Balsakore

An environmentally friendly, lightweight substrate material that can be used in the Kerfkore bendable and lightweight line of products.

Balsakore is a lightweight core material made from the balsa tree. The wood is low in density but high in strength to provide a very strong, lightweight cellulose based core material.

Balsakore can be used in the Kerfkore bendable and lightweight products to provide a core that is made from material containing no added formaldehyde. The balsa tree is plantation grown and can be harvested in 6 to 7 years.

Balsa wood is five times lighter than traditional particleboard and fiberboard core materials and three times lighter than lite core plywood materials.

Balsakore is offered as a core material in the Kerfkore, Timberflex and Flexboard bendable line as well as the lightweight product line. Currently this core is available in 5/8” thickness that will provide a 3/4” finished thickness for both Timberflex and Flexboard products while the Kerfkore product is available in a 5/8” thickness. The lightweight product is available from 3/4" - 1-1/8" thicknesses with multiple face options.

Balsakore products can be used with both cold and hot press laminating processes at normal operating pressure. The core also provides the strength to add fasteners, hinges, and other types of hardware. The edge will machine smoothly and is suitable for use with automatic hot melt edge banders.

Balsakore provides an environmentally friendly product that comes from a rapidly renewable resource. It can be used with conventional fabrication methods to achieve a strong and durable product that is lightweight and good for our environment.

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“The Kerfkore Foamkore product was the perfect material for the art piece I wanted to create. I needed something that had a physically and visually substantial structure, while being lightweight at the same time and this material had it all. The people at Kerfkore were extremely helpful and excited to help me achieve my vision, working with me to choose the product that would best suit my needs and to have the sheets cut to my particular specifications. Not only was the material's structure perfect, it did not require heavy duty jointing or extra reinforcements; I found that the joints in my sculptures adhered very well with a strong wood glue alone! Once my sculptures were complete, I was able to move them, place them and interact with them in the various environments I chose without any problem - instead of worrying about my sculptures breaking, I needed only to worry whether they would fit in my vehicle. I am really happy to have found and worked with this company ... they were a huge part of my success in this project.”
Amy Snell, Student at Metro State College in Denver, CO