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Heritage Timber, Missoula, MT

December 2010


Please enjoy this quick, less-than-once-a-month newsletter where we will let you in on our latest finds, share the inside scoop on our building deconstruction projects, inspire you through showcasing builders and artists reclaimed work, and tell you about upcoming events. Do the same for us and send any news or photos of your reclaimed work to us at

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baby mathiasWhile we have added a little bambino to the Heritage Timber family, our personal time in the shop has dwindled. I have only made one bedside table, four toy blocks, and prepped two shelves for a book shelf to be installed sometime in the next century. For clients, I have managed to metal detect some wood, plane some beams, and sit in awe as Gary moves around the lumber yard with Mathias bundled onto his back.

LUCKILY, our clients are super creative - with their time and with our wood - and just in the past few months we have seen our materials installed in homes and businesses around the west that reflect their greatness. A fish shack restaurant in Washington State has decked their walls in our metal. A designer has taken some of our buttery smooth 10” floors into her chalet on the hill, and created counters and built in bookcases and benches with the extra. And if you like caramel…you must see her bathroom counters – 20” wide slabs of circlesawn pine that making brushing your teeth a habit impossible to break (look for an article on that house in the Missoulian on Feb 1). And are you a fan of solid open stairs with the color of rich amber? We’ve seen our 3x11 fir going in as stairs on a few projects, that make me want to just sit and read on them for hours – with a plate of cookies of course.

To all of you – thank you for your creative spirits and hard working hands. You really make reclaimed materials shine. You also make the planet happy as you tread lighter by practicing reuse. Our yard is chock full of materials – over 300,000 board feet of wood waiting for your touch – so give us a call if you need anything for your next project.


Hope you enjoy this newsletter. Next time, we will have some video links of the talks that Gary has done for Friends of Two Rivers and The Sustainable Lecture Series.

Gary Delp & Becky Douglas


What's New at Heritage Timber: Go Logo!

brown ringer front large file 4brown ringer back large file 5ball cap large file 3T-shirts and hats and brims oh my. First, HT has Ts! In men’s and women’s styles, both in ringer and plain old T style, Heritage Timber employees, fans and family have been wearing our latest digs. The words “Deconstructing America…” lead on the front, and the back of the T finish the thought with “…one building at a time.” Anne Mildrexler won our name game contest for stone-washed ball caps with the phrase “Saving Wood for Good”. Our grey winter caps sport a sun visor and are streamlined with just a logo. Send an email to info@Heritage if you are interested in purchasing some of your own gear for just ten bucks a piece. Just in time for the holidays!

Deconstruction: Stimson Mill Returns

Stimson drying shed webWe just could not stay away! Initially called the Blackfoot Milling Company, the Stimson mill was also known as the Bonner Mill, the Hammond Mill, the Big Blackfoot Mill, the Anaconda Copper Mining Company: Lumber Department, Champion International Mill, and most recently, the Stimson Mill. Around 1886, Andrew B. Hammond, one of Montana’s copper barons, bought 160 acres of land on the Blackfoot River from the homesteader Hiram Farr for “$100, 2 stoves, chains, broad ax and other tools and implements”. Learn more of the history here. The mill closed permanently in 2008, and that winter we removed a large truck shop and most of the cooling shed. Last month, we just completed the removal of the cooling shed. Wood was dried in the kilns on rail cars, and then moved to the cooling sheds where it cooled off. We still have some gorgeous 2x5 and 2x6 T&G left from the first part of the shed. We now have some 26’ foot long Stress Skin Panels that could build you a roof in a jiffy, a variety of hometown mill-made glulams, and some gorgeous 8x8s from the second removal phase. This was a wonderful project where we were able to honor the efforts of over a century of mill work, and Gary even made a presentation at a Friends of Two Rivers meeting about working with the materials at the mill (the day before our baby came!). Call us on any of the materials.

Showcase: Hemlock, Beech, and Elm Timbers for Sale

Hemlock 1 3Hand Hewn Beech and Elm 2Gary use to go back to visit family in the east, and while at it, would take down a barn or two. We’ve got some great timbers from those gorgeous historic structures. All of the timbers have mortise pockets that speak to their roots in agricultural timber frame structures. Roughsawn Hemlock timbers are running $2 a board foot. Our handhewn hardwood timbers include Beech and Elm, and are priced at $3 a board foot. Contact us if you are interested - and Gary can tell you some stories from the Aery Dairy Farm.

Screaming Deal: Sheathing and Stress Skin Panels for Sale

pre-plywood refinished webSHEATHING: Ever wondered what a precursor or alternative to plywood looks like? We have something for you! Imagine 1inch sheathing in 2 foot by 8 foot sheets. On the inside, are 1x3-1x8s pine and fir pieces butted together super tight running the whole 8 foot length. On the outside are thin pieces of paper that prevent the enclosed pieces from budging. The interior 1x is super straight, and could be used as sheathing, or the paper could be removed via a planer (a water soluble glue was used, if any), and you have a big stack of super straight pieces to just run with. We are selling the sheets for $1 each as we need to make some room for more materials coming in from a mill in the Bitterroot. We have  units that contain about 70 pieces each and we are selling those units for $50. Call or email for more photos.

sides of stress skin panels webSTRESS SKIN PANELS: What are they?? Sounds like maybe someone spent a bit too much time in the sun? Here’s the scoop: make a roof for a garage or shop in no time with stress skin panels. Each panel is 4'x26' mill-built stress skin panels from the 60s or 70s. They were removed from the roof of the Stimson Mill, and have already been sold to two folks who are building shop roof with them. They can also be used as walls, cut down to size, or anything else creative – and there are 21 panels left. Each panel is composed of three 26' 2x10s (with long diagonal scarf joints) with a 1x6 flange (also scarf joints) glued to the bottom of each 2x10. There is 1/2" thick plywood glued to the whole top. Rim joists (4' 2x10s) are nailed to each end. Just $30 a panel or whole lot for $500. Call us at 406-830-3966 to get this steal of a deal!
Featured Project: Hess Homeworks, Inc. Gets Green in the Rattlesnake
Hess Homeworks Inc 8Maybe you have noticed this super green home being built in the upper Rattlesnake near the PEAS farm in Missoula, and wondered what it looks like inside. Here are a few hints – rich colored beams, rusty metal from the Champion Mill, and 10” floor boards from the Stimson Mill in Bonner – all supplied by Heritage Timber. Hess Homeworks, with Eric Hess at the helm, is building this ultra energy efficient home, and it is decked out in local materials including Northslope Treadlight Trim, Northslope Windows by Clawson, and beams, flooring and metal from us. Check out more photos here. And if you are in the market for a home on the hill, this gorgeous abode is for sale.
In the News: Hauling Poop

Gary has been volunteering with Garden City Harvest for over a decade. Last month, he cut out of work for a day to help the farm load up on manure, and Chad Harder caught it on film and put it in the Missoula Independent. Speaking of the farm, there is a new book out by a friend of local agriculture, Jeremy N. Smith, profiling the farm and inspiring others on how to grow a garden city. Check it out at his website. Next e-news, we’ll have videos of some of Gary’s public presentations available about taking down a building at the Stimson Mill, and how the hay he got into dismantling in the first place!

Local News: MT Chapter of the US Green Building Council Summit in Jan 2011

Heritage Timber recently signed up as a member of the MT Chapter of the USGBC. We think their mission is a pretty sweet one: the USGBC promotes balanced social, economic, and environmental stewardship in Montana by leading and educating about green building practices that will create healthy and sustainable communities in which to live, work, and play. They are leaders is LEED education and certification, do great things to green up schools, and help to connect people in the building industry from planning to ribbon cutting. Join us and all the great USGBC members in Helena on Jan 28-29, 2011 for the annual Chapter Summit. Questions or interested? Contact Ryan Smith at

Out and About: Earth Day, LocalFest, HomeWORD and WINNERS!

display webThis year, we spent some great time out and about at green festivals, trying to meet more folks. We were at homeWORD Sustainability Tour, Missoula Urban Demonstration Project’s Earth Day, and the Sustainable Business Council LocalFest. We are also available for presentation to your workplace. Three folks are the lucky winners of our raffle that welcomed folks to our table.  Fancy Diaz won a $100 gift certificate to Heritage Timber. Sonja Hargrove-Heutmaker won a hat, and Stacey Mangels will don one of T-shirts. Congratulations! And please introduce yourself next time we see you around town!

Heritage Timber was founded in 1994 in Missoula, MT. We are a family owned business that works around the West deconstructing buildings and selling reclaimed materials. Have news or projects that you want to share? Email to share your nuggets.

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