New arrival | Purple Heart live-edge slabs

New Purple Heart slabs have been dried and graded at M. Bohlke Lumber. Sometimes called Amaranth, this hardwood is tremendously popular for furniture and designs that call for a unique splash of color.

Another characteristic of Purple Heart is its strength. Used in applications where strength is important, this wood is for both form and function.

These slabs will be priced soon. In the meantime, you can view our Purple Heart veneer here and feel free to reach to our sales team if you have any questions!

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Woodworkers under 35: There’s still time to submit your photos for Young Wood Pro

The 4th annual Young Woodworking Professional competition is accepting entries until January 4, 2019. There is no entry fee. Open to woodworkers aged 18-35, this competition shows off outstanding projects and the young wood pros who created them. To learn more about how to submit your work, visit Woodworking Network’s article here.

Do you have a project ready to submit? From veneer applications to live edge slabs, our gallery of customer projects is a good source of inspiration. Start your project now and don’t miss out!

Bohlke steps up investment in new technology

(M. Bohlke Corp. facilities located in Fairfield, Ohio)

Fairfield-Ohio / Rietberg (Germany), in October 2017 – “Our strategy is to make sure that we always have a technical head start,” says Manfred Bohlke. Manfred is the founder and President of the successful American company, M. Bohlke Veneer Corp. Today, the company is investing even more in cutting edge technology to take its equipment to the next level. The newly developed crossfeed veneer splicer Kuper ACR with EVB (end-splicing and trimming machine) has just been put into operation.

“We originally wanted to purchase a Kuper CrossRunner, but we decided in favor of the higher capacity machine. The benefits for us were compelling,” says Manfred Bohlke. The  machine ensures more flexible production at a consistently high standard. The intelligent control system of the ACR allows perfectly coordinated processes.

“The ACR also allows very fast processing of narrow and wavy veneers,” says Marty Jones. Jones is the Product Manager of Kuper’s North American sales partner, Stiles. He adds, “That is possible due to the infeed transport belts that take the pre-glued veneers, align and measure them, and transport them to the splicing zone. Depending on the strip width, the integrated first strip pull-in facility switches on automatically.”

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New warehouse expansion is complete

Continuing Growth | Last month, M. Bohlke Corp. saw the completion of our new lumber warehouse. Construction began September 2016. At 75,000 square feet, there is plenty of room to store our growing imported hardwood inventory. It will also house a vacuum dry kiln, a 55-inch bandsaw, a resaw edger, and an 18-foot slab planer.

This M. Bohlke Corp. expansion allows us to continue our unique lumber business. Operating like a boutique, you have the ability to select pieces of the prime lumber you need.

You can now browse a portion of our live edge slabs inventory, and learn more about our other offerings here. 

Our 50th Anniversary

50 Years in Business | 2016 marks a big year for M. Bohlke Corp. – we are proud to be celebrating our 50th year in business! Our company was founded in March 1966 by President Manfred Bohlke. Mr. Bohlke’s first glimpse into the North American wood veneer industry began in the early 1960’s. He had come to America to buy Walnut logs for his German mentor. It was here that he saw the vast possibilities of the American forests. We have come a long way these past five decades and expanded our offerings to include a 100,000 square feet lumber warehouse, a Vtec reconstituted wood line, bamboo veneer, custom faces, and reclaimed wood.

Visit our timeline to see just how much the company has evolved over the years.

Thank you to our customers, vendors, employees, and our community for their partnerships and trust. None of this would have been possible without your support.

We have a lot of exciting things planned for the year and we invite you to join us in celebrating this monumental achievement!