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Maybe I am a little slow in coming around to this, but I am beginning to think this Instagram thing may just work.  Perhaps even FaceBook and Twitter will catch…

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.
  • Beatles or Beetles? We Can Work It OutFriday, May 18, 2018

    Meet the Beetles (Mountain Pine to be exact)The British Invasion brought us the Beatles (John, Paul, George & Ringo), forever changing the landscape of Rock n Roll in the US.  Now a new Beetle is changing the US landscape via the “Canadian Invasion” and unless US Mills keep the balance of production power equal, those screams you hear will not be those of teenage girls in poodle skirts, but us, the end users.

    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…

    July 2017 Lumber UpdateFriday, Jul 14, 2017

    The US-Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement hit another milestone as the Department of Commerce levied two (2) duties (CVD & Anti-Dumping) against Canadian mills.…