Timbers

We specialize in custom tallies of solid sawn timbers. Our timbers are chosen with special care to limit visual and structural defects.  

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Cypress

Uses: Beams, posts, and porch construction in a Timber frame home.

Appearance: Cypress sapwood is narrow and nearly white. Heartwood colors range from light yellowish brown to dark brownish red, brown, or chocolate.

Strength: Moderately heavy, moderately strong, moderately hard, and highly resistant to heartwood decay.

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Douglas Fir

Uses: All interior applications. This wood is an architect’s and engineer’s ideal choice for structural support, and as framing lumber in residential, light commercial, multistory and industrial construction.

Appearance: Its color is golden, light brown with hues of red and yellow, and dark reddish rings. With a straight grain pattern that’s refreshingly consistent, it has an excellent density.

Strength: Dimensionally stable and universally recognized for its superior strength-to-weight ratio, Douglas Fir’s high specific gravity provides excellent nail and plate-holding ability. The species also enjoys a documented superior performance against natural phenomena such as winds, storms and earthquakes.

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Eastern White Pine

Uses: Easily stained, planes well, and is a great wood for hand hewing. Pine is also a very stable wood, though it is less expensive than Douglas Fir, and so it is often used for the structure of residential timber frame homes.

Appearance: Has a good straight grain, similar in color to hemlock. Pale yellow with occasional reddish streaks.

Strength: Pine is not as strong as hemlock, cedar or fir, so it is not a good wood when long spans are required or when smaller beams are desired.

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Southern Yellow Pine

Uses: Competitively priced because of abundant timber supply, manufacturing expertise, and established market preference, the various species of Southern Yellow Pine appeal to architects because of its natural beauty.

Appearance: Yellow Pine offers a distinct grain pattern and an appealing golden color.

Strength: The strength of the southern yellow pine varies according to species, ranging from quite strong with over a decade of guaranteed durability to quite susceptible to insect and other decay.

Note: Southern Pine is an abundant and renewable resource, growing in a vast band across the Southern United States from East Texas to Virginia. Nearly 400 manufacturers produce Southern Pine lumber, making it readily available.

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Western Red Cedar

Uses: There are few more versatile building materials than Western Red Cedar, which is ideal both for indoor and outdoor uses.

Appearance: Red Cedar produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. It is free from pitch and its heartwood has natural decay resistance.

Strength: Its low density gives it an insulation value superior to most other species. Light weight, easy to work, easy to finish, possessing outstanding dimensional stability, Western Red Cedar is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.

 Sustainability: Western Red Cedar is one of North America’s great renewable resources. Slow growing and naturally durable, Western Red Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood.

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White Oak

Uses: Timbers have exceptional steam bending qualities, responding to precise heat application with a very small radius of curvature. The timber also works well with ordinary tools to produce clean, bored holes. The wood has satisfactory gluing qualities.

 Strength: White Oak resists decay for decades, and is even relied upon in moist environments for its protective ability. It’s a strong wood able to be used for furniture, interiors, cabinets, and structural support.

 Appearance: Its sapwood is whitish to light brown in color, and is variable in width. Its Heartwood is variable in color, and ranges from light tan or pale yellow brown to pale or dark brown. The wood may also have a pinkish tinge. Variations in color and grain are reported to be considerable, but not as pronounced as in red oak. The grain is described as open, with rays that are longer than those in red oak. There are occasional crotches, swirls and burls, and plain sawn boards have plumed or flare-grained appearance. The grain pattern is tighter than in other woods; the figure is usually lower in rift sawn lumber. Quarter sawn material often has a flake pattern which is sometimes referred to as tiger rays or butterflies. The wood is medium to coarse textured. There is no distinctive odor or taste.

All timbers are available in finished surfaces of hand-hewn, rough sawn and smooth sanded. S4S timbers are milled to 1/2″ under size. Additional sizes and species may be available. Please call or email for sizes and options. If you have a timber tally, email or fax it to 828.264.4770.

Learn more about our timber species by jumping right onto our species selection page, detailing further structural and shaping aspects of our timbers to guide your decision.