Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockey!

Gordie Howe is 83 today… and the same day, once described as the most electrifying skater ever, “The Russian Rocket” Pavel Bure celebrates his 40th birthday.  But what’s the fuss about age anyway?  As Major League Baseball gets set to throw out the first pitch we’re reminded that ol’ Satchel Paige said “Age is a case of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it don’t matter!”

MSR Production

The MSR Producers Council, in their March 2011 Newsletter “MSR Council Matters,” published results of their Annual Production Survey.  The Annual Production Survey is the only one of its kind to track MSR lumber production by species, grade, and size.  The survey responses for 2010 were from 28 MSR producers in the U.S. and Canada.

I found it interesting to see that MSR production (probably like all other grades) is down in recent years.  After peaking in 2005, overall production declined, hitting a low point in 2009.  In 2010, Douglas Fir-Larch and Southern Yellow Pine production increased, while SPF and Hem-Fir remained virtually unchanged.


China’s Coming Collapse?

“For all the talk of China’s economic might, skeptics are gathering force. Over the past year, a growing number of analysts and investors have argued all is not as it appears in the Middle Kingdom. What they see instead is a government desperately priming the pump to maintain an illusion of prosperity.”

Read the full article in Canadian Business Magazine here

Good ol’ Satch!

Spring training… when baseball players and lumber traders get primed for seasonal action!

Satchel Paige said, “It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.”  A lumber trader was heard to say that an order here and there has the same effect.  Satchel no doubt would have more words of encouragement for us if he were alive today – at 105!  Check out more of his quotes here.

Joe Dimaggio called Satchel Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.”

A mixture of fact and embellishment, Satchel’s stories are legion and form a rich array of often-repeated folklore. On many occasions he would pull in the outfielders to sit behind the mound while he proceeded to strike out the side with the tying run on base.

Was it a Wholesale Lumber Office Calling?

Did you know?

On this date in – March 24, 1883 – it is recorded that the first telephone call took place between New York and Chicago.  We have no way of confirming whether or not the call was initiated by a wholesale lumber trader offering attractive service and quality products.  We’re pretty much left with the assumption that it was a cold call.

Wood Construction – New Heights

“It’s a new concept in BC, where the building code was changed in 2009 to permit six storeys of wood frame construction as part of the BC government’s wood-first initiative.  As well, the 2009 Wood First Act requires wood to be considered as the primary building material in all new publicly funded buildings.”

New three-building condominium project in Richmond, BC


Ordering Lumber from a Catalogue?

When the village of Yarrow, BC was established in 1928 (where my grandparents resettled from the prairies in 1939), the wood for this house and three others was ordered from a catalogue.  The boxcar was  shipped by the BC Electric Railway and spotted near the Yarrow Station on Wilson Road.  The lumber arrived “mixed up,” loose loaded – and took several trips by horses and wagons to get the right pieces to the right place… probably supplied by a full-service lumber wholesaler?!

Plans that came with the order