Blog

07
Jul

The Art of Selecting The Right Log for the Right Wood Product

Finding quality logs for a sawmill is always challenging, especially for a specialty sawmill like Marks Lumber. In the industry, facilities that turn ...

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29
Jun

Lumber Terminology 2

Terminology and Why It is Important I was just reading an interesting article in a lumber newsletter about the actual size of a 4x4. I have attached a...

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25
May

Lumber Terminology...

..And Why it is Important Terminology is always important when you are ordering wood.  Like all professions, people in the lumber business have certai...

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12
May

Helena Vigilante Parade

Helena Vigilante Parade is May 12, 2017. The first Vigilante Parade was May 1924. It has continued to grow bigger and better every year.  For para...

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03
May

Easy Installation on Circle Sawn Flooring

Monday morning Crew Meeting comment:  One of our employee's, Cody Marks, finished up a side job installing 1,000 sq ft of our circle sawn Doug Fi...

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29
Apr

Live Blog - Perma-Chink Workshop

Live Blog by Jeremy Glatz Perma-Chink Log and Woodsided Home Maintenance Workshop 4/29-9:38 am Marks Lumber is excited to welcome Perma-Chink log home...

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16
Mar

Bark Sorting Plant Updated and Running

It's Spring! Landscape Time! It’s been a long, cold winter in Clancy—but with the warming weather, it’s getting to be landscape season and Marks ...

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10
Mar

New Log Turner in The Sawmill

Marks Lumber Millwright Seth Slocum is leading a project to install a new (to us) Sering bar-style log turner. The goal is to improve efficiency in th...

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24
Feb

Businesses Built with Marks Products - Grub Stake

Flooring, Timbers, Tongue and Groove -- Plus Cold Beer! The Original The Grub Stake, located in the North Helena Valley is a popular destination for f...

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15
Feb

MATE Show - Billings Montana

See Marks Lumber Made in Montana, Grown in Montana Products in Billings! February 16-17-18 It's officially show season. Marks Lumber is going to ...

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07
Feb

Marks Lumber Products In Action

Businesses Displaying Marks Lumber Products Sometimes seeing products in action can get the creative juices flowing and really help a vision for a pro...

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12
Jan

A Cold Day at The Sawmill

The Marks Lumber sawmill doesn’t run very well below 0 (degrees Fahrenheit). So with this cold January we are busy making repairs and minor improvemen...

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22
Dec

Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for your support over the past year. Have a very Merry Christmas. and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017....

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16
Dec

Top Five Things to do With Douglas Fir Bark

5. Eat it! Fir Bark – yum. Well if you are lost in the woods you can make soup. Apparently, an entire fir tree is edible.  Adding some bark (...

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08
Dec

Marks Lumber Christmas Party

We got almost the whole gang together for our western themed Christmas Party. This is a great way to introduce you to some of the great, and somewhat ...

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30
Nov

Positive PR For Marks Lumber

The Helena Independent Record did a nice piece on Marks Lumber and the Wood Innovation Grant we received from the US Forest Service. Read the Independ...

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22
Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

There is so much to be thankful for. We should all be thankful for health that we enjoy, for opportunities we enjoy, and of course our families and fr...

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22
Nov

Firewood - More Than Just Renewable Bio-Fuel

Forestry projects often require the removal of large numbers of smaller sick or damaged trees that will not make poles or saw logs. Marks Lumber often...

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17
Nov

Circle Sawn Flooring Now End-Matched!

Montana Rough Sawn Flooring can get BetterAs part of our on-going effort to improve our products, Marks Lumber has started end-matching our circle saw...

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16
Nov

New Web Presence

Thanks to the crew at Prime, Inc--Bozeman, MT--we have a great new web-site. The Marks team looks forward to providing better service through this web...

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09
Nov

Lumber Grades – What Do They Mean to Me?

One of the very first questions we ask most customers when they contact us is either "What grade are you looking for?” or something less direct a...

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02
Nov

Parking Lot Paved

Less Mud!  Marks Lumber has paved the main part of our yard, over 55,000 square feet. This smoother and less dusty surface will make it easier to serv...

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12
Jul

5 Reasons to Consider Circular Sawn Flooring

Circle sawn flooring is a beautiful, durable flooring choice that provides excellent value. Here are five reasons to consider circle sawn flooring in ...

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01
Aug

Do You Know Where Your Wood Flooring Comes From?

Making a purchase or consuming products that are grown and manufactured locally minimizes ecological impact and maximizes benefit to your local commun...

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11
Aug

Sawing Specialty Lumber Products

This is the second in the continuing series on how Montana Logs are harvested and then top-quality wood products manufactured. In the previous post, “...

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16
Aug

Marks Lumber's Process for Drying and Grading Lumber

Drying Montana Lumber  After the cutting process, lumber products are ready to be dried and the yard/planer team at Marks Lumber takes over. This is ...

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29
Aug

Expert Tips for Installing Circle Sawn Douglas Fir Flooring

Circle sawn wood flooring adds value, warmth, beauty, and style to a room. With the right preparation, floor system, tools, and installation instructi...

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03
Apr

Rocky Mountain Hardscapes Projects

Marks Lumber products are used in many applications. Our Tongue & Groove paneling is used on walls and ceilings.  The Marks Lumber Circle-sawn...

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26
Mar

What are those ugly black marks on lumber?

Have you ever looked at wood siding on a house and noticed black spots and runs around nails?  What are these marks and where do they come from?  This...

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07
Mar

“Dream Home”.......Wally & Cheri Bailey, White Sulphur Springs

We can all imagine our “dream home” and I’m sure most of us have a Pinterest folder called “home ideas”. But, how many of those ideas become reality? ...

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22
Feb

KNOWLEDGE IS SAFETY

Forklift operators need to understand all aspects of performing their job in a safe and appropriate manner. This prevents possible accidents and injur...

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15
Feb

MATE Show 2018 Begins

Marks Lumber is set-up and ready! Steve and Eric are there to answer your questions. Bring your ideas and let them assist you in bringing it to realit...

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14
Feb

Marks Lumber Now Stocking FOHC Coastal Fir

4 Inch, 6 Inch, 8 Inch DF FOHC KD Timbers Marks Lumber is now stocking Douglas Fir 1 & Btr Free of Heart Center (FOHC) Kiln Dried (KD) timbers...

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01
Feb

Home Show Season is quickly upon us!

Billings and Surrounding Areas: Mark your calendar for Feb 15-17 Annual MATE Show Home & Health Expo Metra Park Expo Center Click the...

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31
Jan

ELKHORN WATER TANK RESTORATION

BRINGING 3 GENERATIONS TOGETHER Bruce Bell, representing the non-profit, Friends of the Elkhorn Water Tank, approached Steve Marks, owner of Marks Lum...

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24
Jan

What Exactly is “Post-and-Beam” Construction?

When people say "post-and-beam construction", what do they mean? Unfortunately, it can mean slightly different things to different people, a...

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17
Jan

Georgetown Lake Cabin

Post-and-Beam Project Spotlight Justin and Megan Brunell approached Marks Lumber about building a dream cabin near Georgetown Lake, Montana. Justin, a...

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09
Jan

Douglas Fir Log Prices Are High, Will Likely Go Higher

Western US Log Inventory is Low Demand for Timber Products is High Marks Lumber has had a fantastic 2017, and we are looking forward to providing high...

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02
Jan

Buffalo Joes Eatery & Saloon, Dupuyer MT

On your way to Glacier Park, via US Route 89, stop in Dupuyer Montana for a bite to eat. Buffalo Joe’s Eatery and Saloon is right on Main Street. T...

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13
Oct

Marks Lumber Mill Tour

Montana Forest Products Week - Event October 20TH 10 am - 2 pm Marks Lumber is excited to host an official Montana Forest Products week event at our ...

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11
Oct

Why You Should Be Using End Matched Wood Flooring

End Matching At Marks Lumber, we end-match our circle sawn Douglas Fir flooring, saving our customers significant time and money. End matching involve...

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29
Sep

Steve Standing Up For Montana's Forests

And our Montana way of life….. The Big Boss at Marks Lumber, Steve Marks, had the chance to debate forest management policy and the role that serial l...

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27
Sep

Planing Specialty Lumber Products

Manufacturing Top Quality Planed Products During production, a planer mill operator orients a blank before sending it into the planer to maximize qual...

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07
May

The Benefits of Engaging a Quality Timber Frame Subcontractor

Want to save time, have less worry, and make more money? Add a quality timber frame subcontractor to your stable of partners. A timber frame subcontra...

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08
May

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants East Helena boy's wish, with a little help from friends

http://www.kxlh.com/story/38121735/make-a-wish-grants-helena-boys-wish-for-a-playground http://helenair.com/news/local/east-helena-boy-receives-plays...

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15
May

Interesting Facts about the 2017 Wildfires

Taking a look back at the 2017 wildfires...The MT Forest Stewardship Foundation has compiled facts on the environmental, economic and social impact of...

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30
May

The 7D Ranch-- Old West Family Experience

The 7D Ranch is one of the oldest dude ranches in Wyoming. Located in Sunlight Basin, 50 miles northwest of Cody Wyoming, the family guest ranch has a...

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05
Jun

Rethinking Traditional Playgrounds

There is a current trend in the world of playground design to create an environment that promotes unstructured play. Many believe this helps kids deve...

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07
Jun

Shotgun Annie’s is Wolf Creek’s newest/oldest restaurant.

Wolf Creek Montana is 28 miles north of Helena MT, just off Interstate 15. Wolf Creek was established as a railroad stop in the late 1800’s. One of...

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14
Jun

Protecting Your Home & Family in a Wildfire

The Montana City Volunteer Fire Department website  http://www.montanacityfire.org...  has some great information&...

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02
Aug

CARING FOR YOUR WOOD SIDING

Wood siding is a beautiful addition to your home’s curb appeal. To keep your Marks Lumber Shiplap, Board and Batt, or Waney Edge Siding lasting for de...

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20
Aug

FAMILY FRIENDLY LOCAL EVENTS

Coming Aug 24th -26th Jefferson County MT Rodeo and Fair  Fun for the whole family! https://www.facebook.com/afairoftheheart/ &am...

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31
Aug

Bagged Bark Closeout Sale

BARK NUGGETS 3CF BAGS Large & Small    PRICE $2.00/bag - $100/pallet       &nbs...

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27
Sep

FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK AND CUSTOMER APPRECIATION OPEN HOUSE

Montana Forest Products Week Oct 21-27 In 2011, the Montana Legislature established that the third week in October would honor our forest products ...

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11
Oct

Clark's Ranch- Wedding Barn

The Clark’s Ranch is located in the heart of Umpqua Valley in Wilbur Oregon. They built a beautiful rustic wedding venue. In the 5000 sqft barn and 2 ...

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