Materials we build with:
The main wood species we use are Douglas Fir and Larch.
We source our wood from the Harrop Procter Community Forest in the Kootenay Region of BC. The HP Community Forest is operated under an ecosystem based plan, developed by renowned Forester and Ecologist Herb Hammond. This enabled the local community to fulfill the goal of protecting their watershed, while operating a Co-Op run sawmill, providing local jobs. While the wood we purchase may be a little more expensive than if we sourced it from clear-cut forestry operations, environmental sutainability is paramount to us and the carefully selected product we receive from the community forest is second to none in quality. Our wood is winter logged, when the trees are holding the least amount of moisure and the ground is frozen.
Even though Douglas Fir is considered a softwood, it is a very hard and heavy wood species, ideal for structural purposes such as timber frames and heavy timber roof structures, for panelling, flooring and even furniture.
Larch has a higher resin content and is very rot resitant. We therefore often use Larch as exterior siding.