Wood Stories

Updated: 6 years ago -

These Wood Stories come from satisfied users of local wood. Be sure to share yours with us!

Barbeque Season has Started!
"I stocked up on cedar grilling planks and smoking chips from Steffie’s Grill Wood. My first attempt at smoking salmon on the BBQ was a success!  I used a cedar plank soaked overnight in water and maple syrup. For the main course, I wrapped soaked cedar chips in a foil packet and smoked a pork roast on low heat for 2.5 hours. 
The cedar products are untreated, which I like because it allows me to add whatever flavor I want, and they smell great on their own."
Note from OVW: Mmmm, thanks for sharing your story.  For those of you who love to BBQ, check out Steffie's Grill Wood online to place your order and check out their great prices!  Eastern White Cedar is a species native to our area, and Steffie's sources their wood locally.
Local Wood Use at Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre
Cedar walkway and woodchips

Grant Dobson, Trails/Site Chair on the Board of Directors for the SWOEC, explains, “Using locally sourced wood products at Shaw Woods Education Center makes sense on many levels. One of our objectives in the site’s development is to stay true to the natural feel of the place. This includes using building materials that easily blend with the natural landscape.” READ MORE...

Custom Made Stools
Sugar Maple Stools by Don Burchat

It is surprisingly difficult to find Canadian-made furniture in stores!  Don's Woodworking built me two custom-made island stools based on a picture I showed him of what I liked. His price was very reasonable and they were ready in less than a month.  The stools are made from sugar maple harvested from his own woodlot and stained to complement my existing furniture - they even have a bit of birds-eye in them! The best part is, they are built to last and I know I won't have to replace them in 5 years.  

The Canadian Forestry Battalion

Here is a little bit of forgotten history related to the forestry industry here in Renfrew County.

Check out recent FB post on November 10th about the Canadian Forestry Battalion.

Note from Ottawa Valley Wood: Thanks so much for sharing this information! Some important forest-related history that points to the long-standing nature of logging here in the Ottawa Valley.

Raised Garden Beds from Ottawa Valley Cedar

After moving into a new house last year, I was anxious to get gardening. I had no trouble finding a local cedar producer who could meet my needs of eastern white cedar squares for my raised vegetable beds. It was great to see the lumber yard, meet the producer and know where the wood came from. It pays to buy local!

Note from Ottawa Valley Wood: Thanks for sharing your story! There are several cedar producers in our directory. You can find them by clicking on "Cedar" under lumber. Happy gardening!