1. Do you have a price list online?
A. Due to market fluctuations we are unable to maintain an online price list. However you can call or email us anytime and we will let you know the current prices of the items you are interested in. We do our best to have very competitive prices while keeping the very best quality possible in our stock.
2. What is a board foot and why it is used?
A. Board foot (bf) is a unit of volume that is used in our trade to measure the amount of lumber. One board foot equals a square foot of wood that is one inch thick (equal to 144 cubic inches). The reason behind using board foot instead of linear foot is that it applies to all boards independent of their width, whereas for linear foot pricing, all boards need to have the same width. Important is that board foot and linear foot are not confused. The amount of board foot in each board is calculated by multiplying its length (in feet), by its width (in feet), and its thickness (in inches). A 1"x6" board that is 8' long has 8x 1/2 x 1 or 4 board feet, but it has 8 linear feet. For more information on board foot check out the visual description of board foot . We also recommend reading this article to get familiar with lumberyard terminology.
3. I have some lumber to kiln-dry. When can I bring them to you and when would they go in the kiln?
A. We recommend to bring the lumber to us as early as possible. You can call or email us to arrange a time. Our upcoming kiln schedules are available here. You can check out our kiln-drying page for more information. If there are any other questions please contact us directly.
4. For your woodshop or sawmill services, can I wait there while my order is done?
A. It is sometimes possible. If we know ahead of time and can arrange an appointment, small jobs can be done while our clients wait.
5. What methods of payment do you accept?
A. You can pay cash, or by debit or credit card at the store. To make payments remotely, we accept e-transfer payments, and you can pay online or on the phone using your credit card if you prefer.
6. What size of lumber do you carry?
A. We usually sell the lumber in rough-cut state. Sometimes we have it skip-dressed to have a smooth surface and the grain is more visible. The most common thickness of lumber is 1" rough. We carry, or can order in, other thicknesses such as 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 2", and 2-1/2". Please note that unlike hardware stores we use actual sizes, so a 2"x4" board is actually 2" thick and 4" wide. An important point to know about commercial hardwood boards is that they come in random widths. Unlike softwood (such as spruce and pine), hardwood boards can have widths anywhere between 4" and 9" and come mixed in a bundle. The most common length of boards is 8', but we carry also 10' and 12'. For crafts and small projects we sometimes carry 4'-6' lengths at a lower price.
7. Is all your stock milled and dried by you?
A. The majority of our stock, especially the dimensional lumber, and all the exotic wood come from commercial wholesalers. They arrive here already milled and kiln-dried. However the main bulk of our live-edge slabs and rounds are from our own production, and have been milled and dried here.
8. We have cut down some trees. Could you help us making something out of them? How much does it cost?
A. Yes, we can help you with the whole process. Sometimes clients decide to use the lumber from their cut trees. This is often because the tree has sentimental value to them, other times when it is of a valuable wood type such as black walnut. We can arrange to have your log transported to our place and cut, dry, and shape them according to your needs. Processing wood this way can take a few months. If you decide to go this route please contact us and we can discuss the details. The cost will depend on the type and quantity of your wood, and also what you would like us to make out of them.
9. We have cut down some trees. Are you interested in buying our logs?
A. We occasionally buy logs from farmers and landowners in our area. High value lumber such as black walnut and cherry are more in demand. Good size hardwood logs (20"+ diameter) such as maple and oak are also interesting to us. We expect straight logs with sound quality (no rot or other defects). Trees that are uprooted by storm have usually inferior quality due to the defects caused by the force they sustained. Lengths of 8' to 12' are ideal. For pricing, we use the international log scale to determine the usable board feet of lumber in each log, and have different rates depending on the type of wood.