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Sharpen Your SawTuesday, Nov 06, 2018

Dr. Stephen Covey, in his famous book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, actually trademarked the phrase "Sharpen the Saw".  As he observed in Habit 7,…

2018 July Market UpdatesTuesday, Jul 17, 2018

  • Record Run for lumber pricing appears to have peaked and is beginning to recede.
  • Mill lead times are still long and transportation from mills remains challenging…
  • East Bound and Down - Where did all of the truckers go?Friday, Jun 01, 2018


  • Larger Homes in 2018 Counter to recent trends, new single-family home size increased to 2,436 square feet at the start of 2018. 
  • Record Run A common refrain from veteran lumber traders in this historic market run has been, "We have never seen one like this before." This one is indeed unprecedented. 
  • Wildfire Season Early predictions for the 2018 North American wildfire season suggest significant fire threat across much of the U.S. and Canadian West. 
  • Shipping Costs Record highs in shipping and a shortage in truck drivers moves the needle on pricing across all product lines.
  • Warm Up with Hot Building Market in 2018Friday, Jan 26, 2018

    January Take Always:

  • Panel prices almost down to year-ago levels
  • A little relief on Lumber prices, but Western species (SPF, DF and Studs) still remain high
  • US Housing starts are up at the end of 2017
  • Housing demand remains strong
  • Construction is predicted to be strong in 2018
  • What is the Impact of Harvey?Thursday, Sep 07, 2017

    Last month it was wildfires in Canada and now Mother Nature 2.0 has stuck again with Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Coast.  While we are all thinking about those…

    August NewsThursday, Aug 10, 2017

    What do politics and Mother Nature have in common?  They both mess with lumber pricing.  Over the past months I have been communicating the details of the Softwood…

    Here's Looking at You, KidMonday, Jun 13, 2016

    A Passing Glance at Windows--Current Styles. What do you look for in windows? With many homes these days, windows seem designed to hardly be seen at all. With narrow muntin bars, large panes, thin frames, and moving glass walls, we are almost proud that they disappear. Clearly from the inside, we desire those unobstructed views to outdoor beauty and light. But are we now striving for the glass curtain walls of office buildings for our homes? La Cantina Moving Wall System

    Wasted Away AgainThursday, Sep 17, 2015

    If you had to describe a friend as “Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville”, or stranded in the Who’s “Teenage Wasteland”, or even that they “Wasted” years crying…

    What's it got under the hood?Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

    My Dad used to race street cars growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas in the 1950’s. Of course, he never told me about it until he thought I had outgrown my hot-rod…

    A Tale of Two CottagesMonday, Jan 26, 2015

    Dickens' Remodel. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, . . ." Well, does that pretty…

    Secrets to Great BBQ & Building -- It's All in the wood.Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

    I guess secrecy has always been a part of great cooking. Does your mother-in-law's recipe really contain every ingredient and step needed to duplicate her home…

    Wood Guaranteed Against Warp - Is that Possible?Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

    So two studs go into a bar, . . . and a beautiful woman walks up to them and says "Hey big studs, I'm looking for somewood who will be straight and true, for I…

    A Stud is a Stud --- Right?Monday, Jan 28, 2013

    Over the years I’ve had a number of conversations with builders and homeowners about those strange looking finger-jointed (FJ) studs the framer was putting into…

    Green is Now High-PerformanceTuesday, Nov 27, 2012

    Building Science. The first time I heard about “building science” was about 11 years ago when I was introduced to Joe Lstiburek, a speaker at the Sunbelt Builders…