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Timber Characteristics

Oregon is one of Canada's strongest softwoods. It is universally recognised by architects and engineers for its high strength to weight ratio.

Oregon works well with power and hand tools and possesses excellent nail and screw holding ability, with a documented superior performance record against wind, storm and earthquakes.

Oregon is supplied green but seasons well and rapidly if adequately protected, with negligible checking or distortion. If the timber is not adequately protected from the elements, there is a high chance of movement defect occurring resulting in discolouration, checking, splitting, twist and/or cupping.

For further information on protecting oregon, see Applications

The western coastal forests of Canada and Northern America which provide the ideal growth conditions for oregon can see the trees reach heights of 35 to 55 metres and diameters of 2 metres. Occasionally trees grow to 80 metres with diameters of 3 metres.