for Timber Frame Homes
Our location in the interior of British Columbia, Canada provides a selection of logs
unsurpassed worldwide. Only premium quality logs are hand selected from trees growing at high elevations.
These trees experience slower growth rates, resulting in a higher structural value due to tighter annual growth rings.
In addition to strength, each log is hand selected based on straightness of grain and consistency of size.
WOOD SPECIES: Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is a very strong wood with a rich reddish heartwood.
Generally tight growth rings, straight grain, medium heavy with good resistance to mildew and fungus.
Due to its high strength, Fir is the perfect choice for timber frame homes.
Also known as Coast Douglas-fir, Oregon Pine, Oregon Douglas-fir, Douglas
Tree, Interior Douglas-fir.
This is not a fir at all but 'Pseudotsuga' or "False Hemlock"
Named after the Scottish botanist, David Douglas, who introduced many of
BC's native conifers to Europe.
- distinctive three-forked bracts between the scales on the cones
- light yellow with orange tints to exterior of peeled logs
- tight grain, redish brown interior heart wood
- British Columbia southern mainland coast, Vancouver Island
- an interior variety is found throughout southern and central BC
- can reach up to 85 meters in height on the coast and 42 meters in the
- dense, hard, stiff, durable, strong
- modern - heavy duty construction such as log homes, trestles, bridge parts
and commercial buildings
- traditional - wood: fuel, fishing hooks, handles, snowshoes,
boughs: floor coverings; seeds: eaten; twigs/needles: can exude a sugar like
substance which was prized
- 5 to 11 cm long
- green when young, turning to brown as they age
- papery scales, with three pronged bracts (resembling mouse hind legs and
tail) in between them
- have winged seeds
- seeds are eaten by birds and small animals
- flat with pointed tips
- bright yellowish-green with single groove on upper surface
- paler colour on lower surface
- spirally arranged so appear to stand out around the twig
- smooth, grey-brown, blistered when young
- furrowed, thick, dark reddish-brown ridges as the tree ages
- bears scrape off the bark to eat the sap layer beneath
QUICK/EASY ID (identification) for DOUGLAS FIR:
- cones: forked
- needles: flat, fragrant, friendly (the boughs are soft to the touch when
you run your hand up and down)
- bark: furrowed
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