TrueWood's forest is a second growth forest with 65% Douglas-fir, 20% Western Hemlock, 10% Western Red Cedar and 5% Red Alder. Our main products are poles, sawlogs, peelers, timbers and custom cut lumber.
Douglas-fir is Canada's largest conifer, reaching heights of up to 80m on coastal deep and moist sites. It is a dominant species with distinctive thick reddish-brown bark that grows in pure and mixed stands. Douglas-fir is the strongest of BC's softwoods. It is characterized by strength, stiffness and durability. Spring and summer wood have a pronounced difference in colour which results in a distinctive grain pattern when the log is flat sawn.
Douglas-fir seasons well and rapidly, dries evenly and remains straight and true with neglegible checking or distortion. It has many uses especially in the construction and engineering sector, but also as poles, pilings, and railway ties. Its surface appearance and easy workability make it very attractive as decorative interior and furniture wood.
Western red cedar is confined in Canada to BC's coast or to the wet belts of BC's interior. It reaches heights of 60m on the coast when mature. As a slow growing, naturally durable tree, it has the longest life span of any tree in British Columbia's coastal forest. Its naturally occurring fungicidal compounds in the wood, called thujuplicins produce the wood's decay resistance, fine grade and rich colouring.
Light in weight, and with a soft texture, western red cedar is an extremely dimentional stable wood that seasons easily and quickly with low shrinkage factor. Western red cedar is commonly used for poles, exposed beams, decks, fences, outdoor furnitures, exterior siding, roof tiles, interior wall and ceiling panelling, windows and doors.
Western hemlock grows normally 30-50m tall and has a rather narrow crown and conspicuously drooping new growth at the top of the tree. It is dominant in the forest, an excellent regenerator as it is shade tolerant and thrives in mixed stands throughout coast and interior wet belts. In dense stands it develops long clear stems that produce large amounts of clear lumber.
It has a fine texture and straight uniform grain. Air drying and kiln drying are both effective ways to season hemlock. Once dry, the wood is stable. It hardens gradually as it dries and ages. Hemlock's versitility for widespread use in the construction and secondary remanufacturing industry derives from its desirable physical properties and attractive appearance.