University Frames prides itself in using the finest hardwood in all of its solid wood frames. Trees are harvested and replanted under strict government guidelines. This plantation approach ensures not only a sustainable resource, but also minimizes any impact on the local ecology. The wood we have selected is universally recognized in the industry as having two highly desirable characteristics: hardness and straight grain. Only after being kiln-dried to achieve an optimum level of moisture content is the wood then milled. All of these factors, when combined, contribute to an extraordinarily high quality moulding. It is milled within very tight tolerances, after which uniform coatings of stain and finish are applied, resulting in a luxurious satin or high gloss finish, destined to retain its elegance for decades.