A Look at the Lumber Supply Chain
Many people ask me about where their lumber comes from. Specifically, how did it get here and who/what touched it before I pulled it off the rack at my lumber yard or big box store. This episode takes a high level view of the journey of that board all the way back to the forest.
The story will vary depending on how far away the wood comes from and how many oceans and international borders it crosses. The story can also change depending on how the wood is bought. In larger quantities, some middlemen can be cut from the equation but these days maintaining large inventories isn't done as much so small volume orders are pretty common.
In the end you may be shocked to hear just how many people were involved to get that board from forest to lumber rack. More importantly, just how much money and labor was involved which drives up the price of that board you just bought. We all wish lumber was cheaper but perhaps you will begin to understand the MANY factors that contribute to the prices at your local lumber yard.