Oregon has many different species of hardwoods. Madrone, Myrtle, Chinkapin,Oregon Ash, Pacific Bigleaf Maple, Red Alder, Tan Oak, Oregon White Oak, California Black Oak are the ones used commercially.
Pacific Madrone is one of our favorite woods. We process over 500,000 bf of Madrone annually. Our primary dimension is 4/4 but when we have higher quality logs we saw thicker lumber in one or more of our sawmills. We have limited amounts of 5/4,6/4 available and are working on thicker material. Due to the difficulty in drying Madrone we will not be processing anything over 2 inches thick.
Pacific Madrone is a beautiful wood that is used for Hardwood Flooring , Furniture, and Cabinetry. Our dry kilns are are among the very few in Oregon that are specifically designed to dry Hardwood Lumber. Most dry kilns in Oregon are designed to dry softwoods and will damage Hardwoods. All of our lumber is kiln dried to 6% to 8% moisture content. this is very important for Furniture, Flooring and Cabinetry. If wood shrinks after it is made into a product it will leave unsightly gaps in the joinery or strips of flooring.