The Price of Redwood These Days


Saw this truck with redwood recently out in front of Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley. I had just bought some outrageously expensive rough con heart redwood boards for two planter beds, and I said to the carpenter, what’s that, about $500?

He said, Don’t I wish — $1500, and showed me the bill.

Lumber prices hereabouts quadrupled this last year, now down to about double compared to a year ago.

Note: Not sure why it’s called “Oceanview,” the ocean is 12 miles away.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to The Price of Redwood These Days

  1. Hey Lloyd, it’s not just redwood.
    It’s timber in general. I live in a small island (La Palma) part of the Canary islands.
    Used to be easy to find several kinds of pine and fir, all imported from mainland Europe. Last couple of months the timber is just not available and when it is, price is more than double what it was in May…
    I’m starting to process some Canarian pine and chestnut with chainsaw and bench planer. Looks like that’s gonna have to be the way from now on…

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