With their high-end products, FraserWood continues to be an innovator in their field

In FraserWood, innovation is key. From left to right: Kane Seward, project manager; Kelly Murray, director of sales and marketing, and Peter Dickson, owner of FraserWood. Photo credit: Canadian Forest Industries

From its humble roots as a timber-dryer service provider, timber specialist FraserWood has since grown to include customised planing and re-sawing, joinery, CNC milling, and glulam. Thus, though most of FraserWood’s customers may be timber framers, they also count supply centres and log home builders among their ever-expanding clientele.

With more than 30 employees including engineers, R&D specialists, and scientists, 2016 was the most productive year for the company yet, according to Canadian Forest Industries, with over 1.5 million board feet of high-value timber passing through the company’s facility in Squamish, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. There, an estimated 90 per cent of the timber passing through is Douglas fir, with the remaining products a mishmash of hemlock, red cedar, and yellow cedar.

“We’re into solving problems,” Peter Dickson, the owner of FraserWood, told Canadian Forest Industries. “When challenges come up, we look at what we can do to marry structural realities of a building with pleasing aesthetics.”

Consequently, FraserWood has solidified their reputation for developing artistic and creative wood product solutions customised for the specific requirements of its customers; nearly all their business is dependent on custom orders. Specialty sawmill Anderson Pacific Forest Products, based in Maple Ridge, B.C., is their main supplier.

A large part of FraserWood’s success is admittedly owed to innovation, such as their trademarked GrainMatched and EdgeMatched glulam, sliced timber glued together in order to maximise the strength of the wood. But FraserWood took it one step further: EdgeMatched glulam utilises the standard lamstock, edging it with glue and thick vertical grain strips of clear heartwood before finger-jointing and pressing them together, creating glulam that is clean, clear, and uniform.  GrainMatched, on the other hand, slices up a cant and processes the laminae separately before reassembling them to ensure that the grain is matched and nigh indistinguishable from solid-sawn timbers.

“Some of our products came about because people were asking for something different and Peter [Dickson] is willing to explore, experiment and innovate,” Kelly Murray, director of sales and marketing, explained.

But for Dickson, innovation is hard work, and for the company, a mentality that is “do or die.”

“I believe there’s some truth to the idea that you grow or die, mostly because your people want to grow and do more complicated and challenging things,” Dickson stated in his interview with Canadian Forest Industries. “I hope innovation will continue to be a big part of our future.”

 

Source: Canadian Forest Industries, Wood Business