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5 ways to reflect the warmth of summer with interior design
April 18, 2014 - 20:15

It may not be summer quite yet, but the season is fast approaching.

Using rhythm to create a design flow
April 17, 2014 - 14:27

One of the most basic interior design principles is rhythm.

Creative approaches to interior design
April 17, 2014 - 12:25

In order to really help your home stand out from other dwellings, it's important to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while.

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CEU Course for AIA Credit

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Ways to Use Plyboo

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Strand bamboo is not cut into strips and laminated like edge grain and flat grain bamboo flooring. Instead, it's shredded, crushed, and mixed with a liquid adhesive. Under heat and high pressure, the mixture is cooked and compressed into lumber that is ultimately milled into flooring.

The result is one of our toughest floors yet, three times harder than red oak and perfect for busy commercial locations.

Plyboo manufactures a variety of bamboo flooring, plywood and paneling, but when it comes right down to it, what we offer are versions of flat grain, edge grain and strand bamboo.

We’ll get to strand in another article, but for now let’s differentiate between flat grain and edge grain bamboo. 

Cut into the opposing side of the coconut palm tree, equal distances apart and wooded over, the wedges almost look natural. But they aren’t natural. They are footholds carved into the tree, allowing harvesters to more easily climb the tree and harvest the coconuts.

“If you’re looking for lumber, you hate to see steps chopped into the tree trunk. It make the wood less valuable, but you have to understand that the primary mission of these trees is to produce coconuts,” Said Angus Stocks, president of Smith & Fong Plyboo, a San Francisco Company that makes flooring and plywood out of over-aged coconut palms.

Best Sellers

The need to design a bamboo floor that shattered the stereotypes has arrived.  Being strong wasn’t enough; this new floor had to be striking.  On one hot New York City day, Stiletto was born.  This floor takes bamboo flooring to the next level with its color, texture and style.

Take a walk on the wild side with Neopolitan strand bamboo flooring, our most popular bamboo floor for 5 years running.  People can’t get enough of the zebra striped floor, which explains why it can be found in countless homes, offices, and stores.

Hot on the heels of our popular Neopolitan strand bamboo floor, Havana strand appeals to the more subdued clientele.  The dark strand floor has garnered attention of Dwell, Sunset.

Plyboo’s Edge Grain bamboo plywood has been a top seller season after season.

It’s all in the family with Plyboo’s vertical grain bamboo products.  Much like Amber Edge Grain

Videos About Our Products

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We're proud to announce our nomination for the Recology & Wells Fargo Emerging Growth Award!

Your boots were made for walking all over our Stiletto strand bamboo floors. Stiletto is as fashion forward as you are, and it’s just as tough. Its timelessness, however, doesn’t end with its attractiveness. Stiletto is built to stand up to whatever you put down.

Our Canadian distributor, Taproot, raced the coming snow to complete their bamboo deck in preparation for next spring.


After the arrival of spring, I received call from a friend who asked me to accompany him and some friends on a hike into the forest to harvest spring bamboo sprouts.

Plyboo: Innovations in Bamboo + Palm

Do you have a passion for sustainability? Plyboo is your source for green, sustainable building materials for home or commercial use. All Plyboo products are performance and emissions tested by independant, third-party labs located here in the United States. Smith & Fong PlybooPure products pass California Section 01350, the most stringent emmissions standards currently available anywhere.