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From the Boardroom
September 2023

As we approach Fall, we can feel our busy season getting started. Thankfully, prices continue to drop on most of our domestic lumber. We continue to increase our product lines and services, and we are working hard to complete the renovation of our 7,500 s.f. warehouse in downtown Manchester.

Woodworking 101
Understanding the Basics of Lumber

Buying lumber can be a confusing prospect. In this article, we’ll provide you with an overview of the terminology most commonly used in the lumber industry, such as commonly used codes or abbreviations, as well as lumber sizing and grading.

Woodworking 101
Understanding Wood Grains

Looking for a characterful, pronounced pattern, or an understated, sleek and subtle design? Let’s break down wood grains, exploring different types and some fine examples you might want to try for your next project.

From the Boardroom
July 2023

Due the the positive feedback and interest he received on his June article on the process of how Parkerville selects and bids on larger projects, David decided to use his July message to add some additional details about this process.

Jenka Hardness Scale

The Janka hardness test was, created by researcher Gabriel Janka (1864–1932), measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28-millimeter-diameter (7⁄16 in) steel ball halfway into a sample of wood.

From the Boardroom
June 2023

In a prior article, David, gave an overview of Parkerville’s process of bidding on commercial work with general contractors or construction management firms. In this article, David provides a bit more information on how make decisions on what project to pursue – or not – and why.

From the Boardroom
April 2023

I’m not sure how many of you are college basketball fans but March Madness goes into April. It should be exciting series and we’re rooting for both teams. Go UConn!!

From the Boardroom
March 2023

We have recently joined the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut. It’s a great group of professionals that work together to support each other and the various construction trades and service companies that support them. Learn more about our relationship with HBRA in this month’s article.

From the Boardroom
February 2023

In this month’s From the Board Room we’re taking a few moments to talk about where we’ve been and where we’re headed. We are so grateful for the amazing collection of customers and friends we have made over the years. We look forward to the years ahead.

From the Boardroom
January 2023

I hope your holidays were great. I usually look forward to getting through this next week so that business can begin to stabilize and return to normal. The two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s always feel less productive. Everyone is shorthanded so getting feedback from vendors and suppliers goes in slow motion. Understandably, lots of people take well-deserved time off over the holidays.

From the Boardroom
December 2022

Here’s wishing you all the very best over the upcoming Holiday Season. On behalf of myself and our entire staff here at Parkerville, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for utilizing our services and purchasing our products and thereby supporting our talented, dedicated workforce and their families. We are grateful beyond words.

From the Boardroom
October 2022

We have new lumber in the shop!! We’re quite excited about our recent purchase of a beautiful collection of super colorful woods from around the world. Perfect for small projects and cutting boards. We even gave a great selection of Gabon Ebony.