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Tree planting seen as increasing as landowners give-up on better timber markets and begin to harvest.
Landowners and their timber managers discuss harvesting options in Sumter Cty., Al.


I n the previous issue of the McShan Plane Dealer I wrote an article about the future timber supply, specifically intensively managed pine plantations, and their affect on lumber quality. The abundance of plantation grown timber in the southern region is the result of two record setting plantings that took place in the mid 1980's and the late 1990's. When those seedlings grew into pulpwood, and finally logs, the sheer volume of those products forced stumpage prices to spiral downward. Many landowners decided to wait for better prices.  A few are still waiting, but most have simply given up and have decided to harvest. 

The following article from F&W Forestry explains why many landowners have given up.

Holiday loading/shipping schedule

July 5-7 Tuesday-Thursday

July 8     Friday

Please call and confirm
before sending a truck 
during the week of the 4th.

Thank you, and Happy Fourth of July!
Tallest solid wood condo building breaks ground in Quebec
The 41 metere tall building will feature 12 stories made of gigantic cross laminated timber.

The Origine Green Condo Project broke ground the morning of June 14th, 2016

T he concrete and steel folks are not happy.  

Product Spotlight
1X6 C-Grade S4S                  

McShan C-Grade exceeds SPIB grade rules with both sides clear.


SFI and PEFC chain of custody certification available.


Also can be run to pattern stock.



View a Virtual Pack Inspection here!


Call Dina Fuller or Dusti Pritchett for tally, prices.  1-800 882 3712




Employee Spotlight:   
Jimmy "Jim-Bob" Sanders

W e're sawyers, lumber graders, machine operators, mill-wrights, lift drivers and more-but we're also real people who are really fun to work with. Meet some of the people who make McShan Lumber happen and learn more about who we are and what we do all day.  A family-owned and operated sawmill, McShan Lumber operates as an extended 'family,' with employees who have worked here for 10, 20, 30 years and more. McShan Lumber's Employee Spotlight Program recognizes these standout employees who are the face of our company and industry in their communities.

Years of service: 38

What is your role at McShan Lumber?:  I've been the  Log Crane operator since the crane was installed in 1985. I unload log trucks and feed the mill with a steady flow of logs. I also run the Cat 950 front end loader. My primary role is to manage the log flow and log inventory. Since I see every load of logs, I watch for logs that don't meet our specifications. And, I know how valuable time is to the truck drivers so getting them unloaded quickly can sometimes allow them to haul an extra load in a day. 

First job at McShan Lumber: Pulling lumber on the green chain

Tell us a little about your family:   Most of us live in the community of Sanderstown, just a few miles from the mill. I've lived there all of my life.  My family is outgoing, caring, loving and intelligent.  I have two grown children and seven grandchildren.

What do you like to do on your days off?:  I like spending time with my family, fishing occasionally, tending to my garden and my 4 cows.

What is your favorite meal?:  I love any kind of seafood, especially crab legs and steamed shrimp.

Management Quote: "Jimmy (Jim-Bob) Sanders has been a friendly staple at McShan Lumber for 38 years. He is one of our most valued employees and consistently goes above and beyond what is required. We are proud of Jimmy and the example that he sets because his work ethic, teamwork and dedication is infectious. Jimmy's reputation as the best crane operator around is repeated consistently by log truck drivers who have experienced unloading at multiple mills." One log truck driver said "Jim-Bob could pick your teeth with that crane grapple!"

With an elevated 360 degree view of the sawmill complex, Jim-Bob is the "eyes and ears" of McShan Lumber. 

Right: Jimmy Sanders leaves the log crane to inspect grade pine logs using the Caterpillar 950 wheel loader.  Log quality control, proper rotation of the log inventory and a keeping a steady flow of logs in the mill are all Jimmy's responsibility.

It's that time of year for Blue Stain
The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau
(SPIB) Grade Rules for #2 boards allow Medium stain. The rules for D grade allow Light stain but also allows 25% of boards to have Medium stain on the face. 

Medium Stain is described
as "has a pronounced difference in coloring.
Sometimes the usefulness for natural finishes but not for paint finishes is affected".

Since most of our #2 boards are used in some type of appearance application,
we go to great lengths to eliminate blue stain. During humid weather, every piece of lumber from our mill is dipped in an anti-stain solution. We also have to hustle to
ensure it gets into the kilns before blue stain sets in. Despite our best efforts, blue stain sometimes does crop up. However, if we do get blue stain in a board, it goes into our #3, regardless of its other attributes.

We like to point this out to remind you that our #2 boards far exceed the minimums
established by the grade
George Washington's
           rules of
Civility & Decent Behavior

This is the last of eleven McShan Plane Dealer newsletters featuring 10 of the 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.
By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110  Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation . They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington's schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins, the twelve-year-old son of a doctor. 

Today many, if not all of these rules, sound a little fussy if not downright silly. It would be easy to dismiss them as outdated and appropriate to a time of powdered wigs and quills, but they reflect a focus that is increasingly difficult to find. The rules have in common a focus on other people rather than the narrow focus of our own self-interests that we find so prevalent today. Fussy or not, they represent more than just manners. They are the small sacrifices that we should all be willing to make for the good of all and the sake of living together. 

101. Rinse not your mouth in the presence of others.

102.  It is out of use to call upon the company often to eat; nor need you drink to others every time you drink.

103.  In the company of your betters, be not longer in eating than they are; lay not your arm but only your hand upon the table.

104.  It belongs to the chiefest in company to unfold his napkin and fall to meat first, but he ought then to begin in time & to dispatch with dexterity that the slowest may have time allowed him.

105.  Be not angry at the table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, show it not; put on a cheerful countenance especially if there be strangers, for good humor makes one dish of meat a feast.

106.  Set not yourself at the upper of the table; but if it be your due or that the master of the house will have it so, contend not, least you should trouble the company.

107.   If others talk at the table, be attentive but talk not with meat in your mouth.

108.  When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence. Honor & obey your natural parents although they be poor.

109.  Let your recreations be manful not sinful.

110.  Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
The end.

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Quotes on Family

1. "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."
 George Burns

2."When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family. "
Jim Butcher

3. "My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is."
Ellen DeGeneres

4. "The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. "
C.S. Lewis

5."There is no such thing as a "broken family." Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you."
C. JoyBell

6. "My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it."
Rick Riordan

7. "Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it."
Ann Brashares, Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

8."When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway."
Erma Bombeck

9."Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've done will have mattered as much."
Lisa Wingate

10."Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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11180 Hwy 82  P.O. Box 27
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