Jun 30, 2011

The Juniper Story

By KC

The Juniper Story

As anyone who has ever travelled east of the Cascades knows, juniper is prevalent in Oregon's high desert.  Juniper is an ancient species that  has been part of our landscape for millennia, but recently it has enjoyed unprecedented population growth due to human interference with the natural fire cycle that used to keep young juniper trees in check. 

How much population growth?  A lot...

 
Apr 7, 2014

Top 3 Reasons Mixed Grain Fir is Better than CVG

By KC

Top 3 Reasons Mixed Grain Fir is Better than CVG

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. 



 
Jul 3, 2013

A special partnership provides exceptional FSC lumber

By KC

A special partnership provides exceptional FSC lumber

Though we are supportive of all our local Forest Stewardship Council certified businesses, we feel that those who were FSC certified "before certification was cool" deserve special mention. The Collins Companies has been based in Portland since 1918. Operating 4 mills in the Pacific Northwest, this family-owned company has been an important member of our community for generations.  
 
Their commitment to place is matched by their commitment to sustainability: The Collins forests began implementing advanced sustainability practices nearly 100 years ago, and 20 years ago their forest and mill in Chester, CA became the very first to achieve FSC certification in North America.

The management of their forests has earned Collins accolades from groups including the Sierra Club, and the forests continue to provide habitat for a diverse number of species including Chinook salmon, black bears, beavers, mink and marmots, and many kinds of birds, reptiles and amphibians.  

Like an oenophile waiting for special vintages, Sustainable Northwest Wood snatches up Douglas Fir lumber from Collins mills as often as we can.

The load of beautiful wane-free "Appearance Grade" lumber that just arrived at our warehouse demonstrates that quality, sustainability, and fair pricing can all come in the same package.

This month we're pleased to announce that our FSC lumber priced are considerably lower than the highs hit earlier this year.  Be sure to contact us about bidding your next project with FSC wood!

Photo at top: Collins' Almanor forest is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species.

Photo at right: The Collins lumber mill in Chester, CA sits on the shore of Lake Almanor. This mill and the forest that surrounds it were the first to achieve FSC certification in North America.

 

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