We believe that consistency in a lumber product is of utmost importance. When our customers ask for a particular grade of lumber, they know they will receive the same, on-grade product every time they order. By adhering closely to the NHLA grading rules, we can assure that you are receiving a product that has not been sorted from for a dozen other products.
WANE (Or Lack Of)
The definition of wane is “bark or lack of wood.” Wane is an undesirable quality in hardwood lumber. At East Perry, you will find minimal wane in ANY specie or grade that you purchase. The elimination of wane primarily takes place in our sawmill where all boards are edged heavily so that each board is clean and straight along both edges.
When you purchase a basic grade product from East Perry, you can be certain that the grade will be accurate and consistent every time you purchase. We adhere to the NHLA standard grading rules, so that you know what you are getting every time. Our proprietary grades are also built on the foundation of NHLA rules. These products, too, will be consistent with every purchase.
At East Perry, we take many precautions to ensure that our lumber is flat, with minimal side bend or twist. During the drying process, we place sticks evenly, every two feet. With proper stick placement, the lumber remains flat as it dries. Lumber in the drying phase is always placed on sturdy 6 x 6 blocks and all grades 2A & better are placed in air-drying sheds with concrete floors that provide even more stability.
AIR DRYING – KILN DRYING
This is, possibly, the most important step in assuring a good product. The drying process starts with providing airflow through stick placement between each layer of lumber. Even stick placement assures flatness. Proper stack placement during the drying process also assures flat and even lumber. Different species have different requirements in the drying process. Red Oak, White Oak, Cherry and Walnut benefit from air-drying prior to kiln-drying. Other species such as Poplar, Ash, Hard Maple and Hickory should not be air-dried, but placed directly into the dry kilns, primarily to prevent staining. All species are kiln-dried to a maximum temp of 160 degrees, bringing the moisture content down to 6%-8%. In addition all lumber is stress relieved.
QUALITY CONTROL – VISUAL APPEAL
Visual appeal can make all the difference in a product and we work hard to carry that appeal through every aspect of our business. We handle our logging and timber jobs with care and professionalism. Our facility is always clean and organized, from the sawmill to the kilns, from the sheds to the trucks. Our belief is that if this mentality is carried through on a day-to-day basis with each employee and each job, it will automatically carry over to the quality and visual appeal of the lumber and packaging.
A visually appealing product gives consumer confidence. Typically, when care is taken in packaging, it translates into care taken in every step of the production process. Let our packaging speak for itself.
Our lumber is stacked by hand in such a way that all sides are flush and even. Each length is stacked together to promote a squared up unit. We take great care to assure that the package is visually appealing from all sides and that the banding is tight enough to hold securely, without being to tight to compromise the bundle. We use no logos on our lumber, allowing our lumber to shine on it’s own. To end the process, our lift drivers are trained to load trucks efficiently, while also maintaining visual appeal of the load.