Victoria and Albert Museum | October 14, 2017

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Plywood Production: Old School and Hi Tech


Old school and new tools on display in a two-video mashup


This video is a compilation of two videos showing how plywood is made. The first video is from the Pacific Northwest in the 1950's, where large Douglas firs are felled and dumped into the river—to move them and to soften the wood before milling.

The second video, which begins at about the five-minute mark, shows how to manufacture Baltic Birch plywood in 2016 in Finland. The main difference: smaller logs, fewer people, faster machines.


—This video comes from the YouTube channel of Victoria and Albert Museum, an Art and Design museum in the UK.



Of course the logs in the Finnish video are smaller. They're birch, not Douglas fir.

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