Our Monday View!

Just a gorgeous picture of the sunrise on Monday, November 22nd from the front porch of our office. Beauty!

Azumaya Yellow Cedar Gazebo

This is an Azumaya Gazebo – a traditional Japanese style gazebo structure. The posts are 6″ x 6″ with a custom S4S (surfaced four sides) finish, the rafters are 2″ x 6″ bandsaw finish, and the bench is made from 2″ x 4″ S4S. This gazebo has been built with Clear Yellow Cedar and is…

Timber Furniture

Another Western Hemlock customer project! This is a very heavy duty table created with a dovetail joint. The table is made with Western Hemlock 12″ x 12″ timbers. The good news is, no one will be able to steal this piece of artwork because it’s too heavy… the bad news is if you stub your…

Timber Toby Tuesday

Here is an appreciation post for our shop dog – Toby. We get a lot of questions about what kind of dog Toby is… so we did a DNA test! He is a bull terrier, rat terrier, and boxer mix that we adopted from Mexico in 2018. He takes his job very seriously and loves…

Western Hemlock Live Edge

We still have some gorgeous Western Hemlock kiln dried slabs in stock. Perfect for a table top or bench seat project! This customer purchased one of our slabs and turned it into a custom cabinet top. They ripped one edge to sit flush against the wall and sanded the top before applying a few coats…

It’s Fall Y’all!

The rainy season has arrived! Is your backyard ready? You can increase your useable space by building a deck covering, no one likes BBQing in the rain and snow. These are totally customizable, from simple post and beams to extravagant gazebo structures. It all depends on your personal taste and skill level. Need help deciding…

Lumber 101: Understanding Lumber Sizing

We are back with another Lumber 101 to answer a popular question about our sizing options! The key to understanding lumber sizes is in understanding the milling process and exactly what you are purchasing. Milling Process When a log reaches a sawmill, it is sawn into specific sizes. Let’s use a 4″ x 8″ timber…

Yellow Cedar Raised Garden Beds

Spring has certainly sprung! Now that the growing season is here, it is time to get the garden ready. Whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned green-thumb, we can all agree that raised garden beds and planter boxes are the way to go. Wood garden boxes are easy to build and durable enough…

Our Family History

The Carl family has been involved in the lumber industry for many years, here is a little of our family’s history: Robert McGregor married Mabel Carl in 1930. In 1946 he started a company called  McGregor Lumber and soon after he formed West Coast Hardwood. Later he founded Vancouver Sawmills and purchased Esmond Lumber and…

Lumber 101: Boxed Heart vs. Free of Heart Center

We are back with another Lumber 101, thanks for all the great feedback from the previous posts! Do you have a particular subject that you’d like us to cover in this series? To send us a message with your suggestions or questions, please click here Here is a list of previous Lumber 101 posts: How…

Lumber 101: How To Avoid Checking and Cracking

Following up on our post about Green vs. Kiln Dried wood brings us to the next topic: checking, cracking, and splitting. We will cover what it is, why it happens, and how to minimize the effects. Definitions: Checks: a “check” is usually a long crack that appears parallel to the grain as the sapwood shrinks…

Lumber 101: Hardwood vs. Softwood Lumber

Welcome back to another Lumber 101. Today’s topic is the difference between hardwood and softwood lumber. We will break down the differences and best uses, without getting TOO scientific. Hardwood Lumber Generally speaking, hardwood lumber comes from broad-leaf deciduous trees that lose their leaves annually. These trees tend to be slower growing and provide a…

Lumber 101: Green vs. Kiln Dried

Welcome back to the second lesson of Lumber 101! We hope you enjoyed the first post about Vertical Grain vs. Flat Grain. Next up is the difference between green lumber and kiln dried (KD) lumber. What is Green Lumber? Green lumber refers to lumber that has a high moisture content – freshly harvested logs are…

Custom Made Timber Products

We aren’t just a one trick pony, we manufacture some very cool products at our mill. Our other division is Industrial Timber Products and it specializes in, you guessed it, timber products for industrial uses! Check out some photos of our products in action below.

Thompson Creek Farm Bridge Rebuild

Thompson Creek Farm has a footbridge that needed some rotten deck boards replaced. We were excited to support local and supply the lumber for the decking! Yellow Cedar is great choice for this kind of project because of the natural rot resistance and durability for wear and tear. Treated lumber was not an option for…

Lumber 101: Vertical Grain vs. Flat Grain

Welcome to the first post of the Lumber 101 series! This is the start of a small series of educational posts to share some of our knowledge about lumber. Today’s topic is Vertical Grain vs. Flat Grain, covering how they are produced, the differences, and best uses for each. What is Vertical Grain (VG)? Vertical…

New Product Alert – Sitka Spruce!

A new week, a new product! We have Mast and Spar Grade Sitka Spruce available for purchase online. We have limited quantities in various widths and lengths, this stock is air dried and vertical grain, perfect for boat building. These pieces will not last long, purchase your pieces soon! Click here to view the Sitka…

PROJECT INSPIRATION – YELLOW CEDAR FENCE

We LOVE seeing all the project that our customers are building. This one in particular is a very impressive Yellow Cedar fence! The look of the horizontal slats are eye catching and provides ample privacy from any nosy neighbors. Here is a list of the items that were used in building this fence: 1″ x…

HOLY MOLY – NEW PRODUCT ALERT

How cool are these pieces?? This is “teredo wood”, the holes are created from teredo navalis, a naval shipworm, which is a species of saltwater clam! These pieces are one of a kind and would create a very cool conversation piece for the next dinner party. No clams were harmed in the making of these…

Meet Our Shop Dog – Timber Toby

We wanted to introduce our shop dog and head of security, Timber Toby! He inspects every order before it is shipped to make sure everything is up to snuff. Toby is two years old and was rescued from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when he was just 6 weeks old. Those ears hear everything!