My third favorite blogger led me to Rainforest Relief. The information there supports the conclusion I came to about using exotic woods after seeing Costa Rica first hand last February. That is that any use of exotic woods, even from plantations or FSC certified suppliers contribute to the deforestation and all the related issues. Consumption of any of it increases the demand. And that demand is what drives the whole thing.
(To get to the section specific to lumber click on “What to Avoid and Alternatives” on the left, then on “” on the right.)
And if all that badness wasn’t enough, it doesn’t even factor in the environmental impact of transporting lumber from one continent to another. That’s not a thought that leads me to images of clean air.
So, forget about ipe, teak, cocobolo and ebony. It’s oak, maple, cherry, and walnut for me.