Smith & Fong Co. has introduced PalmShell, a palmwood cladding product for commercial and custom residential projects. Derived from the same Indian black palm resource as the company’s Durapalm interior products, PalmShell provides a new look for modern exterior wall applications, particularly rainscreen systems. The new cladding range is made from solid palmwood with an easy-to-install groove/lap system. Given its inherent weather-resistant quality, PalmShell can be installed and finished using standard exterior-grade clear finishes or natural products, such as linseed oil for a raw natural look. Black palm is similar in density and hardness to ipe and is harvested from agricultural and residential environments. Like other exotic woods, palm weathers over time, taking on a rich deep patina. PalmShell groove/lap cladding is milled in 96-inch lengths with a 3 1/4-inch width and 3/4-inch thickness.