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Wood Guaranteed Against Warp – Is that Possible?

Wood Guaranteed Against Warp – Is that Possible?

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 am only interested in a long-term relationship.” Both studs look good, of course, from the...
Budget Decisions – Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Budget Decisions – Beauty is Only Skin Deep

When building or remodeling our homes, we are faced with a tremendous number of decisions and choices regarding everything from countertops and appliances to tile selections and plumbing fixtures. Our personal preferences play a huge role in these decisions, because...
Happy New Year! Now Let’s Build

Happy New Year! Now Let’s Build

As a very wise lumberman once said “we’re not in the prediction business”. There are good reasons not to be in the prediction business, both for you and for me – there are just too many factors outside of our control to be able to accurately predict...
Stock and Lumber Markets Soaring – Watch Your Lumber Budgets!

Stock and Lumber Markets Soaring – Watch Your Lumber Budgets!

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average went to an all-time high as investors continued to push up stock prices.  Some of that same bullish attitude has definitely spilled over into the housing market as housing starts have begun to rise, especially here in North...
Why Carpenters Love Doug Fir

Why Carpenters Love Doug Fir

We love wood!  I guess that would be obvious if you’ve ever visited our lumberyard and architectural mill. It’s stacked everywhere!  But if pressed about our favorite, we’d have to first narrow down the choices.  Though our custom mill loves those beautiful hardwoods...
Hidden Value of a Lean Framer

Hidden Value of a Lean Framer

When we say “Lean Framer”, we’re not talking about Slim over there who disappears when he turns sideways.  We’re talking about the framing carpenter who understands and practices “lean building practices.”  “Lean” is the elimination of waste, in all forms (material,...