U.S.-based Fibonacci LLC, maker of “HempWood,” has announced deals with Canadian and American partners who will make cabinets and flooring from the material.
Eastland Group, Inc., based in New Brunswick, Canada, said it is adding cabinets from HempWood to its product lineup. The cabinetmaker, which dates back more than a half century, said sustainability considerations were behind its decision to work with the material.
Hemp tops hardwood
“Hemp is substantially more environmentally-sustainable when compared to traditional hardwood species more commonly used in building materials,” Eastland’s president, Karim Bhibah, said in a press release. “Rather than the typical 20-year growth period for traditional hardwoods, hemp grows in a 90-day cycle.”
Bhibah said Eastland is negotiating for an exclusive license to produce HempWood for its cabinets in Canada.
Flooring to hit market soon
Fibonacci also made a deal with Tennessee Wood Flooring (TWF), which makes pre-finished materials. The Tennessee company says it can press as much as 5,000 sq. ft (464 sq. m) of the HempWood flooring material weekly. That product is expected to be on the market momentarily.
Fibonacci opened a $5.8 million (€5,4 million) 15,600-sq. ft. (1,450 sq. m.) factory in Kentucky last August to produce the material.
Algorithm mimics oak
Finished HempWood has 20 percent greater density than wood, and can be a replacement in a wide range of applications. Made by compressing hemp stalks and a soy-based binder, finished products also come in blocks, pre-cut boards, cutting boards and skateboards.
The processing is based on an algorithm that mimics the growth cycle and attributes of an oak tree, and which determines hardness, density and stability in the finished product, according to Fibonacci.
Fibonacci also recently announced a distribution partnership with Reel Lumber Service, Anaheim, California. The company is a fourth-generation family-owned lumber business founded in 1932; its products are available in four retail locations.
California-based CannaGrove also makes a range of hemp-board products and is currently under contract with Silver Mountain Guitars, Colorado, to build speaker cabinets.