Douglas Fir wood is one of the main species in West Coast Timberframing. Due to its strength it is the backbone of many superstructures. A species which is found in the Pacific Northwest, and local to Vancouver Island is also renowned for its beauty. It’s a wood that has a light orange hue in its heartwood with a white sapwood.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar is the species that is used mostly in exterior construction due to its incredible resistance to decay. We use 100%
salvaged cedar wood on the West Coast which is considered some of the most beautiful wood in the world. It is not as strong as some of the
other woods and therefore larger dimensions or smaller load spans need to be factored in during the designing process.
The colour range of Cedar is amazing. From chocolate brown to strawberry to vanilla, one piece can look so delicious you want to
taste it! The natural oils which prevent the decay are incredibly fragrant and a house/structure smells as good as it looks. As with
the other species, when oiled the wood grain glows.
Yellow Cedar is another fantastic local species that is used both structurally and decoratively. Again, it’s rot resistant, fragrant and has incredible beauty when finished and oiled. It is very light in colour and has a beautiful contrast with its little dark knots.
Pacific Yew Wood
Yew wood is a very slow growing tree which we only use if we find a piece that has fallen in a storm or left behind after hasty logging practices. It is used as highlights, furniture and as small stand alone projects. Again, very beautiful when finished and oiled.
Western Hemlock is similar to Douglas Fir in strength and looks but is under-realized in the industry partly due to its inability to resist decay. However it must be used inside, although it’s best used when seasoned or dried, as it does move more that other species as it acclimatizes to interior living.