‘Dou­glas Fir’ soft­wood from Cana­dian Wood

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Dou­glas fir is one of the best known wood species in the world. In Bri­tish Columbia, there are two va­ri­eties — coastal and in­te­rior. The ‘coastal’ va­ri­ety is found along the south­ern main­land coast and across Van­cou­ver Is­land, ex­cept for the very north­ern tip. The ‘in­te­rior’ va­ri­ety is found through­out south­ern Bri­tish Columbia, and as far north as the cen­tre of the prov­ince. Dou­glas fir is pri­mar­ily used for build­ing and con­struc­tion pur­poses due to its strength and avail­abil­ity of large di­men­sions from old-growth trees. It is one of the finest tim­bers for heavy struc­tural pur­poses, in­clud­ing lam­i­nated arches and roof trusses. Struc­turally, it is used in the form of lum­ber, tim­bers and ply­wood. It is also used for the man­u­fac­tur­ing of sashes, doors and win­dows, and to pro­duce a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts in­clud­ing gen­eral mill­work, floor­ing, fur­ni­ture, cab­i­nets, ve­neer and poles. In sim­pler terms, it means that it is tough and durable. It can han­dle heavy load with­out bend­ing or buck­ling. These are im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions when you’re build­ing a glu­lam beam struc­ture or a pre-fab­ri­cated home. Dou­glas fir is also known for be­ing very di­men­sion­ally sta­ble; when it ex­pands and con­tracts due to mois­ture in the en­vi­ron­ment (as all types of wood do), it holds its shape bet­ter than most species. Fur­ther­more, it has a light, rosy colour that is unique so one can sim­ply seal it with a clean fin­ish and leave its nat­u­ral colour ex­posed. If a dif­fer­ent tone is re­quired, Dou­glas fir is also known for hold­ing all types of stains, fin­ishes, and paints very well. It’s no se­cret that Dou­glas fir is a su­pe­rior wood choice for doors meant for the in­doors. They add nat­u­ral beauty to the in­te­rior de­sign of any home, and are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of styles to suit the decor. Avail­able in styles with a sin­gle-wood panel to as many as six wood pan­els, ev­ery Dou­glas fir door is crafted with a ver­ti­cal grain.

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