Balsam (Abies Amabilis)
Characteristics: Relatively light, no odor.
Uses: Its neutral aroma makes Balsam ideal for great food related products such as cutting boards, flatware, dishware and Japanese Bento boxes. Balsam also carries similar characteristics with Hemlock and is often sorted with Hemlock, especially in smaller diameter logs.
Cedar: Yellow (Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis)
Characteristics: Strong, durable, very flexible, fine grained, distinctive aroma, impressive resistance to decay and moisture, as well a natural repellent for insects.
Uses: Traditionally sought after for Temple construction, boat building, exterior and interior millwork. Also used for exterior products such as decking and fencing.
Cedar: Western Red (Thuja Plicata)
Characteristics: Red in colour, strong resistance to decay, pleasant aroma, acoustic qualities, generally second growth, although old growth can be sourced.
Uses: Musical instruments, saunas, Japanese soaking tubs, heavy duty exterior products such as fencing, decking, rails and balconies.
Douglas Fir (Psudotsuga Menziesii)
Characteristics: Strong durable, versatile.
Uses: Often selected for structural foundations such as beams, main framing, doors, stairwells and flooring.
Hemlock (Tsuga Heterophyla)
Characteristics: Very strong, dense, easy to work with.
Uses: The strength and security of Hemlock makes this product an excellent choice for stairs, rails, doors and windows.
Spruce: Sitka (Picea Sitchensis)
Characteristics: Light, incredible acoustic capacities, exceptional strength to weight ratio as it is recognized as one of the strongest softwood offerings.
Uses: Musical instruments such as violins, guitars and pianos. Also used in Temple construction and cabinetry.
Spruce: White (Picea Glauca)
Characteristics: Similar to Sitka Spruce in strength, but is set apart by it’s clean esthetic and white colour.
Uses: Most White Spruce is manufactured into interior products such as framing and decorations.