What is excelsior?

Excelsior consists of thin, curled strands of premium-grade all natural Great Lakes Aspen which have small barbed edges that provide an interlocking feature. Excelsior is highly resilient, which is the ability to readily expand after compression, and is also biodegradable. In the United States, excelsior has no other general name. However, in many other countries, excelsior is commonly known and referred to as wood wool. The combination of resiliency and the interlocking features of the excelsior fibers make excelsior highly suitable for many diverse applications as described in our website.

How is excelsior produced?

Excelsior is cut from logs by using a unique process where the actual thickness of the fiber, as well as the width, can be cut on high-speed equipment at the same time. The process is so unique, we can actually control the width and the thickness down to the thousands of an inch. We manufacture excelsior in a compressed bale, rolls, pad and other forms before being shipped around the world and we currently manufacture excelsior fibers on over 50 different width and thickness combinations to help meet even the most specialized requirements.

Is excelsior environmentally friendly?

Definitely yes! The excelsior fibers consist of all natural premium grade Great Lakes Aspen wood fibers which are naturally biodegradable.

Is excelsior available in different colors?

Yes. Our Fiberex® Division specializes in manufacturing excelsior products to the retail industry and provides American Moss® colored excelsior in a rainbow of colors. Colored excelsior is available in 5 lb. and 25 lb. bulk cartons and in 2-liter bags. It is clean, non-allergenic, dust-free and is biodegradable. It is manufactured from premium grade Great Lakes Aspen and is also available in non-pigmented natural. colored excelsior provides more coverage per ounce than organic mosses and is also bug-free.

Why is baled excelsior so effective when used in archery targets?

Excelsior bales are highly compressed and the interlocking fibers provide superior stopping power, even for penetrating carbon arrows. Curlex® Power-StopTM excelsior banded target bales can be used both outdoors and indoors and are ideal for use in commercial and club ranges as well as backyard use.