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What Is Wrong With This Picture?

What is wrong with this picture? During my most recent visit to Hopkin's sawmill, located in northern Maine, the owner of the mill, a Mr. Steve Hopkins, told me to check out his new delivery of wood that he had ordered for an upcoming project. (Yes, he does own a wood mill but spruce is not milled at every mill including Steve's.) Now to assist with helping you determine what is wrong with this pic might I [...]

By |2022-01-19T17:58:41+00:00January 19th, 2022|Letters|0 Comments

Too Literal Message Of Jacob Marley

As an English major I am cursed with seeing symbolism in all things thus the literal symbolism of Marley's chains was too good to be denied. The chains that Jacob Marley's ghost wears represents the greed and selfishness that defined his life. The supply chains that circle our planet are not that different. They prioritize scale, distribution, wealth and accessibility over environmental waste and community. To quothe Marley, "“I wear the chain I forged in life,”  “I [...]

By |2022-01-19T17:47:56+00:00December 18th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Holiday Shopping Guide

The Lumbery has really high quality, unique gifts that do not require batteries or a cord. We also have classic tools and hardware that are perfect for anyone at anytime and are always well received. Best of all is our Lumbery Gift Card!  This gift allows the recipient to imagine the "what could be's". Maybe a new deck, or a garden bed, a sauna or an outdoor shower. Plus shopping local with us helps to reduce [...]

By |2022-01-19T17:41:14+00:00December 3rd, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Dr. Ross Greene, Google And The Lumbery

Dr. Ross Green, Google travel, and the Lumbery have independently of each other reached the same conclusion. Kids (consumers) do well if they can but sometimes things get in the way. So what is preventing consumers from doing well? Answer: Information and labeling. Information and labeling are an essential component of choices and of good decision making. Google, as shown in the advertisement above, and the Lumbery believe that if consumers are given the information to choose an option that will lower [...]

By |2022-01-19T17:33:41+00:00November 17th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Can’t Find A Carpenter? It’s Not Going To Get Better.

Everyday at our store I get an opportunity to speak with homeowners and contractors about how hard it is to find tradespeople.  Here is my conclusion. It's not going to get better any time soon. Why? Busy is good unless you cannot capitalize. Contractors would like to expand their crews to meet demand but unfortunately one thing gets in the way. There is a dearth of skilled workers. Thus, every contractor I know is booked at least [...]

By |2022-01-19T17:27:09+00:00October 26th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Local Wood Webinar Featuring Yours Truly

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021 I was included as a panel member for a webinar hosted by Green and Healthy Maine Homes magazine as part of their "Home and Energy Chats" series. Along with myself, Michael Friedland, Co-Owner of the Lumbery, was Lee Burnett of Local Wood Works and Harold Bumbly of Maine Wood Treaters. Now you might be asking yourself...Was Mike selected from an esteemed panel of experts on local wood? The very telling answer [...]

By |2022-01-19T17:16:49+00:00October 11th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Locally Impactful

Chances are when you buy some wood from us you cannot see all the tiny lines that begin to form. They might branch out to our local banker, insurance agent, landscaper, web designer, girl scouts or they might spread towards the forests and the loggers and the mill workers. They might even reach the small convenience store that provides sandwiches for the log haulers.  All of this right here in Maine. On top of that more lines are formed [...]

By |2021-10-04T12:39:01+00:00September 14th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Hardware All Star

In our first year in business we have been recognized as a Stihl All Star. Only one hardware/building supply store from every state is awarded this honor. This award "represents community-oriented, customer-focused, high-performance retailing at its finest." From our inception we knew we wanted to be different. We wanted to be unintimidating. We wanted to empower professionals and non-professionals alike to achieve their goals both big and small. We wanted to be involved in the community, offer knowledgeable, [...]

By |2021-10-04T12:48:01+00:00September 7th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Ryan Receives Fan Mail!

A few weeks back a customer of ours named Anderson came in and asked if we would provide birdhouse house kits to special-ed students that are enrolled in a summer camp. Apparently these students were going to take a "a deep dive into birding". We said yes of course. Little did we know that they would also ask for a tour de Lumbery. Ryan was more than happy to oblige. Then the most amazing thing happened. Ryan [...]

By |2022-01-25T16:02:29+00:00August 7th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Sustainability Lacks Marketability.

I published this video 1 year ago before we even opened our doors.  If you've watched it already it's worth a revisit. If you haven't seen it then I highly recommend it. One year later I have a better understanding of what I instinctively knew from the start and what, I believe, consumers instinctively know as well. The tag line on our website says "Supporting Local Communities and Promoting Sustainability". Makes sense. Right? Not so fast. [...]

By |2022-01-20T22:36:25+00:00June 30th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

How Are We REALLY Doing?

Starting any kind of business is never easy. You truly don't know what you don't  know. I see people in the store and out of the store and many of them ask the same question. "How are you doing?" I say "Good" And then they ask. "How are you really doing?" I presume this is because we opened during a pandemic, at the beginning of winter (not an ideal time to open a building supply store), [...]

By |2022-01-20T22:26:04+00:00June 18th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

A Visit From Maine Forest Service

Left to right:Commissioner Amanda Beal (Commissioner of Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry),Oliver Markewicz, District Forester for York County and Part of Cumberland, Shane Duigan, District Forester for most of Cumberland County, Ryan Holland (Lumbery owner), Alex Bettigole(Lumbery owner), Michael Friedland(Lumbery owner), Director Patty Cormier (Director of Forestry), Allison Kanoti (State Entomologist, Maine Forest Service, Forest Health and Monitoring), Field Team Leader Morten Moesswilde (supervisor of Forest Policy and Management field team), Treebeard What happens when [...]

By |2022-01-20T22:18:17+00:00May 5th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Cedar Doesn’t Grown On Trees Ya Know!

WE HAVE MAINE Northern WHITE CEDAR! DECKING, POSTS, SHIPLAP, TONGUE AND GROOVE; ROUGH AND SMOOTH. Visit our site for a full list of materials and pricing. It won't last long and when it's gone we are not sure we can get more. Supply chains have gotten all messed up, building materials have become scarce and they are only going to get harder to find as the summer progresses. But as of yesterday we are flush with white cedar! [...]

By |2022-01-20T22:14:09+00:00April 30th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Scandal! Long Island Lobster sold in Maine Fish Market.

Would a fish market in Maine sell lobster from away? Fuhgeddaboudit. If you live in Maine why would you buy a lobster from Long Island? There's plenty of lobstermen in Maine and there are plenty of lobsters. The answer is, you wouldn't. So why would you buy a pine board from Georgia? There's plenty of loggers in Maine, there's plenty of mills, and there certainly is plenty of pine. The answer is, you aren't presented with [...]

By |2021-04-23T16:14:21+00:00April 21st, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Food trucks/Community/Lumber store

We fully embody the premise of supporting local communities. This is why we purchase our wood almost exclusively from small mills. And we also fully believe in supporting our own local community right here in Cape Elizabeth. To that end we have partnered with the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, sponsor Cape baseball and lacrosse, provide a highly visible, safe space to sell Girl Scout cookies or wreaths for the hockey team. We offer our advice to [...]

By |2021-04-21T20:07:47+00:00April 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Log Siding Chic

Be the first person in your cul de sac to be country chic!!! I was really hoping that log siding might be the new hip thing. Much like a deer head mounted on the wall of a fancy Manhattan Condo. It seems out of character and that is what makes it cool. Right? So when the mills told me to carry log siding at my store I thought...I'm not sure how this is going to go over in Cape [...]

By |2021-04-21T19:59:38+00:00April 8th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Wood Nerd?

I have been referred to, by friends and others, as a wood nerd. Most likely because I own a wood store and most my conversations relate to wood but I believe upon closer examination you would agree with me that I am more of a story nerd. Read the passage below and answer questions 22-25 Anna and Don walked into the Lumbery and were greeted by a fine fellow who introduced himself as Mike. Good day [...]

By |2021-04-21T19:58:01+00:00March 30th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Maine Homes Magazine

 “There’s a local movement for everything, but somehow the synapses don’t connect when it comes to wood.” —Michael Friedland We are so psyched to be featured in this months edition of Maine Homes by Downeast. Our basic message seems to be resonating. If you live in Maine shouldn't you have an opportunity to buy Maine wood and support small Maine mills. Farmers can sell their goods at farmers markets, restaurants and even grocery stores but wood mills have [...]

By |2021-04-21T19:51:13+00:00March 25th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Road Trip!!!

 “I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” —Piglet   That's right my friend. I am brimming with excitement. Tomorrow Ryan and I are heading to the great north to visit some old mill friends and meet some new mill friends.  We have our snowboards snagged to the Fuso just in case some mountains get in our way. First we head to Rangeley area, then towards Presque Isle, then onwards to Houlton. Our goals are to A) [...]

By |2021-04-21T19:37:41+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Supply and Demand

It is March and mills are already low on supply. This is a very big concern. Believe it or not I am worried. My biggest fear is to own a wood store that does not have any wood. I called two mills yesterday. One said that I can possibly receive more inventory in May and the other mill simply said that they were sold out of their inventory for the entire summer. We, at the Lumbery, are going [...]

By |2021-10-26T12:26:38+00:00March 16th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Pooh was right!

You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. We have to go to them sometimes. -Winnie the Pooh I must admit that I live a bloody good life. My job is to visit mills, meet really cool, talented, resourceful, hard working people and buy the dopest, highest quality wood I have ever seen at any lumber store ever! And the stories...they are just too good.  Duane Dewey needs to actually [...]

By |2021-11-24T10:51:52+00:00February 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Who knew a lumber and hardware store could be so romantic? Good wood always makes my heart beat faster. Maybe it'll work for you too. Stop in and grab your gift or gift card this week...or simply learn some Tips and Tricks from the Pros on finding Studs:) To get us ready for the big day here are some fantastic V-Day quote's to make you smile. "Love thy neighbor—and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, [...]

By |2021-04-05T15:16:47+00:00February 9th, 2021|Letters|0 Comments

Reclaimed Has Arrived

There is something special about lines, wrinkles and blemishes. Now available at the Lumbery, reclaimed lumber! Perfect for shelving, bookcases, frames, counters, tables, more and more. And no, the old guy is not for sale. He's just smiling because he picked up some beautiful boards. Come see for yourself the beauty of reclaimed wood and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for current pics of new arrivals. Michael Friedland and the entire Lumbery Crew LUMBERY mainewood@lumbery-me.com www.lumbery-me.com      Promoting Sustainability [...]

By |2021-10-26T12:16:16+00:00February 3rd, 2021|News|0 Comments

Carbon Capture Technology

I read the news a lot. Too much actually. And I follow stocks a lot. Again too much. Recently I have been intrigued by carbon capture technology. It sounds amazing. Too much carbon in the atmosphere? Well let's just remove it. But it's a double edged sword. You see...the biggest investors in carbon capture are the biggest polluters. Yes, I am all for any scientific advances that help reduce carbon emissions but I don't want it to [...]

By |2021-04-05T15:18:29+00:00January 18th, 2021|News|0 Comments


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