Suppliers in the UK
Canada has a centuries-old tradition of trade in timber with the UK and commercial relationships which began many decades ago continue to this day. Those relationships ensure a ready availability in the UK of wood from the vast, sustainable and legally harvested Canadian forest resource and in some cases of a quality which is only available from indigenous tree species which have grown in their natural habitat.
As a specifier or consumer, for anything other than commodity softwood, the best place to start is with a specialist timber merchant, even if, as a consumer, the quantities you require are not large.
Specialist stockists of Canadian timber will first of all, and most importantly, be able to tell you what is available. Secondly, they will have a thorough understanding of the material and will be able to explain the different commercial grades, what characteristics are permitted within those grades and their suitability for particular end uses and to ensure they meet your expectations.
What do they supply?
The majority of pan-Canadian production by volume is represented by softwood in the form of strength-graded spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) dimension lumber. Supply in the UK is variable, so always check what is currently available before specifying. Being a commodity product, trade is heavily influenced by both local and global market conditions and contingent on currency exchange rates.
Of the higher-value speciality timbers, from the forests of British Columbia in western Canada come the notable softwoods Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar and yellow cedar. From eastern Canada and the mixed temperate forests of Quebec, Ontario and The Maritimes it is the hardwoods including the quintessentially Canadian maples together with the speciality softwoods Quebec yellow pine/eastern white pine and eastern white cedar.
In addition to dimension lumber there is also a long history of trade in customary UK dimensions of construction softwood including hem-fir and Douglas fir, strength-graded to BS 4978 and, of course, not forgetting Douglas fir plywood available as overlaid panels for concrete formwork and with a clear natural face understandably popular with architects and interior designers.
The ‘added-value’ products – not all of which will be available in the UK and of those which are some are only traded commercially – range from furniture components and flooring ‘blanks’ through solid and engineered pre-finished hardwood flooring, hardwood pre-finished flooring generally the most commonly available, to engineered wood products from wood I-joists to glulam beams for construction to factory-engineered wood-frame homes.
Suppliers in Canada
For products at source, follow the links to individual Canada Wood UK partner association web sites where you will find details of their member companies and in some cases lists of their products with, for more comprehensive product information and current export market involvement, links to their own web sites.
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