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kiln-dried lumber

Lumber that has been dried with the use of artificial heat in a kiln (oven).

king-post trusses

Triangular frames with a vertical central strut (the king post) extending from apex to tie beam.

koa (wood)

Hard, golden-brown wood of the species Acacia koa, native to Hawaii. The color and grain pattern of koa wood changes with growing conditions and tree age. It is a lightweight, but durable wood, that is brittle with variations in density. Koa is difficult to work or plane but carves well and polishes to a high gloss, used for carvings, boats, dugout canoes, early surfboards, veneers, musical instruments, and furniture. It was the royal wood of the native Hawaiians and was used for everything that came in contact with the royal family.