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Joe Hammer, Sales Manager

I've been working at Bear Creek Lumber since May 1999. My responsabilities are managing sales, training, recruiting, knowing the entire inventory and customer/sales relations. My family have been in the lumber industry in this area as well as coastal WA and OR for over 100 years. My roots run deep in this industry and I truly appreciate working with one of the only renewable resources. I hope through proper practices my grand children will be able to use wood just as I have. On my personal projects I have worked with Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Englemann Spruce -Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine, D-Fir, Hemlock, Red & White Oak and Ipe. I have incorporated these items my personal house projects of remodeling siding, trim, paneling, decking, cabinets, log furniture and shaker style furniture.

My favourite products are Douglas Fir and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. These are both excellent woods for many reasons. I would plan to use D-Fir for a timber frame someday. I would use AYC for interior paneling. Other species I would use would be WRC for siding. Ipe for decking. Port Orford for Bathroom and closet paneling. Ipe for flooring. Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir for interior trim. Maple slabs for my butcher block and counter tops. White oak for my cabinets. Black walnut for my drawer and cabinet handles.

Email Joe or call 1-866-457-3008 (Direct Line)

Joe's customer feedback

"Hello Joe,
Just wanted to say thanks for the Doug Fir timbers and lumber for the stairs I had to build again since the customer burnt the first one down. Great service and great products both times."
Steve Hansen

Greetings from PDS Construction, Inc. This should go to Joe Hammer if still out there. We are now retired and currently working on building a new home in the Door County area of Wisconsin. Planning to live there permanently in about 4 years. It was great to get this broadcast notice. I thought about you and the fond memory of working with you on the Salo project several years back. Look forward to the next notice.
Tom Prohl

"Joe: I recieved the wood order for the City of Valdez yesterday. I have to say the wood is some of the nicest I have ever seen. Great stuff!!! I will send you a picture of our benches when we are done."
Dave, Alaskan Wood Shop Teacher of Valdez, AK.

"Lumber order arrived this morning, all unloaded looks great. Thanks again for all your help in making this order go smooth. Hope to do business with you in the future and I will pass on the good service to all I can."
Glenn D., NY

"Joe was great to work with and represented the product honestly"
David E. Stewart & Associates

"Because I gave a description of my project, your people did an excellent job of pulling the right lumber color and grade. Thank you"
E. Stern, MN

Greetings Joe, And a belated Happy New Year. The building slowdown has given us the time and motivation to finally do a website. We are pleased with it and hope you will enjoy looking at it. Almost every project on the Projects page has material from Bear Creek lumber!
David Scott Caledonia Construction , NC

custom yellow cedar door

I am laughing, I just went back through all my pictures while I was in Shanghai. They are all to document what the rooms looked like before we started work. I do not have pictures of the completed work. I found ONE picture of a finished floor - after all that work. I do have to say that the floors turned out EXCELLENT! It was quite a project. Thanks, Ed "
Edwin Pryor - Shanghai American Consulate

custom yellow cedar doorcustome alaskan yellow cedar doorCustomer John of Huisman Concepts from MN emailed us these pictures of Alaskan Yellow Cedar Lumber from Bear Creek Lumber used on one of the many custom doors that he carves by hand.

Thank you John!

See Some of John's custom handcarved wood doors

Hi, Joe,

Looks like I haven't learned my lesson! Thinking about remodeling an apartment (selling my big house). Not quite ready to start the job yet, but I'll definitely return to you as a happy customer when I'm prepared to order the material.

Best wishes,
Joan, NY

PS-See pictures with the IPE flooring.

Joe's Featured Projects

More about Joe

I enjoy the outdoors.  I mountain bike, hike, ski, hunt and spend time with my family. 

Joe's Lumber Tip

You get what you pay for.  Dense fiber is very important for longevity and easier workability.  The most important aspect to building is planning and education. An informed buyer who takes their time will have a better outcome than one who rushes.