About S&F Woodcrafters, Inc. & Xylea-Wood®

Custom Slatwall Exhibition Display System

Developed in the U.S.A. by booth manufacturer S&F Woodcrafters, Inc. the Xylea Wood® Custom Slatwall Trade Show Exhibit System is a patented, modular trade show hard wall paneling system that is perfect for use in several applications. Thanks to easy-to-use, standardized part sizes and a revolutionary gravity cleating system between panels and cleats, everything effortlessly fits together. Xylea-Wood’s wooden-like Exhibition Panels can be added or subtracted at will to adjust to ever-changing business and display needs. The Xylea-Wood Custom Slatwall Exhibit system is perfect for:

  • Modular Exhibit Displays for Trade Shows
  • Permanent or temporary Retail Kiosks, Monoliths & Gondola Kiosks
  • Trade Show Booths
  • And more!

Xylea Wood Slatwall has revolutionized the trade show world, offering affordable trade show display solutions that are lightweightquick, & easy to assemble, while also strong & stable, providing businesses the perfect choice for creating optimal trade show exhibits to showcase your business & products.

Inspired by the strength of mother nature’s microscopic super cell structure of the Balsa tree, magnificent patterns of interlocking chambers found in nature’s strongest trees, revolutionary Xylea Wood® replicates the Balsa trees’ cell structure, designed & engineered to mimic nature with Xylea’s patented revolutionary perfected lumber that is strong & stable, yet lightweight to use.

Our work covers a wide variety of projects including Custom Trade Show Booths, Slatwall Displays & Exhibits; Free-Standing Kiosks,Retail Displays & more!

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Watch this brief video demonstrating how easy it is to use Xylea-Wood® Slatwall Paneling for your display needs.

Xylea Wood® Modular Exhibit Displays

The patented Xylea® Wood Custom Exhibit System* is a modular slatwall paneling system. Standardized part sizes and a revolutionary gravity cleating systems means that all the panels fit together, every time. Panels can be added or subtracted at will to adjust to ever-changing business needs.

*Xylea US Patent: Building Panel Having Plant-Imitating Structural Core

Custom Exhibits for Trade Show & Temporary Retail Displays.

Joe Fleming, who has been in the Tradeshow Exhibit business for over 30 years, explains the importance of using strong, light, straight building materials to build the panels, floors and decks of his tradeshow booths:

“We ship our booths all over the country. Some of them set up 8 to 10 times a year. They must be strong to resist wear and tear, and lightweight so they can be easily handled on show floors. Using Xylea-Wood, you can confidently set up a booth in Chicago in January, when the weather is 10 below zero and then head to Miami the following week, to 90-degree heat and humidity. Even with drastic weather changes, Xylea-Wood will never warp. It is extremely stable.” -Joe Fleming, Xylea-Wood & S&F Woodcrafters Founder/CEO

Xylea-Wood® is Flexible & Stable. It won’t warp.

With Xylea-Wood Slatwall Displays, you won’t have to waste energy worrying about your display system standing up to heavy trade show traffic, so you will be able to concentrate on selling your product!

The Xylea-Wood® Story

Several years ago, in a quest to find the ideal building material to manufacture high-quality, lightweight, & strong trade show displays, our design team considered several options such as honeycomb, foam board, bamboo and balsa wood. As most of us already know, balsa is pound for pound as strong as steel, and in some cases it is even better because of its reduced expansion coefficients that make it even more stable. In fact, Boeing aircraft used to use it to build their airplane wings before the invention of carbon steel.

The problem with balsa, however, is that it is not readily available, which makes the cost prohibitive. And who wants to cut down trees, anyway? We were disappointed that balsa didn’t work out, since it is nearly 10x as costly as conventional materials. The breakthrough came for us when we realized the option we wanted was not available. So we invented a new one, Xylea-Wood*.


Inspired by Mother Nature, Perfected by Technology®.

After studying some microscopic pictures of balsa wafer, we observed the lignified xylem cells of the balsa tree that once carried nutrients and water from the ground. It became apparent to our product engineers that the reason balsa is so light is because it is about 90% air. It has a basic fiber structure that is created by a series of hollow elongated chambers that are conjoined to each other. They interlock in a magnificent pattern that makes them one of the strongest, lightest natural building materials in the world.

We have been able to replicate and mass produce the microscopic super cell structure of the balsa tree to create an engineered lumber that is so strong, and stable that we believe it is destined to completely replace the use of plywood in the future.

Introducing Xylea-Wood®

  • ½ the weight of conventional plywood
  • Twice the strength, yet affordable

The concept of engineered pre-tensioned strength is built into the board. It is really quite a remarkable process. We can make it stronger or lighter on demand. It is as if we can grow a tree that is exactly the size and strength that you need. We define the required strength & weight and instantly build it into wood at the manufacturing point. And we don’t have to wait 15 to 20 years for it to grow! The Panels, Boards, Decks and Beams that we are currently pre-tensioning for the exhibit business are just the beginning. Our revolutionary, patented Xylea-Wood® is the future of displays and is poised to replace the use of plywood.

*Xylea US Patent: Method of Locking Structural Panels