Curlex_Curls_and_Barbs_(American_Excelsior_Company)_largeAmerican Excelsior supplies excelsior wood fiber products to diverse markets for a wide variety of applications. From baled excelsior to aspen animal bedding to evaporative cooler pads, wood excelsior products have an almost endless list of applications. We offer more than 50 different cuts of excelsior fibers to meet even the most specialized applications.

We use Great Lakes, all-natural Aspen, as a wood source for all of our wood excelsior products. We purchase Aspen only from forest products companies that are members of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program. This ensures that our vendors are following the best environmental and forestry management practices. We are proud of our environmental stewardship commitment.

Natural excelsior boxed excelsior and baled excelsior are offered for use in specialized packaging for retail outlets. Excelsior is easy to work with, safe, and 100% biodegradable. It is a favorite when used in wreaths, garlands, and fruit and gift boxes or baskets. Excelsior fibers may be shaped, sized, glued, molded, matted, or woven to fit numerous decorative applications.

In the packaging industry, wood excelsior is an ideal product to protect and cushion larger, heavier, or more irregularly shaped products (e.g. heavy parts or statuary products). The unique, curled excelsior fibers have a barbing feature that enables the fibers to interlock and provide excellent packing and packaged cushioning capabilities not found with other types of packaging materials. Furthermore, excelsior is biodegradable making it an environmentally safe product. For protecting smaller and lighter fragile products, such as china, glassware, and pottery products, our Curlex® packaging pads feature excelsior fibers encapsulated in the paper for natural cushioning.

Wood excelsior fibers are also widely used as a filtration medium, ranging from filtering oil in combustion engines to oil field filtering and vinegar filtration. The interlocking, barbing features of the fibers, combined with low moisture content from air curing, results in highly absorbent fibers capable of filtering without any artificial additives. In the construction industry, excelsior is frequently used in tunneling and pipe installations to fill void areas.

Other applications for wood excelsior fiber products include, among other things, use in ceiling boards, taxidermy, burn blocks at fire training schools, concrete extenders, oil booms, pipeline padding, and snake bedding.

We invite you to browse our wood fiber site to learn more about our products and contact us at with any questions or call 866-934-2377 (Toll-Free). Our Customer Care personnel will work with you to select the excelsior product best suited for your needs.