North american Softwoods
Western Red Cedar
Douglas Fir / Larch
When architects and engineers look for the best in structural lumber, their first choice repeatedly is Douglas Fir. It is dimensionally stable and incredibly strong. Trim, flooring and siding are available. One of the main benefits of Douglas fir timbers is that they are stronger, more durable and can handle higher impacts and weight loads. This means your timber home can withstand more extreme weather and are built to last longer than other wood types. Douglas fir lumber is considered to be one of the best woods for home building.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Alaskan Yellow Cedar can be used for floors, doors, deck, ceiling paneling, custom woodworking and millwork. Traditionally used for boat building because of its long term durability. For both interior and exterior application, Alaskan Cedar offers the advantages of natural beauty, design flexibility, exceptional dimensional stability and long term durability. Cedar has a long history of withstanding the rigors of time and weather. It is also recognized structural material with known mechanical and physical properties.
Port Orford Cedar
The natural beauty and decay resistance of Port Orford Cedar make it ideal for decking. It is also one of the strongest cedars with strength values. Sought after for temples, boat building, cabinet making, siding and decking, this is a versatile species with excellent durability, resistance to moisture and light colors.
Ponderosa Pine / Spruce
Ponderosa Pine’s beautiful yellow and blue tones make it an ideal product for paneling, flooring and tongue and groove applications. Sitka Spruce is highly sought after for furniture and aircraft building among others. Visit our Pine / Spruce page and find out more about these two species. Pine is a renewable resource that is easy to work with, durable for areas of high foot traffic and is often a cost effective option.
Highly sought after for its excellence of appearance, the heartwood of California Redwood possesses rich tones and natural resistance to decay and insects. Use it for siding, decks, garden structures and trim and many other applications. Strength. Comfort. Much lighter in weight than plastic composite and tropical hardwoods, redwood can be easily cut, sawed, and drilled with regular woodworking tools. Yet for all that lightness, redwood is one of nature’s strongest building materials with shear strength up to 5x greater than plastic decking products.
Being moderate in weight and strength, Hemlock is primarily used in appearance applications such as trim, ceiling paneling, ceilings, moldings and tongue and groove products. Hemlock is straight-grained and light, but typically not used as often as Douglas fir. It’s used more often for moldings and trim because it resists warping and twisting, and when stained, reflects more pronounced grain patterns than other softwoods.
One of the few products rated to outlive your Mortgage, Ipe is a great investment due to its high resistance to fire, rot, and insects. Excellent for exterior applications such as decks and railings, and anything that demands the toughest wood product available. IPE is naturally rot resistant, sturdy and stylish along with being fire resistant.
Jatoba is one of the premium flooring materials we sell. Real wood floors, not laminates or composites, will last a lifetime. The durability of these floors will make them last longer than your mortgage, so when looking at pricing consider the life span of these products into the equation. Jatoba can be used in interior and exterior projects. It’s main benefits are its extreme hardness and strength for the price. It is often used for areas that have high traffic
Mahogany is easy to work, is easy to finish and takes an excellent polish. These characteristics make it a favorite for cabinet and furniture making, boat building and turnery. We have an extensive in-warehouse stock ready to ship to your shop. Mahogany is extremely durable and resistant which means it will easily last as a decking product for 20+ years. Mahogany is particularly resistant to rot, mold, and pother organisms of decay, both with respect to the atmosphere and with the soil. In addition mahogany is highly resistant to the attack of drywood termites.
Other Featured Products
All beams are available in Clear, Select or Standard and Better grades. Available in lengths up to 24'. Lengths up to 40' available but must be special ordered All Sizes are available. From gardens to timber framed homes, Red Cedar has the looks and the strength to do it all. This increasingly rare softwood has great qualities all around, and some of the nicest colors.
The characteristics that make Western Red Cedar a fine exterior siding, decking, and paneling, also make shake and shingle products the most desirable for roofing and sidewall application. We offer these products in a variety of lengths and fancy cuts, and we can help you estimate your materials list. Briefly, we will look at the difference between shakes and shingles and their applications. View Shingles In Application.