Angeles Millwork Becomes Premier SIPs Dealer

To fill the client’s desire for SIPS on a custom Ked-Ter Construction Inc. home,  Angeles Millwork has become a preferred dealer of Premier SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels).  The anatomy of a Premier SIP  is a composite of three materials.  OSB, InsulFoam EPS and a Laminating Adhesive. SIPS will be a welcome addition to our quality building products and will allow homeowners and contractors the ability to build homes and commercial buildings with the potential to save money on labor and create stronger, more energy efficient structures.

Stronger.

Imagine buildings with large soaring roof lines, open vaulted ceilings and no truss system. When buildings are constructed with Premier SIP roofs, the roof structure alone is strong enough that it doesn’t need an engineered truss system.  Without the need for trusses, Architects and Designers have the opportunity to use their design creativity like never before.

The strength of a Premier SIPS structure gives building owners peace of mind that their new home or building is strong enough to last for years to come. Just ask the Premier SIPS homeowners who survived the Kobe, Japan earthquake (6.5 magnitude) in the 1980’s.  Their Structural Insulated Panel framed buildings were some of the few that remained standing after this earthquake.

Straighter.

Premier SIPS are delivered to the jobsite pre-cut ready for assembly. The large wall, roof and floor panels can be installed much like a puzzle.  The speedy installation not only saves builders time in the framing process, but the straight panels offer features that save other subcontractors hours (and even days) in their trades.

Straighter wall and floor panels mean the walls do not bow and curve, ensure faster installation of cabinets and counter tops, enable flooring contractors to lay tile, wood and other flooring products…all without the need of endless shimming and cutting. Straight walls help doors, windows and millwork go into place seamlessly, and offer lighting experts a flat surface to showcase interior lighting effects on a flat surface. And don’t forget the building and homeowners, who are able to display art and photographs on flat walls that do not bow or bend.

Greener.

The environmental benefits of choosing Premier Structural Insulated products are huge. As if significantly lower energy bills and reduced jobsite construction waste wasn’t enough to convince you that Premier SIPS are the cream of the “green” building products available today.  Then consider that Premier SIPS offer the use of materials made from rapidly renewable resources, better indoor air quality and temperature control and available tax credits & environmental certifications for the builder and homeowners.  We think you’ll agree that Premier SIPS are one of the best environmental framing products on the market.

SIPS Advantages to the Home Owner

  • Structurally Superior: Compared to non-engineered 2×6″ lumber.
  • Sound Investment: Appraisers now recognize advanced building materials and sustainable features in home values.
  • Strong Warranty Offers Peace of Mind (you won’t see this with stick framed lumber).
  • Reduced Heating/Cooling Costs: Up to 60% less!
  • Better for the Environment: Less energy used, reduces green house gas emissions.
  • Healthier Home Environments: Large panels with far fewer joints than stick framed construction mean fewer pollutants are able to enter the walls.
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ):  Tighter and better insulated structures enable the occupants to regulate the air quality with simple ventilation techniques.
  • Faster construction time: SIP panels come precut from the factory per your custom plans.  Much like a jig saw puzzle, SIPs are installed in days rather than weeks.  Therefore, a SIPs house can be dried in and ready for siding/roofing much faster than traditional 2×6 framed construction and batt insulation.

Check out the first eleven minutes of the video below shows the production of SIPS and tests their ability to hold up to loads, sheer and storm damage.

Learn more about the advantages of SIPS…

 

The Perfect Gift

Sometimes it can be difficult to buy the perfect gift for someone when you have no idea what they really need. And let’s be honest. No one wants to brave the crowds of last minute shoppers in stores shortly before Christmas. That is where the gift card comes in.  Both Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply have gift cards available to you, making it easy for them to pick out exactly what they need, when they need it.

Let’s make shopping easy.  Come on in to either of our locations and get a gift card today!

Denise’s Story

Denise FoxAs we find ourselves deep into October we see the pink ribbons, football players donning pink on the field, and a rise in media stories about breast cancer.  It has been approached and promoted in a multitude of different ways to help people take notice and raise awareness for the disease that affects 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men.

At Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply many of us have been affected by breast cancer and we want to do our small part by sharing one of our stories with you.

You may have met Denise Fox, Angeles Millwork Paint Specialist and wife of our CEO, Kelly Fox. The compression sleeve she wears on her arm to help maintain swelling as a result of the removal of the lymph nodes starts off many conversations that lead to Denise revealing her past and current deniseexperience with breast cancer. Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 just days after Kelly had accepted his dream job of being CEO of Lumber Traders Inc., parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply.

Denise’s main goal before the family’s health insurance changed with the new job was to get all medical checkups that could be done, which included Denise’s first mammogram.  Getting a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming to say the least, but hers was combined with the already stressful plans to move her family with daughters ages 3 and 6 to a new town.  As much as the diagnosis made Denise and Kelly question their future plans, striving for a more challenging professional life and greater future for their family was always the goal and would remain so even in the face of cancer.  The decision was made between Denise and Kelly for him to move to Port Angeles to begin the new job, while Denise remained in Federal Way near friends and family to undergo bilateral mastectomies and chemotherapy.

Denise describes the initial months as absolutely terrifying, but coming with a silver lining of support and love, “you find out how much your family and friends really love you.”  Denise goes on to describe how the petty differences that we all can relate to having with friends and family completely washed away.  Surviving cancer was all that mattered.

denise-and-familyDenise’s mom, Lois, was vital to her daily health and getting better. Lois would do household chores, errands, take the kids to and from school and keep them entertained while Denise focused on beating her cancer. Friends and family would deliver home cooked meals, call with support, send friendly and frequent texts, and even pick up Chipotle, the comfort food that Denise craved.

Frequent and simple support from family and friends was the greatest help to Denise.  She shares, “People meant well when they said, ‘let me know if I can do something for you,’ but I was never going to ask them to go to the grocery store to pick up milk.  But if they called from the store and asked what they could pick up for me, or ‘I’m bringing over lunch, what do you want?’ I felt more able to accept the help and it provided great assistance and support when they just did it, rather than asking for me to reach out.”  As uncomfortable and scary as cancer is, most patients want to spare others feeling uncomfortable or being inconvenienced.  Taking the action to just do it for another is a major help to those experiencing a serious illness.

denise-and-kellyDuring Denise’s treatment Kelly would come back to Federal Way every weekend, for doctor appointments, chemotherapy, and on the fourth day after treatment.  This was the day that the effects of chemo and other medications left Denise the most fatigued and in the most pain.  On weeknights that Kelly would stay in Port Angeles Denise found great comfort in her dachshund, Sadie.  Before the cancer, Sadie would burrow next to her chest and now instinctively knew to burrow lower down to not cause Denise any discomfort.

Some of the most challenging aspects of fighting cancer for Denise were the depression and the feeling of being alone.  Even in the face of so much obvious support the loneliness was frightening and sometimes debilitating.  Learning to be “OK” in the face of such emotional and physical discomfort took and still takes a lot of effort.

Once treatment ended and doctors had declared N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) many assume the fight for Denise and Kelly was over.  Although the major battle was won, the fight continues.  Overcoming the collateral damage of treatment, finding a new normal, and struggling with the fear of recurrence is a daily challenge.  The family impact was huge but they were blessed to find themselves a stronger couple from the experience. The relationships with friends and family took on a deeper importance and “you look at your kids with a renewed sense of gratitude,” says Denise.

dsc05076-2Denise still undergoes quarterly checkups, and will continue to take medication for another 8 years to reduce the chance of recurrence.  She will continue to wear her compression sleeve with pride for the rest of her life.  Both Denise, Kelly and their daughters Annika and Tilly reside in Port Angeles and enjoy time in the outdoors.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will have their annual Pink Saturday Sale on October 22nd. The two stores will be donating 5% of all retail sales for the day to local Port Angeles cancer support group Operation Uplift.  We would appreciate you coming by, shopping and joining us in support of those like Denise and the countless others affected by cancer.

Repairing a roof leak with Henry’s Wet Patch

Henry, Roofing, Patch, wet patch, port angeles, sequim, roof repair, roof leakThe coming fall and winter rains means that some of us will be discovering small roof leaks. Using Henry’s wet patch is the premium SBS modified bitumen compound for sealing roof leaks on wet surfaces. Made from heavy-bodied asphalt, Henry Wet Patch Roof Cement patches holes and cracks even in a driving rain or under water, and is so versatile it may be used whether the weather is wet, dry, hot or cold. It is especially easy to spread in cold temperatures and will seal around chimneys, vents, skylights and flashings.

Henry, Roofing, Patch, wet patch, port angeles, sequim, roof repair, roof leakBefore we get started it is of the utmost importance to make rooftop and ladder safety a top priority.  Please visit Everyone Needs a Roof on roof and ladder safety before going up on your roof.

How to safely & efficiently repair a small leak in a roof.

Small leaks and roof damage can become very costly if not handled immediately.  Not all roofing repairs are for the homeowner or do-it-your-selfer but small leaks and preventative maintenance can be handled by most able bodied homeowners. Please take all appropriate safely precautions as listed above when working on your roof.

Feel free to fast forward to the 1:28 mark of the video to skip the host’s introduction.

 

 

 

 

Composing and Presenting Your Photos – By Chuck Rondeau

Chuck-Rondeau-PhotographerNow that we’ve chosen a good digital camera, familiarized ourselves with it, and have learned enough about our wildlife subjects to get some photos, it’s time to think about the final product.

One of the most enjoyable elements of photography is the sharing of a striking photo that can take someone’s breath away.  These photos don’t have to be of exotic, rarely seen birds and animals.  They can be of creatures that we see everyday but are shown in a different way than what we normally see. By using the focal tools on the camera we can isolate the animal or bird and bring it into sharp focus while the rest of the background is soft and out of focus.  This is called creating Bokeh.  Bokeh is the wonderfully hazy backdrop to a crisp, sharp image of the subject.  The result is a photo that Chuck-Rondeau-Deer-Photography-Port-Angeles  leaves a lasting impression.

Another factor in creating spectacular photos is the placement of the subject.  rather than placing the bird or animal in the exact center of the shot, try to place it to one side or the other. With a bird in flight this can give the illusion of motion as the bird has an open area to “move” into.  The viewer’s eye will complete the scene and the results are impressive.

With most digital cameras you have a choice of shooting modes such as JPEG or Raw.  These are modes that allow different levels of editing once the shot is taken.  Editing can greatly improve a somewhat disappointing photo.  It doesn’t take too long to learn how to edit your photos and the time will be well spent.  Chuck-Rondeau-Goose-PhotographyWhether you wish to share the photo on social media or print them for framing, your editing program will have resolution choices that you can use to get great results.

The most important thing is that you’ve begun to see things differently and learned to use a camera to record the natural world around you.  Nothing will look as it once did and you will want to have that camera with you and ready all the time!  Enjoy the hobby and remember to share the beauty of our area generously!

We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Entries are open to all and the deadline of September 15th is fast approaching!  If you’ve missed any of his previous posts please click below.

Post 1 – Getting Started in Photography
Post 2 – Beginning Wildlife Photography

Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles.  You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.

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Thank You for Voting us Best Lumber Yards on the Peninsula!

Best-of-Blog-post-header 1We couldn’t be more grateful at receiving the honor of best lumber yards on the peninsula as voted by the readers of the Peninsula Daily News.  To all those that voted, thank you!  All the employee owners at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply feel that we have the best customers around and appreciate your loyalty and devotion to shopping local and continuing to support your hometown lumber yards!

Beginning Wildlife Photography – By Chuck Rondeau

Chuck-Rondeau-PhotographerIn our last installment, Getting Started in Photography, we looked at getting started in photography by seeking a camera that suits the task we’ve set for ourselves.  The choices are many and the process can be a challenge but also very enjoyable.

Having found a camera you like, the next step is to learn the camera’s basic functions and capabilities.  Much of that will be presented in the operating manual and the remainder can be determined by simply experimenting with the camera under different light situations and learning to make adjustments to the camera’s settings.  With that knowledge in hand, you can begin to seek out the subjects for your photos.  Since wildlife is the subject matter of this post, it’s time to understand the birds and animals that you hope to photograph.

_N2A6619Regardless of where you live there are many species of wildlife that you can attempt to photograph.  In most urban settings birds and animals are present.  In the more remote settings they are abundant.  Learning the most you can about them and their habits will aid you in finding ways to feature them in a pleasing image.  The best way to learn these habits and use them to your advantage is to observe them from a distance and take note of any characteristics that will give you an edge is getting closer than you might otherwise get.  As far as wildlife photography is concerned, the closer the subject the better in most cases.  A good pair of binoculars go a long way in assisting you in this endeavor.  1104Once you learn a bit more about the bird or animal you are seeking you’ll get much better photos of them!

Some of the things I look to exploit when photographing wildlife are based in the habitat in which they live, the seasons in which they are present in your area, and the time of day they are around most often.  For example, seeking waterfowl in my area during the summer is less rewarding than in the fall due to the fact that they migrate north leaving relatively few local birds to photograph.  The local birds that remain are nesting which means they are difficult to locate and like all nesting birds they should not be disturbed for ethical reasons.  Fortunately there are many species that are present year round and I simply choose those that give me the best opportunity to photograph them.  Once I have a subject in mind I determine the best location and time to find them available.  Most of them are more likely to be active feeding and drinking in the early morning and late evening hours. _N2A7725That means that I can photograph much of the morning, get some lunch and review my photos, and go back out in the evening for another chance at a good shot.  Careful planning enables a person to get shots that most photographers may not get.

The more you know about wildlife, their preferred environments, and the times you might find them available, the better your chances of getting a “once in a lifetime” shot.

Chuck will close out his contribution with a post on how to present your photos with regards to composition and editing. So remember to subscribe to our website posts and follow us on Facebook.

We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Entries are open to all and the deadline of September 15th is fast approaching!

Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles.  You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.

 

Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. Celebrates 110 years Serving Port Angeles & the Olympic Peninsula

Angeles-Millwork-Port-Angeles-Employees-1906Filion Mill & Lumber Co.As employee owners we have a sense of pride in what came before us and how it has helped mold us into the company we are today. We at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. celebrate the last one-hundred and ten years of serving Port Angeles and the greater Olympic Peninsula with great pride.

Founded by brothers Felix and Ishmael Filion, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Company first began as the Filion Mill & Lumber Co.  In 1892, Ishmael and his son Alfred were operating a mill in Huron County, Michigan, working with native hardwoods that were too small and limited for their desired applications. Felix Filion, brother to Ishmael was in Port Angeles in the summer of 1892 and wrote his brother about the great number of large logs that were available in the Clallam County area.  With that news the decision was made and the mill was shipped to Port Angeles on the steamer Island Belle in February of 1893.  Transported by horse-drawn truck the mill was assembled at what is now the corner of 11th and B street and was in running order in May of 1893.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co-1906-3The logging for the mill was done with oxen from the east end of Clallam County and progressed into using a donkey engine locomotive and cars that ran on a track built with wooden rails.  The mill primarily produced dimensional lumber and shingles for the peninsula.

In 1903 the mill burned to the ground in a large fire.  Many building projects within Port Angeles were delayed because the Filion Mill was the primary source of lumber and shingles in the area.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co-1906-pngThe mill was rebuilt at its current location at West 16th and C street and quickly became the largest employer in town, employing up to 55 men.  The mill produced on an average day 35,000 board feet of lumber and 70,000 shingles.  All the wood products were logged west of the mill toward dry creek and were moved by wagons pulled with teams of horses to their destinations.

Shortly before World War I the logging railroad was extended towards the east into Tumwater Valley and down to the waterfront.  Lumber and shingles could now be shipped into Seattle markets and Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co-1906-Port-Angelesbeyond.  After the war, railroad rails were taken up and were sold to companies in the Philippines.  Gasoline driven logging trucks began to dominate the industry and trucks hauled the finished products to their destinations.

In 1924 the sawmill was moved to the upper end of Tumwater creek to take advantage of the hydroelectric power.  The mill office and the lumberyard were maintained at the current site.

The largest employer in Port Angeles, the mill was always at the forefront of employee benefits and is rumored to be the first company in the U.S. to offer a retirement package.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co.-Port-Angeles-Old-AdvertismentAngeles Millwork & Lumber Company went through many changes as the local lumber yard and hardware store.  It made a transition to millwork, windows and moldings in the 40’s and chances are if you have a single-paned wood window on the peninsula, it was most likely produced at this facility.  Moving into the 60’s and 70’s, cabinets and moldings took center stage but lumber was still the tried and true quality product that was consistently driving the success of the business.

The store went through some additional changes and was rebuilt in 1978 and also in 1995 after a large snowfall caused the roof to give way.  Much of the focus has transferred from the production end to retail and contractor services.

Schoutens-100_1006In 1984 Arnold & Debbie Schouten became shareholders in Lumber Traders, Inc., the parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply and eventually acquired full ownership in the company. While Arnold held the positions of CEO/President and Debbie maintained Secretary/Treasurer positions, they were instrumental in the daily management and success of both locations.

In January 2004 Arnold and Debbie Schouten rewarded their dedicated employees and sold the two stores to the employees, creating the only 100% ESOP company headquartered in Port Angeles. Arnold and Debbie felt strongly that they wanted to provide a secure and profitable future for the company’s employees. By creating an ESOP the employee shareholders can have significant influence over the direction and success of the future of the company and themselves.  Arnold and Debbie have remained on the board of directors fulfilling an advisory roll when needed.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co.-1601-south-C-STThe next twelve years we saw some of the best of times and also some of the worst in the history of the company.  Through it all Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply have stayed true to providing quality building materials from knowledgeable employees.  Trusting this approach through all the ups and downs of the economy and the influx of big box stores has been the pivotal reason we have been able to serve you for 110 years.

The history of your hometown lumber and hardware store is of course important, but at the end of the day, it’s not where you’ve been that matters most, it’s where you’re going.  Kelly Fox, CEO has an idea of what that looks like HERE.

Be sure and join us in celebration of 110 years in business with a BBQ, vendor displays, games and prizes on Thursday,  August 25th at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.!  More information HERE.

Getting Started in Photography – By Chuck Rondeau

Chuck-Rondeau-PhotographerPhotography is a wonderful way to capture the beauty of the world around us for others to enjoy and to keep the memories of our time spent in special places with those we love.  While there are many types of photography ranging from portraiture to landscape, one of the most popular styles these days is wildlife photography.  Viewing photos from all over the world allows us to see creatures and habitats that we might never see in person.  Photos taken in our backyards is a great way to share our own world with others.

Getting started with this great pastime may seem daunting but it really isn’t.  Wildlife photography can be challenging but it can also be as simple as sitting near a bird feeder with an inexpensive digital camera. I would like to share with you some helpful hints on beginning and improving your photography skills.  The emphasis will be on shooting wildlife photos but the information will be just as useful in other types of photography.

Chuck-Rondeau-QuailLet’s begin by looking at the equipment you will need. First and foremost is a camera.  Obviously, there are thousands of different cameras to choose from so where does one begin?  A little homework that entails looking at photos that you like will help out immensely.  I choose my favorite camera by seeing the results that others are getting with that particular camera.  By determining what you can afford, you will eliminate a number of choices.  By deciding what kind of photos you want to shoot, such as close up shots of insects and flowers apposed to to large flocks of migrating water fowl, you will refine your choices in the equipment you will need.

Chuck-Rondeau-QuaillMany cameras and lenses offer capabilities that allow you the flexibility to do a wide variety of photo styles.  Starting out with an inexpensive camera doesn’t mean you won’t take great photos. My best advice would be to buy the best that you can afford.  Most camera manufacturers produce a wide selection of cameras that vary in price.  That variation is usually based on the quality of materials that they used to create the camera or lens. The quality of the materials will influence your ability to get better photographs.  Many websites will display photos with the camera information so the viewer can compare the photos taken by different cameras.

Get started today by comparing the various cameras and thinking about what photos you would like to take.  The growing world of photography is always looking for more photographers!

Chuck will be writing a couple more posts in the coming weeks on getting started in photography so remember to subscribe to our website posts and follow us on Facebook.

We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles.  You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.

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Angeles Millwork & Lumber Company Honored With Membership in the LBM Century Club

LBMCenturyClubMemberAngeles Millwork & Lumber Company of Port Angeles, Wash. has been named to LBM Journal magazine’s LBM Century Club, in recognition of the company’s 110 years of service to its community.

“We’re honoring lumberyards with a century or more of service to their communities and to our industry,” says LBM Journal Publisher and Editor Rick Schumacher. “For more than 100 years, these companies have been supplying builders, homeowners and remodelers with building materials—all while providing a livelihood for generations of workers. That’s no small thing. The LBM Century Club was created to recognize and celebrate these companies for all they’ve done, and for standing the test of time.”

AMWSince 1906 Angeles Millwork & Lumber company has served its customers without fail. LBM dealers like Angeles Millwork & Lumber have weathered economic storms with resilience and have adapted to ever-changing trends in housing, business management, environmental requirements and design trends, and have kept communities strong along the way.

Members of the LBM Century Club, which is sponsored by Epicor, will be recognized in LBM Journal magazine and on LBMJournal.com. In addition, members in attendance will also honored at special reception at the LBM Strategies Conference 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. in September.

About LBM Journal
LBM Journal is the leading media company serving America’s lumber and building material industry. Now in its 13th year, LBM Journal delivers the latest information on products, industry trends and business insights via a print magazine, the LBM Alert e-newsletter, and the LBMJournal.com website. The company’s signature live event, the LBM Strategies Conference 2016, will be held at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., September 6-8. To learn more about the event, visit www.LBMStrategies.com