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Apr 07 2014

Top 3 Reasons Mixed Grain Fir is Better than CVG

By KC

Here in the Pacific Northwest, CVG fir trim is everywhere.  It's been the standard for unpainted wood trim for decades, and for good reason: Fir offers a rich, warm look and consistent quality.

However, it  is not always the best choice.  We often recommend Mixed Grain fir trim as an alternative. Here are three good reasons why:

  1. More environmentally friendly -- CVG means Clear Vertical Grain, which is the same as quarter-sawn wood. This cut demans big, tall trees to yield long runs of trim without any knots -- which means that in most cases, when you buy CVG fir, you're buying old growth trees. Mixed grain trim can come from smaller diameter trees and still provide supreme quality.
  2. More interesting to look at -- Mixed grain offers varied patterns and organic flow, with no two pieces alike. It shows more of the character of the wood and offers far more visual interest than the uniform stripes of CVG.
  3. More cost effective -- Mixed Grain fir is less costly than CVG because it is a more efficient way to slice the logs.  Cutting logs into CVG results in a lot of waste that can't be used elsewhere, driving up the cost of the product.  Our Mixed Grain trim, clear and high-grade, is a much better buy than CVG.

We offer and recommend FSC Certified Mixed Grain fir as a stylish and more sustainable alternative to classic CVG fir trim. While Mixed Grain fir meshes effortlessly with modern spaces, it is also ideal for historic remodels and was used in many of the style-setting turn-of-the-century homes in the Pacific Northwest.

Our FSC Certified Mixed Grain fir trim is clear (C&Btr grade), kiln-dried, and locally sourced. We stock it in 4/4 and 5/4 thicknesses, with lengths of 8' through 16'.

It is ideal for window and door trim, thresholds, cabinetry, furniture, and other interior applications. We also provide custom-milled Mixed Grain paneling, flooring, and butcher blocks.

Contact us for current pricing and availability!

Photos at top and below: Mixed Grain fir provides the perfect look for this historic home, photographed by Craftsman Design and Renovation and Pete Eckert.
Photo at bottom: Mixed Grain fir pairs nicely with salvaged walnut for this modern custom art display by Urban Timberworks.