny as hell.

Dan put Yoga Joes on Kickstarter.com in September 2014 and by its deadline of October 10 he’d exceeded his funding goal by 270 percent. Since then Yoga Joes have been featured in media from Fast Company to Plastics Today, and all points in between.

Recently, Abramson opened a discussion with the organization Warriors at Ease about the possibility of starting a program for military kids in which the Joes would be purposed not only as a reward for donations, but also as a tool for teachers to use in classes.

This is an especially fun and meaningful project that truly has its heart in the right place. Dan contacted us to explore using the peaceful and soothing influence of bamboo in the packaging. “I wanted to replicate the feeling of yoga on a bamboo flooring in the display packing for our product,” said the inventor.

Through discussions and some modeling, we settled on Plyboo edge grain amber veneer for this application. The finish product should be available any day now.

We’ll post images as soon as they are available.

Choctaw Health Center: A particularly unique installation of palm.

December 10, 2014 in Durapalm, Palm Woven Paneling, Sustainability

One of the more notable installations for Smith & Fong this year is the Choctaw Health Center, located in Choctaw, Mississippi, a 58,800 square-foot comprehensive health care center that opened under tribal management in 1975. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians also manages three rural health clinics in the Choctaw communities of Bogue Chitto, Conehatta, Red Water, Standing Pine, and Tucker. The Choctaw Health Center averages 100,000 patient visits per year and is a single story facility that includes an 18-bed inpatient unit and a comprehensive offering of health services.

For this new facility—our first tribal installation—we have supplied approximately 1,000 square feet of Durapalm (coconut palm) Woven paneling. This paneling is a visually striking product developed by Smith & Fong from 100% reclaimed coconut palm logs. The panels themselves measure 6” x 48” and join easily together at the ends with a finger joint/overlap system. The look is rich, textured and earthy and we believe a wonderful fit for this vital and essential health facility.