All posts by Jacob Bushnell


Rough cut timbers is one of the mainstays of Timberland Wood Products. We saw most of our timbers to a 2 and better, select for appearance. FOHC (free of heart center) timbers are a preferred cut, because removing the center of the log out of the cut timber minimizes the twisting and checking that naturally occurs during the drying process, especially in pieces 6″ and smaller. We do our best to cut all pieces 6×6 and smaller FOHC. In larger pieces FOHC is available by request, and for a higher price, as long as the logs on hand make it physically possible to do so. We cut to 1/8″ increments, and guarantee +/- 1/8″ accuracy.   Our mill capacities are 24” wide, by 30’ long, and our standard species are Douglas fir, larch and cedar. Our kiln chambers will accept up to 25′, and we do offer kiln drying on our timbers.

boat hull

Canoes / Boats

Have a boat project you are ready to start on? Or maybe just dreaming of a cedar strip canoe? Wooden boats are a rewarding project, we can help you make that dream a reality. Give us a call, and let us help you begin! We have been providing long clear cedar for strip canoes for years already, and long clear larch is used for yacht building.


Exterior Siding

We offer a variety of siding profiles, as well as cutting to your specific need. Shiplap, Channel, Cove, T&G, board and batten, lap siding and more, can all be run for you out of our different species of lumber. 10″ board and 3″ battons have been a popular selling barn siding out of cedar, while we also offer a low cost 8″ board and 4″ batton out of Douglas Fir/Larch for barns. There is many an old barn that can testify to the years that douglas fir and larch lumber will last with no treatment. In fact, we can help you concoct a solution that will imitate the aged look within minutes! Just make an order, and we will give you the recipe. But for those of you who want a more up-to-date look, of course we recommend using a qualified stain. UV guard, by Weatherall Northwest is our personal favorite. We keep fascia and trim in stock in 1×4 through 1×10 in Cedar and Douglas Fir/Larch. Our S1S2E (surfaced one side and two edges) has a band sawn texture. We surface our lumber first, then run it under a band saw to get a fresh sawn texture.

douglas fir on hillside


Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) also known as Oregon pine or Douglas spruce, is an evergreen conifer species native to western North America. Not actually a true fir, it is closely related to the hemlock tree, which is also native to the Pacific Northwest. We offer both the inland and coastal variaties, which have some small distinctions between them. Widely used as framing lumber, in plywood and engineered products such as glue-lam timbers, BCI joists, etc., Douglas Fir is one of the most important species to the local timber industry. It is commonly grouped with Western Larch in the industry because of the similarities between the two species in strength and appearance.

We have been cutting Douglas-fir timbers for as long as we have been in the business. The wood is blonde or light brown, with slightly darker knots. It is resinous, and needs to have the resin (pitch) “set” in the kiln before being used in interior applications. Its clear grades have been used for many years already in ship building and for flooring. Vertical grain or quarter-sawn lumber has a timeless beauty, and has held high respect in the international market for decades.

Cut to Order

Many of the things we cut do not fit any classification. Planks, odd sizes, or whatever your needs are, we can make it happen! Our policy of charging on exact dimensions has been developed because of all our odd-sized orders. We have had multiple orders for wide beam wrapping, 1″ by up to 18″ wide to clad unsightly timbers or glue-lams. Stair parts, custom deck pieces, pergola pieces, to name a few more. We offer hand-hewing texture on many different sizes of boards, as well as our timbers. Call and let us give you a quote, it may not be as bad as you think!

Peeled Logs

You can also buy the logs before we saw them! We offer peeled logs, sized and cut to your specification. Or you can peel them yourself, and just buy the log from us. Partial machining, of course, is available also. One narrow flat edge, two-sided, or round, just tell us and we will make it to your specification. Character logs, swell-butted posts, and large ridge-poles are all possibilities.

larch trees

Western Larch

Western larch (Larix occidentalis) is a species of larch native to the Pacific Northwest. The largest of the larches, it is the most important species of its genus. Larches are a deciduous conifer, meaning that while they have cones and needles like the evergreen trees around them, they turn yellow and lose their needles every year like their leafy cousins. The larch turning color on the mountains is a beautiful sight, one that those living in their habitat get to witness year by year. While intolerant of shade and swampy ground, it is highly tolerant of fire, and will live for centuries under the right conditions. Like the White Pine, it has suffered a regression in the more recent years in inland northwest, being replaced by Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, and some other shorter lived species that are less tolerant of fire. One of the possible reasons for this phenomena is our fire control, made necessary by our living in close proximity to our large forests. The largest known Western Larch is about 7′ through, and over 150′ tall, located in Seeley Lake, Montana.

As a lumber, Western Larch is grouped (and sold) with Douglas Fir because of its similarity in color, workability and strength. In many cases, it takes an experience woodworker to tell the difference between Western Larch and Douglas Fir in the lumber, even though in the tree it is quite simple to tell the difference. Its lumber is very straight grained, resinous, and a yellowish golden color.

We have cut select grades of Western Larch for years, trying to “rescue” the big, old logs on their way to the dimensional mill, or worse, the pulp mills for paper! Our flagship boat project was cut out of old-growth larch logs, and at its best it has a timeless beauty that is hard to surpass.

Western white pine

Western White Pine/Idaho White Pine (Pinus monticola)

We prefer to call this species Idaho White Pine, for obvious reasons. 🙂 This is a beautiful tree with an interesting history. Prior to European settlement of this area, it was the most abundant tree in our forests, but its numbers have shrunk to less than 7% of its volume just 40 years ago. The main culprit is a blister rust that was accidentally imported in 1910 on French white pine ornamental shrubs. Efforts have been and are being made to help the species generate a natural resistance to the disease, but forests are not altered greatly in a few short years. Likely there will not be a significant comeback of the species in our lifetime, and probably there will never be the volumes that used to live in the Idaho forests. Today in the Idaho panhandle White Pine are harvested mainly when mixed species forest are harvested from State, private and Federal lands. There are just a handful of mills left who run exclusive White Pine runs.

Here in our small town of Bonners Ferry, our Idaho Department of Lands office has a stand of these beautiful trees planted in front, as part of that re-forestation effort. I have enjoyed watching those trees grow for well over 20 years.

White pine is a soft, straight fibered wood with a milk-white color and red/brown knots. The logs are beautifully straight and round, the bark thin and smooth, and they are a joy to saw. The knotty grades make some of the best paneling that can be found in the Pacific northwest.

Western Paper Birch

Paper Birch Betula papyrifera is a species of birch native to northern North America. It is the provincial tree of Saskatchewan and the state tree of New Hampshire.

Paper Birch is a small, short lived variety of the birches. There is a scattering of these trees in our local forests, often found in wet or swampy areas or near meadows. Most trees are too small and crooked to make good sawlogs, and nearly all of the birch harvested in the Inland Northwest is used as firewood. Its smoke has a light, pleasant smell that works well for barbequing.

Beautiful lumber can be made out of the logs that are large enough to saw, and we sell a few thousand board feet each year. As the only hardwood that grows in the area, it has a fan club here who uses it for flooring, cabinets, and other visual applications. Paper Birch is substantially softer than its European cousin Silver Birch (910 on the Janka scale versus 1210) but is sufficiently hard to wear well for flooring, and it variegated brown and white makes for a striking aesthetic.