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.




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 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 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

The Low Down on Non-Traditional Decking Options

Bannerkristofer2There are many options to choosing the right material for your deck and it can be a bit confusing.  Reading blog posts such as this and doing online research is a great start, but we encourage you to talk one on one with our Sales Professionals to see each product in person and talk about which one will be correct for your decking environment.

Non Traditional Decking Options

  • PVC (plastic)
  • Capped Composite (wood fibers with plastic sealed in harder plastic shell)
  • Composite (wood fibers with plastic)

These wood substitute decking materials will remove a large amount of time devoted to upkeep, but can cost you a bit more than traditional wood options.  The question one must ask themselves when debating over the traditional vs. non-traditional decking options, is how much is your time worth? With non-traditional decking material, most of the staining, & painting that traditional wood decks require are eliminated. They resist rotting, stains and splintering to assist in keeping decks looking attractive and more usable. PVC is even recyclable. (Cleaning the deck, while not required, will go a long way to making your investment look good for the life of the product)

Both deck styles will save you from many hours of upkeep. Which deck style is the right investment for you? Use the answers below as a guide to be used with our helpful chart.

Which decking is able to withstand the elements better?

Because of the composite’s modified structure, and PVC being plastic, they are both insect and rot resistant. PVC and composite decking are outstanding at repelling moisture. PVC & Capped Composite can be installed where direct water contact will occur and not warp, split or rot, whereas composite decking can expand and contract with extreme temperatures and water absorption. This may loosen joints and can possibly make decks unstable. In hot, sunny areas, PVC decks can get very hot on the soles of the feet and actually radiate heat, making them uncomfortable.

Which decking has better fade resistance?

HBS-DISPLAY-OUTDOORPVC decking and Capped Composite have less fading than composite decking. It is important to know that composite decking will weather to a more natural hue within the first six months. Paying attention to sun exposure should play a major part in your decision on which type of decking to choose. A southern exposure will fade a composite deck.

Which decking has better slip resistance?

Non-traditional decking has made great strides in providing a safe surface to walk on in wet environments.  The more embossed the surface and the larger amount of grooves provide greater grip. (Most all manufacturers build their product to ADA skid resistance requirements eliminating this concern)

Which decking will resist scratches?

PVC has a greater resistance to scratching, but it is advisable to protect any non-traditional deck by putting protective covers on the feet of patio furniture and anything that may be dragged across the surface.

Which decking looks the most like wood?

Many non-traditional wood decks use to be considered fake looking, but with years of trial and error are finally proving their worth with both PVC and composite board patterns.  This applies not only to the color and streaking but also to the embossed grain pattern on the boards.  Most will say that it’s a matter of opinion now that the coloring and texture have been mostly randomized throughout 20’ lengths. Some manufacturers may have surface grain pattern repeating every three feet.  It is best to see it in person as this is one of the last determining factors at making your choice.

Is there a large price difference between PVC, Capped Composites and Composites?

  • PVC (plastic) averages $4.00 a linear foot but can go up from there with higher end manufacturers and variated color options.
  • Capped Composite (wood fibers with plastic sealed in a harder plastic shell) averages $3.40 a linear foot Color options and variated colors will also increase the price
  • Composite (wood fibers with plastic) averages $2.60 a linear foot

Decking Comparison Chart

Direct Links to Non-Traditional Decking Manufacturer Websites


Rebates, rebates, rebates

Save money on your paint & stain projects with the many paint and stain rebates going on for the summer.

  • Only days left to take advantage of the Superdeck Mail-In rebate AND our June Stain Sale. Utilizing both will save you over $14.00 per gallon on all Superdeck stains!  More info HERE.
    Ask your Paint Specialist for a rebate form!
  • Also don’t forget our June stain sale features 20% off all Penofin Stains until June 30th!
  • Sikkens ProLuxe summer mail-in rebate will save you $8 off per gallon on all Sikkens ProLuxe wood stains and finishes. Click HERE for the Sikkens ProLuxe Mail in Rebate Form
  • Pratt & Lambert has an ongoing Mail-In rebate of $10 off one-gallon Accolade Products after Mail-In rebate and $5 off one-gallon Red Seal Products. Click HERE for Mail in Rebate Form.


We’d appreciate a vote for Best Hardware Store & Lumber Yard!

bannerlumberOur employee owners and our families would appreciate your vote today for your favorite Lumber Yard and Hardware Store in the Peninsula Daily News “Best of the Peninsula” contest.

Vote here -> Clallam County Shopping Ballot and look for us under Hardware store and or Lumber Yard> Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. AND be sure and vote again for Hartnagel Building Supply!

Thank you for voting by June 24th!


  • To make a vote, go to the category page you wish to vote for (list at the top left) and expand the subcategory you wish to vote for.
  • Find your favorite business, organization, person, or place on the list.
  • Click the “Vote” button to the left of the name.
  • The button will change to say “Voted” and turn green. Your vote has been saved, and you can leave the page or continue voting.
  • If you can’t find your favorite in a subcategory, please write it in in the write in box at the bottom of the subcategory. Please be sure to spell the name correctly and use proper capitalization, since a relevant write-in will be added to the ballot. Please make sure your write-ins are places open to the public or people doing business with the public. No matter how good your aunt’s chili is, the point of this ballot is to help other residents of the Peninsula find the best goods and services available to them.
  • You can vote in as many subcategories as you want and skip as many as you want. You can stop at any time and all votes you have made at that point will be saved. You can come back and resume at any time. If you change your mind, change your votes by voting for something else in the same subcategory.
  • Hurry voting ends June 24th

Pratt and Lambert Summer Savings Mail in Rebate



Save up to $10 on Accolade and $5 on Red Seal interior and exterior paints through Pratt & Lambert’s summer mail-in rebate program through 7/10/16.

Our paint specialists are here to assist you in your next paint project with product suggestions, color matching and proper choice of paint accessories!

Print Rebate Form HERE

    Accolade® Products
    RedSeal®, RedSeal® Supreme, Primer, StainShield®, and Skylight® Products
  • ***Mail-in rebate offer valid for purchases made between 5/21/16 and 7/10/16. Rebate forms must be received by 8/7/16. See rebate form for complete details. Save up to $80 total per household and/or address. Some products may not be available at every store. Quarts, Color Sampler, and Pro-Hide® products not eligible for rebate. ®2016 Pratt & Lambert Paints


Friends of Scouting Breakfast

Friends and Neighbors,

For well over a hundred years Boy Scouting has been helping shape the future leaders of our country and our community.  The Olympic Peninsula has a very rich history of scouting and a great backyard to learn some very wonderful life skills.  To make the most of the opportunities in scouting, many of our youth need help and that is where you come in.  On Wednesday, June 1st at 7 a.m. at the Vern Burton Center, the Mt Olympus District will be hosting their annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast where you can come learn about what the scouts are doing, how they are growing, and why scouting benefits all of us on the Olympic Peninsula.

Growing up in scouting, I know that many of the life lessons I use today came from that upbringing.  I also know that without the generous support of the community both in scouting and not, I would not have been able to participate given my family circumstances.  In 1993, I earned the rank of Eagle Scout because the community believed in me and I learned to believe in myself through the successful completion of my Eagle Scout project and twenty one merit badges along the way.  I am asking you to please join me for the Friends of Scouting Breakfast.

To learn more please click at Friends of Scouting or to RSVP, please contact me at (360) 452-8933 or via email at  I am looking forward to sharing with you the power of scouting!

Kelly-Fox-ImageYours Truly,

Kelly Fox – CEO Lumber Traders Inc
Eagle Scout Troop 401 Auburn WA

Lumber Commodity Prices being affected by Canadian fires

OSB Plywood and Stacked dimensional lumberRight now commodity prices are on fire. Literally and figuratively.  The wildfires in Alberta have limited the production of logs at the time when demand is exploding across the United States.

Adding to those woes, an OSB mill also burned to the ground last week in the same region.  The lack of supply and the increased demand will probably fall over into the CDX markets soon, as they are now trading as close to OSB prices as I have seen them in a long time and I expect them to move up. Wildfire burning trees and large flames This week OSB prices jumped up by more than $1 per sheet in just about every thickness or application.

Our buyers, Ron and Todd, are doing what they can to keep us in stock and to protect the prices we have quoted but we will be following the market as the building season unfolds based on increased replacement costs and limiting the number of days we can hold pricing.  As the industry works through some of these challenges, I expect there to be more volatility in the weeks and months ahead.

Be sure and check out our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet on our Blog Page to stay up to date on these coming changes.

If you have any questions, please ask your salesperson or contact me directly.


Kelly Fox – CEO
Lumber Traders Inc.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply