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Do you think there is more to hardwood lumber than the cost per board foot? We do! Many people less familiar with the industry might consider hardwood lumber a commodity, but in reality not all hardwood lumber is the same! We find that there can be many differences and they are not just species, grade and thickness. We all know that the market rate for hardwood lumber is influenced by supply and demand. With hundreds…
Just like many other industries, those of us in the hardwood lumber industry are constantly looking for ways to satisfy customers in ways other than a price concession. It is not always easy, but we have found that focusing on a few value added concepts that improve communication and build stronger relationships can help.   We strive to focus on these areas daily and work hard to make these part of our overall corporate culture.…
It is no secret, wide plank hardwood flooring is very popular in new home construction and remodeling projects. Actually, wide plank flooring has been popular for many years.  If you think about how homes were built years ago you will recall that wide plank flooring was the flooring of choice in the colonial days! It could be said that today home owners are really just trying to try to recapture that "colonial" or "country like"…
Hardwood lumber pricing changes daily. It is impacted by the overall global supply and demand. Sometimes hardwood lumber buyers think that making a decision on purchasing lumber can be risky. But there are ways to reduce the risk. One way to do that is to buy better lumber, lumber that more precisely matches what you need for production and reduces your lumber waste.    As many people know, traditional industry grading rules define “ranges” of…

Why Board Feet? Hardwood Lumber 101

  • Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:58
Why does the hardwood lumber industry operate on board feet?  Unlike softwoods which are primarily used in the construction trade where most items have to be created in standard sizes, hardwood lumber has had a history of being used to make items such as flooring, cabinetry and furniture.  These are items that woodworkers required materials in all different shapes and sizes to make their finished products. So from a buyer perspective their was a great…

Why Hard Maple From New York State

  • Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:58
One of the most popular hardwood lumber species is hard maple.  Hard maple grows in a vast area that ranges from Minnesota to Maine and from Canada through Kentucky. Main times hardwood lumber buyers will have a preference for where their hard maple comes from.  One of the most requested areas we see for hard maple is New York State.  And since we operate several hardwood sawmills and lumber yards in New York, we can…
Some might say that hardwood lumber is all the same and is generally a commodity. Others will tell you buying hardwood lumber can be a very complex process and the types of lumber you can get, even in the same industry grade class, can vary greatly. We tend to believe that not all hardwood lumber is created equal. Therefore, we recommend our customers ask a few key questions before making their purchase decisions. Questions to…
The hardwood lumber industry is not that different from other industries.  To be successful we need great employees, loyal customers and a team of great suppliers. Some people might not realize this, but even though we harvest, saw and dry our own hardwood lumber, we still purchase in a great deal of green and kiln dried lumber to meet the demands of our customers.  So with that in mind we feel we understand what hardwood…

Elements of Hardwood Lumber Pricing

  • Thursday, 31 March 2016 13:43
Do you know of all the different stages hardwood lumber goes in for manufacturing?  Many do not.  It can be quite interesting to think about how lumber goes from the forest to the manufacturing plant.   And when you add each phase together you can get a good picture of how the key elements that go into the hardwood lumber pricing.  Here is a good summary. Timber to the sawmill –  From the time a forester…

4 Common Hardwood Lumber Sorts

  • Tuesday, 15 March 2016 15:56
Over the years, hardwood lumber suppliers have done a good job of trying to help customers by sorting boards into common sized widths or lengths.  We have even been known to sort lumber based on color variation.  In our opinion, here are the top four hardwood lumber sorts we find to be the most requested. Width sorted hardwood lumber – Width sorts are very popular with flooring manufacturers and window and door manufacturers.  Depending on…