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Volume 15 Number 10 October 2001

In This Issue:

Local Goods / Christmas Ideas
Canadian Tariff Update
Industry News
Editors Son Joins Team
Fall Price Reduction

Ipe / Jatoba

Ipe is a Brazilian hardwood that is grown on plantations specifically managed for long term sustainablity. Logging roads and skidder tracks rarely break the canopy and erosion is controlled through buffer zones around streams. There is no cutting on steep grades. Using this low impact method of harvest, Ipe adds to the economy without harming the environment..
Bear Creek Lumber is now stocking Ipe hardwood decking for direct shipment. Up until this point it was only a special order item but customer demand has made Ipe a more attractive stock item for Bear Creek Lumber. Ipe traditionally comes in one inch, two inch and 5/4 inch decking and is also available in 4 x 4.
Call (800) 597-7191 for prices.

Customer Photos: A Deck Worth A Second Look

Pictured :
BCL Western Red Cedar
D & Better Clear
S4S 2x6, 4x4,
and rough cut
4x6 and 6x6
Dear Merle,
Thought you'd be interested in how the Cedar deck went.  Attached are Pictures.  So far the only fasteners in the rails are the bolts holding the posts (covered with square pegs).  The rails are all held together with mortise & tenion joints.  When done, the rails will be held firm with screws covered by square pegs.   All the decking was resurfaced, sanded and has 3 coats of Penofin.  All the rail material was milled, surfaced, sanded (to 220 grit belt), sealed with a marine sealer and 2 coats of Penofin.  In a few of the shots you can see the D-fir timbers.
The wood looks so gorgeous, it blows some people away.  Even caught a few drive bys stopping to take pictures.  Currently, I'm working on the cherry floors so we will be needing more lumber next month (I hope).
Franklin B.
Mulilteo WA
LD Custom Saddle Company
Twisp, WA is being recognized as an artist community known for high quality artwork and LD Saddle Co. is no exception. Step inside the shop, nestled inside a refurbished firehall off State Highway 20, amd you’ll experience an environment rich in textures, history and sumptuous leather goods.
Originally trained under reknowned saddlemaker jesse Smith, artisan Lisa Sneider has exhibited her products at juried art shows throughout the West. Lisa sells by mail, as well as in her shop. Included in her inventory of leather goods are cases molded precisely to fit any object, gunbelts, holsters, scabbards, picture frames, mirrors and purses.
Handcrafted Saddle
Also offered are ornately carved leather covered tables, footstools, pillows and of course, beautiful saddles from plain to fancy, handmade and tooled the old fashion way. If you have a horse lover on your Christmas list or just love leather in your life, call Lisa toll free at 1-866-702-7288 or write her at PO Box 1235, Suite D, Twisp, WA 98856.

Christmas Ideas From
The Methow Valley

While Bear Creek Lumber is located far from the maddening crowd, we do have a number of artisans who produce lovely handmade items that might make an excellent Christmas gift for someone you know! The products mentioned herein are top quality and made to order. Each company operates independantly of Bear Creek but like our company, they are family owned and operated.

Molly's Soap

Handmade in the Methow Valley, Molly’s long-lasting soaps are a lathery adventure. 25 years of soapmaking and a passion for herbs have inspired this line of versatile gentle, natural soaps, lotions and other bath products. Made with olive , palm and coconut oils, spring water, natural herbs and essential oils, these soaps are aromatic and can be used for aromatherapy. Molly can be reached by calling (888) 789-7627 or by writing to Good Scents Co. 487-D W. Chewuch Rd., Winthrop, WA 98862

Wolf Ridge Log Furniture and Accessories

Furniture making is a family affair for the Childers of Winthrop. This family of furniture makers makes everything from beds to coatracks, railings to breakfast bars. Wolf Ridge Log Furniture harvests its own logs for its creations. Each log is inspected for quality and then hand peeled and crafted into a unique piece, reflecting the natural character of the logs. They also do custom work, using tthe customers design ideas. After being sanded and sealed, each piece is finished with two coats of water\base poltyurethane or the finish of your choice.
The Childer Family also operates Wolf Ridge Resort, one of the Methow’s more comfortable lodgings. You can see their products on their website at ( their furniture is featured on their photo tour) or call them at 800-237-2388. prices are not available on their website.

Canadian Tariff Update

The Bush administration made a preliminary decision to put a 19.3% on all Western Canadian lumber products. The biggest impact will be on western red cedar products which are not not readily available in the US.
Cedar remanufacturers were especially hard hit. One Oregon man who had been enticed by a local economic development group to invest in a bankrupt cedar operation in Idaho saw his $4 million investment go down the drain after the tariff took effect. The mill takes Canadian cedar and makes it into moulding, trim and other high quaility products for the home. The cedar available on the US side is not good enough quality to substitute for the Canadian. The tariff not only has made the Canadian supplies too expensive for many to buy, it also has shut down his suppliers. Many major cedar manufacturers laid off their staff and shut their doors as soon as the tariff was announced.
According to the US Red Cedar Manufacturers Association in Portland OR, Canadian cedar products represent only 3% of all Canadian lumber exports. The association is lobbying for an exemption to the tariff for the US manfacturers who are completely dependent on British Columbia products which are not available in similar quality or quantity in the US market. Bear Creek Lumber supports their petition.

Industry News

Editor’s Son Joins Writing Team

Sales of previously owned homes slid in July to their lowest point in seven months as prospective buyers were put off by the slumping economy and job jitters.
The National Association of Realtors reported Monday that existing-home sales fell by 3 percent in July from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million. That was the lowest level since a rate of 4.94 million in December.
David Lereah, the association's chief economist said the decline reflected the fact that the economy in general is deteriorating. And, while the nation's 4.5 percent unemployment rate is low by historical standards, the flurry of layoffs seen in recent months has taken a toll. ``Psychologically, there's some impact when people are thinking about trading up and buying a house,'' he said.
Even with the drop, existing-home sales are still running at healthy levels. The housing market has been a main pillar supporting the struggling economy, in large part because mortgage rates have been low. Last week, mortgage rates dipped to 6.91 percent.
Mortgage rates under 7 percent should help bolster future demand.
``This is providing opportunities for first-time buyers who are fundamental to the overall healthy of the housing market,'' said Richard Mendenhall, president of the real estate group.

The Commerce Department reported that sales of new homes in July were up by the largest amount since a 13.5 percent increase last December. The July increase followed a revised 2.8 percent sales gain in June and pushed sales of single-family homes to an annual rate of 950,000 last month.
The sales gains in July were led by an 18 percent surge in sales in the Northeast. Analysts expect the strength in housing to continue, reflecting the fact that mortgage rates have returned to their lows of March .
The housing report showed that the average price for a home sold in July was $208,400, down slightly from a $208,600 average sales price in June. The 18 percent increase in sales in the Northeast pushed the annual sales rate to 72,000 in that region. Sales rose 6.9 percent in the Midwest to an annual rate of 187,000. The West saw sales rise 4.6 percent to a 250,000 annual rate while sales in the South were up 2.3 percent to an annual rate of 441,000 homes.
Back in the eighties, I got paid to lick stamps for my Mom’s newsletter. A penny a stamp. By the time I got to fifty, my mouth had acquired a certain taste that I would not care to describe. But it was worth it when I could throw down those two quarters and get my choice of the best candy bar and soda pop in Winthrop.
I really didn’t understand why she spent so many hours in front that little glowing box pecking away at those little letters. Even less comprehendible was the jargon that came with it. My Mom, and Grandma, who published twenty-four books, would go on for hours about writer things, blah, bah, blah, this author blah, blah, blah...his style of writing.
“Who cares?”, I would think to myself. "Don’t they know my favorite TV show is about to come on."
It wasn’t until my Grandfather took me back in his study and told me what a good writer my mother was, that I had any respect for what she did. Words to me were meant to be spoken, not written down and mulled over. After all, Dad was a great story teller and he never wrote anything down. My Grandfather, however, had a great influence over my life, and knowing he was also a professional writer, I slowly begin investigating what he was talking about. He also told me Mom didn’t have a conventional form of writing. “What does that mean?” Having a bit of dyslexia, words never quite lined up properly for me anyway, so what was conventional?
Well, Mom dropped out of school and traveled around the world, eventually meeting my Dad on a Morrocan beach. So, yeah, she is pretty unconventional, but what made her writing different than others ?
It wasn’t until I became a professional writer myself that I could truly appreciate style. It's what an author gives to the world, his or her little incongruities, that makes the way they say things different. Only good authors can constantly let their own opinions grow, and continue to have influence over the opinions of their readers. That’s what I like about my mom’s writing, the growth and change. From liberal and free in the eighties, to business oriented and more conservative in the nineties. The Bear Creek Lumber Newsletter (Timberline) has evolved with the times, and it will continue to grow as long as the company retains its unique niche in the construction world. I am excited about the opportunity to write for this newsletter that I once licked stamps for. To mesh my own style with that of my Mom’s and the company’s. I think I finally figured out why she sat so many hours in front of that little glowing box, pecking away at those little letters. There are several different kinds of bitter and sweet taste that come with writing. It's even better than candy bars and soda pop. It last longer.

Sage Bannick, a Hollywood actor and screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles where he also writes for the Burbank /LA Times as a sports writer. He is currently writing a novel about his experiences at the University of Washington where he majored in acting and directing. He started working in the lumberyard when he was eleven years old.
His older sister Omaste has also been a contributor over the years.