Snow Continues to Fall in the PNW

For over the past week, our region has been hit with an unusual amount of snow and freezing weather, which has made it difficult for travel, by our employees, vendors and customers.  We continue to watch carefully and are working limited hours, but checking emails regularly.

Western Red cedar arbor in snow

Getting our Cedar products in an out have proven to be a challenge.  However, we were able to get a nice shipment of custom, Clear Western Red Cedar siding out to a customer in California yesterday.

We ship Western Red Cedar building materials nationwide

Western red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar lumber sales

Wishing all our customers and vendors safe travels and hope you enjoy slowing down just a little to enjoy what Mother Nature has brought us.

Western Red Cedar timbers and Alaskan Yellow Cedar fencing


**Pricing Update** Cedar Shingles and Shakes imported from Canada

Things are still being sorted out regarding the softwood agreement and imposed tariffs by the US on Canadian softwood imports.  The last softwood agreement between our two countries was signed in 2006, and as of date, a new agreement has not been put in place.

Initially it appeared that coniferous shingles and shakes were not part of the expired agreement and pricing has stayed somewhat stable.  However, just days ago, the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection have determined that coniferous shingles and shakes were part of this agreement and are now subject to the increased tariffs.

Today we received notice that all of the Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles and Shakes we import from Canada have increased in price 20 – 25%.  Due to this, we are unable honor any previous quotes on Cedar Shingles or Shakes.

For current pricing, please contact our sales staff

We can be reached at 360.757.6343 or by emailing

Western Red Cedar Shingles subject to new duties and tariffs

Canada has submitted a request for a meeting with the World Trade Organization to assist in the dispute with the US and Canada lumber softwood exports.  However, due to the strong demand from the rise in new housing in the US and tight supply, Canadian softwood lumber producers don’t appear to be concerned too much and prices are expected to be high on all Canadian grown coastal Cedar and other imported softwoods throughout 2018.

For more information, please see the latest developments by clicking HERE

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Ninzan Studio Alaskan Yellow Cedar Gate

Prized for its work-ability and cool yellow tone, Alaskan Yellow Cedar (also known as Alaskan Cypress or Pacific Coast Cypress), has the same insect, rot and decay repelling tannis and oils as Western Red Cedar, but is heavier and more dense, which gives it more strength.  This rare and remarkably beautiful softwood is only grown in the Pacific coast region of North America, but is not a true “Cedar” species.

Located in Sarasota, Florida, our Instagram friends at Ninzan Studio,were contracted recently to construct and install gates to match an existing fence made from Alaska Yellow Cedar.  When they were unable to find the products they needed in their local market, they contacted us to help them with their project.   We shipped them the materials they needed, and combined with their superior craftsmanship, the new gates turned out beautifully!

Ninzan Studio makes a custom gate out of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, which is also called Pacific Coast Cypress

Clear, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is milled into pickets for a custom gate in Florida

Alaskan Yellow Cedar custom gates in Sarasota Florida

Clear, Alaskan Yellow Cedar custom cut gate pickets

Yellow Cedar Custom Gate

If you are on Instagram, be sure to give Ninzan Studio a follow!  And, before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We supply superior quality Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building materials to homeowners and contractors nationwide at very competitive rates!


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US and Canada Softwood Lumber Tariff Still in Dispute

After months of guessing when the US and Canada would come to an agreement on a the duties and tariffs associated with softwood lumber, it is believed that the final duty rates will range from 10 percent to 24 percent.  This is a bit lower than what our industry expected.  Most mills and importers were expecting as much as 30% increase.

Read more about the history of the Canada–United States softwood lumber dispute, which has been going on since the 80’s, HERE

“This tariff only adds to the burden by harming housing affordability and artificially boosting the price of lumber,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “It is nothing more than a thinly-disguised tax on American home buyers, home builders and consumers.”

Canada says they will appeal this decision.  Please read more HERE

Truck of Western Red Cedar

Because of this on going dispute, we do our very best to honor any price quotes to the best of our ability, however, all material is subject to prior sale and pricing is subject to change on all our softwood lumber.

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UPDATE – 12/05

After the US announced its final decision on the Canadian softwood tariff in early November, our friends to the North aren’t very happy are launching litigation via the World Trade Organization over anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

Read more HERE


Finishing Western Red Cedar to Preserve its Natural Color

Left untreated, your Western Red Cedar (or Alaskan Yellow Cedar) will naturally weather to a silvery grey.  Especially in coastal areas where a “beachy” look is desired or by those concerned with applying finishes, this is a beautiful, natural choice.  Due to the unique inherent properties of Cedar, as long as proper installation and maintenance procedures are followed, it will perform satisfactorily for many years left untreated.

Should your desire be to maintain the natural color of freshly milled Western Red Cedar (or Alaskan Yellow Cedar), a finish should be applied as soon as possible.  Ideally, this would be done prior to installation.  This helps protect the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, as well a job site dirt pick-up and mold and mildew.  Read more about this process HERE

Used to preserve the Cedar’s natural color and appearance, transparent or semi-transparent solvent borne penetrating stains are recommended.  Transparent stains are similar in composition to semi-transparent stains, but contain fewer pigments which provide color. Generally speaking, the more pigment in the stain, the more ultra violet light protection it provides.  When choosing a product, remember, “you get what you pay for”.  Quality stains will have fungicides included to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew to help protect your Cedar, as well as higher quality UV protectors.

We currently offer in our store, and recommend Ultra Premium Penofin Red Label Stains.


Depending on whether you use a transparent or semi-transparent stain, they will require re-finishing.  Service life will vary greatly depending on product used, the amount of pigment and UV protectants, intensity of sunlight, moisture and the surface texture the stain was applied to (stains last longer on textured surfaces than on smooth ones).

To date, some manufacturers have developed water based stains with moderate success, however they do not last as long or perform as well as the traditional solvent borne stains.  As our market place continues to move toward using products that are more environmentally friendly due to consumer demand, we expect to see some amazing things coming our way soon!

Film forming finishes such as lacquer, shellac, urethane and/or varnish are NOT recommended for use on Western Red Cedar (or Alaskan Yellow Cedar) for exterior use.  Regardless of the number of coats applied, the finish will eventually become brittle, crack and peel, leaving the wood exposed.  They are also extremely difficult to remove.

For on-site application, penetrating stains may be applied by brush, sprayer, pad or roller.  Since the stain is generally thin and watery, it is recommended to always back brush and do not allow the stain to pool on any surface.  During application, be sure to stir the stain to prevent the color pigments from settling.  The drier the Cedar, the more stain it can absorb.  Use caution when staining “green” or unseasoned wood as too not over apply stain.  Over application can cause surface film that becomes sticky that dirt adheres to.

It is recommended that all four sides of each piece of Cedar are stained before installation.  A second field coat of stain is recommended, but only if the wood will accept a second coat.  For “green” or unseasoned wood, or that to be installed horizontally (such as decking), it is generally best to wait a few months to apply that second coat in place.

Cedar Sofit Stain Recommendation

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

We ship nationwide!


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Howell Deck – Hat Island

We recently received these pictures of our customer’s project out on Hat Island.   They purchased the 2×6 Knotty Alaskan Yellow Cedar Decking from us last summer and recently completed the main floor deck.  As there is no ferry service to Hat Island, the customer arranged transportation with a local barge company to get him, his truck and his decking over to the Island a little bit at a time.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar is an ideal choice for decking in the Pacific Northwest climate. Naturally resistant to rot and decay, it was used by West Coast Indian tribes for canoes and totem poles.  In today’s market place, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is sought out for boat building, structural framing, siding, decking and roofing.  Due to its ease of work ability, it is also used for intricate carvings and in making musical instruments.

We hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures of the Howell’s lovely new deck and the view from their little piece of heaven out on Hat Island.


2x6 knotty alaskan yellow cedar decking installation

Knotty Yellow Cedar Decking for Sale

Alaska Yellow Cedar handrail

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Decking and Railing is ideal for damp climates

Weathered Alaskan Yellow Cedar Decking

This Alaskan Yellow Cedar was not treated and will be left to grey out, which is perfect for this beautiful Island setting.  The integrity of the wood is not compromised in any way if left untreated.

In addition to Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Western Red Cedar decking, we also offer hardwoods decking, such as our Red Balau “Mahogany”, as well as man-made composites including Azek, Timbertech and Zometek.


Before your next project, be sure to visit us ~ we ship nationwide!


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Why Are Cedar Prices Going Up?

You may have been surprised by the recent and/or impending price increases on Western Red Cedar lately.   This has been caused by a large trade dispute between Canada and the U.S. that has been going on since the 80’s on all softwoods imported from Canada.  Not only is this effecting Western Red Cedar, it also affects Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Douglas Fir, Pine and a host of other softwoods.

“Canada–United States softwood lumber dispute” Wikipedia

The Canada–U.S.A softwood lumber dispute is one of the largest and most enduring trade disputes between both nations.[1] This conflict was given rise in the early 1980s and its effects are still seen today. British Columbia, the major Canadian exporter of softwood lumber to the United States, was most affected, reporting losses of 9,494 direct and indirect jobs between 2004 and 2009.[2]

The heart of the dispute is the claim that the Canadian lumber industry is unfairly subsidized by federal and provincial governments, as most timber in Canada is owned by the provincial governments. The prices charged to harvest the timber are set administratively, rather than through the competitive marketplace, the norm in the United States. In the United States, softwood lumber lots are privately owned, and the owners form an effective political lobby. The United States claims that the Canadian arrangement constitutes an unfair subsidy, and is thus subject to U.S. trade remedy laws, where foreign trade benefiting from subsidies can be subject to a countervailing duty tariff, to offset the subsidy and bring the price of the commodity back up to market rates.

The Canadian government and lumber industry dispute this assertion, based on a number of factors, including that Canadian timber is provided to such a wide range of industries, and that lack of specificity makes it ineligible to be considered a subsidy under U.S. law. Under U.S. trade remedy law, a countervailable subsidy must be specific to a particular industry. This requirement precludes imposition of countervailing duties on government programs, such as roads, that are meant to benefit a broad array of interests. Since 1982, there have been four major iterations of the dispute.

For more information on why there has not been a resolution on this, and pricing is going up, we invite you to read this story from Global News published last Fall.

There is, unfortunately, little information regarding what is being done to come to an agreement on the importing of softwoods from Canada; the current deal has expired, and the marketplace is bracing for significant price increases.  Most companies implemented some price increases on February 1, 2017.

Because of this, we are doing our very best to honor any price quotes to the best of our ability, however, all material is subject to prior sale and pricing is subject to change on a daily basis as this shakes out.

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UPDATE – May 2, 2017

Here is a great article on who the 20% imposed tariff would affect the most and the approximate cost on a new home published by The Hill

UPDATE – August 1, 2017

Canadians are “Hopeful” for a softwood deal with US this month.  Read more HERE

UPDATE – November 7, 2017

Canada to dispute decision on the softwood agreement with the US.  The U.S.          International Trade Commission will make a final rule on the issue by Dec. 18.  Read more HERE