A quick look at Moulding by Metrie

Justin, our showroom manager, has just returned from a nice, sunny break in Las Vegas – where he attended the International Builders Show. He brought back more information on the new Metrie, formerly Moulding and Millwork, product line. We have Read More >>

Is my house a Craftsman?

Craftsman Style homeCraftsman style homes are abundant in the Portland area, yet many people are unaware of what makes a Craftsman home. In order to understand Craftsman style design we need to first look at the Victorian period.  Victorian style homes where … Read More >>

A Machine for Living In

In a world of new technologies and conveniences, architects thrive to design buildings and homes that are thrilling and full of imagination and artistry. We no longer build to connect the human to God but more to the humans’ ability … Read More >>

HEIHO of the Carpenter

Heiho means, the way. The way of the Carpenter. In the classic text of Samurai Sword Strategy, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, he describes the Carpenter as the greatest strategist of all.

Musashi said that the master

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Common Hardwood Stair Treads

Hardwoods, both domestic and exotic have always been a favorite among stair part purchasers. Generally speaking, the more common species of stair treads in the Portland area are Red Oak, White Oak, American Cherry and Fir. In addition, there are … Read More >>

Hard vs. Soft wood

Hardwood: Trees that lose their leaves in the fall. Classifying a wood as hardwood or softwood does not indicate “hardness”. For instance, balsa wood, which is extremely light and soft, is technically a hardwood. Maple, Oak and Cherry are among … Read More >>