The rustic and homey feel of exposed beam building is due in part to Douglas Fir lumber. This tree is a native North American tree found in the Rocky Mountains and West Coast areas. For the likes of J. Gibson McIlvain, only Douglas Fir trees from western Canada and the Pacific Northwest U.S. will do. They buy Douglas Fir for the strong towering trees found in those regions. Direct from regional mills, this lumber is high both in quality as well as in quantity, making it a best seller at J. Gibson McIlvain Lumber Company.
Shrugging the name of Fir, the Douglas Fir is actually in the Hemlock family. After the air and kiln drying process, this type of lumber is exceptionally stable with few defects. Combined with its smooth grain, this makes Douglas Fir a top pick for saunas. The constant moisture will not warp these boards while still lending an air of luxury.
The other applications Douglas Firs occur in most are exposed beams and framing. These uses require long, straight and strong piece of lumber. The Douglas Fir is a very tall tree with a straight grain and very even color. The creamy yellow tones dip into reddish brown for an overall orange coloration. Rustic interior paneling and exterior siding are also uses of this up and coming star.
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J. Gibson McIlvain keeps a warehouse on the west coast for Douglas Fir. Shipments across the U.S. are common and timely. They have a variety of lengths stored in their east coast locations (Baltimore & Connecticut) as well. If you need Douglas Fir, McIlvain can get it for you.
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