Spotlight: West Wind Hardwood

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Client Visits, Industry News by Comments Off on Spotlight: West Wind Hardwood

Rumin Mann

West Wind Hardwood is a family owned and operated custom wood business located in Sidney on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. For over 35 years, customers have counted on them for fine quality wood & specialty plywood. Their experienced team offers custom wood milling services; including wood floors and architectural millwork.  Their flexibility and diverse products and services allows them to tackle almost any project. Whether a customer requires a mantel or stair treads to complement their wood floor, or rough lumber simply dimensioned to their specs, they can help.

They are one of the companies that participates in the Specifiers Program and recently invited 25 architects and designers for a seminar and factory tour at their facility. Below is an article on their experience:

April 30, 2015 – Exploring BC’s Millwork Industry: Beyond the Basics

 This was both a challenge and a hoot for us. We’d never considered offering an on-site learning opportunity until Roy approached us. He nurtured us; coddled us; encouraged us. And it was a success, as born witness by this excerpt from the Vancouver Island Chapter of Architects’ Newsletter…

Last week’s BC Wood – West Wind Hardwood Inc., sponsored Lunch was very well presented and very well attended. West Wind treated the Group to in depth information regarding species of hardwood, the history, where they are found, and their uses, cutting and finishing techniques and on and on. Thank you to BC Wood and West Wind Hardwood. A display of 12 species of hardwood formed part of an exciting competition. First three to name the most species each won a bottle of wine. Only one of the 35 attendees (Lawrie Keogh ID) got all 12 correct, second and third places were also won by ID’s (Architects “Where Art Thou”)

For sure there was angst in the planning stages. There was doubt and uncertainty too. In the end, it was fully satisfying knowing we’d successfully created an engaging educational opportunity. We offered two AIBC-approved core LU’s for the architects.

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Specifier’s Program Update

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Architects, Industry News by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

Over the past 30 days, BC Wood organized 2 factory tours; one in Sidney on Vancouver Island and one in Squamish. We are now working on our 3rd factory tour which will be held in Kamloops in the middle of June.

BC Wood also participated in the Vancouver Regional Construction Association annual conference where we were joined by one of our members. Last but not least, our lunch & learn schedule was still pretty active, too.

As we are still relatively early in our fiscal year, we continue to add companies to the Specifiers Program who are interested in reaching out to the very influential specifier community (architects, interior designers, contractors and engineers). Should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at  or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.


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Oh No! Where Is My Freight?

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Oh No! Where Is My Freight?


 What do you do when you arrive at your booth space but some or all of your freight has not?

The worst nightmare of any trade show manager or coordinator is having a trade show booth at a show with no exhibit in it when the show starts! If that scenario has happened to you, it is not only embarrassing, but very costly. So, what do you do if you show up at your booth space on the first day of install and your exhibit freight is not there? First off, don’t panic… yet.

There are several important things that you need to always do or make sure your exhibit vendor does every time your exhibit is getting ready to go to a show. If you do these things, you will be that much closer to averting disaster.

  1. Select a freight company that specializes in trade show shipping. Trade show shipping is very different than standard shipping with many special rules.
  2. Make sure that you have an accurate bill of lading that properly reflects the sizes and weights of all pieces that are shipping.
  3. Take a photograph of all pieces that are shipping just prior to loading.
  4. If there are multiple crates, cases, or pallets that are being shipped, make sure that all of your pieces are labeled as 1 of the total. For example, if you are shipping 4 pieces, each one should be labeled as 1 or 4, 2 of 4 and so on.

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Managements Skill Training Courses – June 15 – July 27, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Managements Skill Training Courses – June 15 – July 27, 2015

UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will be offering two online courses; Quality Management & Control and Business Finance & Investment Evaluation courses starting June 15th -July 27th, 2015.  These wood products industry specific courses are designed for owners, manager, supervisors or management tracked employees.  These are not academic courses and the skills learned can be applied immediately to the work place.  Each part time course is led by a tutor with extensive industry experience.

For more information on the courses, please click on the following link: Management Skill Training or call Jason Chiu at 604 822-0082

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forum Wood: Construction | North America June 12, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on forum Wood: Construction | North America June 12, 2015

Hosted by UNBC, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design

The forum Wood: Construction | North America will be held in Prince George, B.C. Canada on June 12th 2015. The inaugural event for the North American Edition of the very successful conference series in Europe with events like IHF Garmisch and similar events in Italy, France and others.

This year’s conference in Prince George, home of the Wood Innovation Design Center (WIDC), will focus on prefabrication, multi material construction, modern connections and more presented by international experts. The presentations will cover the natural flow from vision, design & RFP, engineering, prefabrication and on-site installation. The conference will end with a networking reception hosted in the Wood Innovation Design Center including a tour of the building.

Attendees will cover the entire spectrum of the construction industry, from stake holders and policy makers, architects and engineers to construction companies.

Please click here to register for the event

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Kiln Drying Training Program – Essentials of Wood Drying (5 days) – June 8-12, 2015

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A comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying.

This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants.

Date: June 8th – 12th, 2015

Location: Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Vancouver, BC

For more information and to register, click here or contact Jason at

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Akhurst Live Demonstration Event on June 12 & 13, 2015

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Akhurst Live Demonstration Event on June 12 & 13, 2015

We invite you to join us at our Live Demonstration Event on June 12 & 13, 2015 

Come view the latest in Woodworking Equipment and Technology,
and enjoy machine demonstrations, food, and refreshments at our Delta warehouse.

DATE: Friday, June 12 & Saturday, June 13, 2015

TIME: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (feel free to drop by anytime)


Akhurst Delta Warehouse

1669 Foster’s Way

Delta, BC V3M 6S7

Click here for map

Click here to RSVP and for more information

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

On May 26th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japan’s scenery is both mesmerizing and inviting, yet its landscape is also often threatened by natural disasters. This leaves homeowners with the task of reinforcing their homes. One family in southwest Japan has opted to hire Architecture Studio Nolla to build a hybrid house of both traditional lumber and glued laminated timber (glulam, for short), which provides protection from Mother Nature, cost-effective climate control, and – most importantly – peace of mind.

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger than steel, and is revolutionary in both commercial and residential constructions. This means that the material can withstand normal weathering, as well as a more intense storm.

Cost is right alongside durability on the list of homeowners’ priorities, and luckily the Hybrid Wooden House costs about the same as a typical “post and beam” home in the area, likely due to not needing as much material as a building made of conventional timber.

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CLT Shake Table Test in Japan

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News, Japan by Comments Off on CLT Shake Table Test in Japan

As I have noted in previous articles, CLT has become one of the hottest topics in the Japanese construction industry over the past year or so. Much of this has to do with the Japanese government pushing the idea of large-scale wooden buildings as a way to increase the demand for domestic wood species. There are many ideas on how to accomplish this including the utilization of fire-rated 2×4 or post & beam assemblies. In North America, such use of fire-retardant coverings and sprinkler systems is well accepted. However, in Japan, many people believe that the structural material itself should be fire-proof as such measures could be compromised in earthquakes. Mass timber offers the promise of such natural fire resistance in large wooden structures thus leading to its ever-expanding following.

Aside from fire, earthquakes themselves are of course a major concern. Therefore, the CLT Association of Japan conducted tests on a five story CLT structure on the world’s largest shake table in Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture in February. I was fortunate enough to be invited to witness the structure being shaken with the same force as the devastating Kobe earthquake in 1995 and was able to make a video. Conducting these tests to prove the seismic strength of CLT is just another step in convincing Japanese construction companies to promote CLT structures going forward.

Please view the shake table test here: (if you can not view the video below, click on the following link:


Japan CLT Shake Table Test Video

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US Market Update

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News, USA by Comments Off on US Market Update

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest…

BC Wood has two important trade events taking place in the next few months that members should be aware of. Interest in both events is high as they each reach diverse, yet important target markets in the residential and light commercial construction sectors in the Western United States.


From May 11 to 13, BC Wood and member companies will be participating in The National American Indian Housing Council Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. This exploratory event should provide a solid opportunity for BC manufacturers of prebuilt, log Home, and timber frame housing to create new market share and sales into this growing niche market. The need for quality built housing for First Nations and Native American communities is being felt across North America. This show attracts over 1,000 of the key influencers and decision makers for both the single and multi-family housing sector for tribal communities across the United States. BC Wood has made inroads on working with architect and building firms that specializes in providing housing solutions to Native American Communities. This combined with recent success from BC based prebuilt housing manufacturers selling to Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, suggests that this niche market provides potential and needs further exploration as provided by this trade event.


In late June, BC Wood will once again participate in the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego. This event provides a very effective way for BC suppliers of interior and exterior construction material and supplies to connect with builders, architects, and distributors from targeted markets across the West Coast of the United States, including California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. With residential construction starts being strong across the California market, it is expected that member companies will develop strong leads and sales opportunities through their participation at PCBC.

We have very limited space available for both events so if you are interested, please contact me immediately at or on my cell at 604-728-8786.

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