Read the article. Good stuff, but I have some pertinent questions:
1) The article mentions "plywood" but is really about MDF. I
generally avoid ANY kind of particle board, including MDF, because a)
it's heavy, b) it's weak for its weight, c) it's prone to
disintegration when wetted, d) it makes too much dust, a nuisance and
a known health hazard. Is there really such a thing as hemp plywood,
a product formed of laminated veneers?
2) The article mentions hemp lumber. Do they mean something like
strandboard, the engineered lumber I see going up in all kinds of
3) If they really can make hemp plywood, how about hemp marine ply?
Will the hemp-derived glues be water-resistant? Will hemp plywood
glued with traditional adhesives have a suitable strenght/weight ratio
for boat building?
It would be very good to see a truly renewable building resource for
everyday utilitarian use so we can save the beautiful wood for
important uses and quit cutting down the forests for less-valuable