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The Ambiguous Terrorist



These fellows stand on most street corners of America. And as they stand there mute, they scream to the point of being deafening. It goes without saying they will win out in the end. In as much as blowing up large buildings may have little impact on the long term. Crippling the over all economy of a nation will destroy one with quickness and a finality that cannot be over come. History is rife with examples. It is a sad commentary that in one of the most well read nations on earth; we cannot see the posted signs above these goodfellows. Telling U.S. the end is nigh. Our only hope at this juncture is to avoid these one armed mutes with their hoses in our car. Perhaps they will die out before we do.


Dennis Proffer


The previous commentary is not the opinion of this corporation






    Cypress lumber is oft times the most maligned lumber in the industry. Primarily because most folks don't where to look for it and or don't know what to do with it when they find it. Quoting directly from one Texas timber frame manufacturer, "Cypress is not a particularly strong wood." We have reclaimed houses, barns, docks, warehouses, and cotton gins that were built from cypress lumber that have stood for hundreds of years, and in commercial cases have withstood tremendous workloads. We would then re-saw or re-mill this wood and be astounded at the quality of the product. This is not something I have seen in any other common lumber.

    Another quote is "prone to ring shake separation." I would certainly hope so, if not the cypress shake would be on it's backside. Ring separation has not been a factor in any  cypress lumber that we have handled. The most often used criticism I have heard is, "it's so expensive". Well I'll tell you what you can do to belay that comment, nail a yellow pine 2"x 4" and cypress 2" x 4"  board to the side of a building, come back ten years later get your cypress board and try to retrieve what is left of the nails where the pine board was. "Expense is always relative to quality." A quote I will attribute to my ex-wife. Obviously, if you are building a low budget home cypress would not be the lumber of choice.  If you are building for those that are interested in an investment as well as the aesthetic beauty of the product, cypress is the lumber of choice.

     "Cypress is just not available in quantity." Same Texan.  I certainly will not suggest that it is as common as the pine that is being eaten by the pine beetle, but I have not had an order that I couldn't fill. That brings up another subject, wood decay and insect resistance. There are very few types of lumber that even come close to cypress lumber in these departments.  Last but not least lumber treatment. As far as I know lumber treatment has only been around for a few decades. There are cypress lumber buildings that have stood in this country for as long as there has been a U.S.A.     

Written by:
Dennis Proffer
Cypress Shakes Log Homes Inc.

NL #2

April 29, 2004
Old Growth Cypress

In as much as this is our second newsletter. I thought it would be appropriate invite anyone with
the spare time to read our first. It was published in the 2003 August issue of Builders Products Digest. 
  Now on to what we hope will be an informative if not, at least a lighter note. The Cypress industry is approaching a crisis in terms of old growth products. They are, as all the old dogs in the business know, fast disappearing. I just came by what I believe may be one of the most pristine 500 board feet of O.G. all heart vertical grain Cypress flooring I have ever seen. I am so impressed I am reluctant to sell it. Only because I fear I will never see another like it. Now that either means I am getting old, or I believe the day of this product is at hand. Both perhaps.
    I truly feel the only way we can arrest this problem, mine you not stop it. Is to start reflecting its scarcity on pricing. Unlike the pseudo oil shortage, this shortage is real. I suppose the Cypress Industry could form a cartel and raise prices every time we needed a new camel. That would in this country be perceived as price fixing and at last glance is considered illegal. So I suppose the only recourse is to just hold on to what we have in reserve until we can trade it for oil. Next week Pecan will be the topic and believe me, you may be surprised to hear the news.  

May 5, 2004

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    Pecan is starting to become the in wood in interior finishes, from paneling to flooring. We have a project, in a home on the east coast that is going to be pristine when completed.
    This room contains 3,000 sq ft. of pecan paneling, Hundreds of ft. of trim and finished exposed framing. Even the registers are routed into the paneling.
    The flooring is all heart vertical grain Pecan at 1,500 sq ft. To give you an idea of the size. The average house in this country runs about 2,000 sq ft.
    Pecan has been used as lumber forever, but is traditionally thought of for its fruit. It has a reddish hue that when finished out is absolutely gorgeous. It is a broadleaf and therefore a hardwood.
    We will be posting photos of this room as it is completed, but here is one with most of the paneling in place.




    Let me begin by apologizing for not keeping current with this newsletter. I have had a lot of difficulty this year with family passing and illness. At present things seem to be leveling off or at least I hope so.

   Now on to the subject at hand. CYPRESS is at an all time low in terms of supply. More and more I keep hearing my people say that they are not able to maintain a inventory, but  are just selling what they get in as they get it. This has been brought in part by an extremely wet spring and of course the cost of fuel being forced up by the oil companies.

   The latter having the greater effect. As we all know supply dictates the basic cost. Having said that the cost of acquiring supply is integral to all pricing.

    As long as the American public allows monopolies to function in this country, they will always have a stranglehold on our economic throats. We have in place laws that forbid monopolies in this country, but we are more concerned with putting a pot head in jail than being sure our elderly have gas money to go to their doctor or pharmacist.

   I must apologize once more. I never wax political but this situation will not go away simply by putting one's head in the sands of the middle east.



   Now I know how the fellow felt that wrote the perfect country and western song. this is the immediate response to this news letter. I will respond , but not today.

Hi Dennis
  What do you suggest that the average citizen should do about the problem? Our government doesn't appear to be able to resolve the problem or does not consider there is a problem. Does the guy on the street give a damn about monopolies or really understand their power?  I am serious if you have a solution let us in on it !! .
                                     Uncle. Tom

Dear Uncle Tom,
    Yes, the guy on the street does understand monopolies, and yes he does give a damn. While he may not be fully cognizant of the complexities. He does comprehend cause and effect. It does not not require a degree in economics to read a gas pump. (computer science perhaps)

    What to do. This is a solution that has no complexity. If each individual out there will talk to at least five other people he or she knows and convince them not to buy fuel next August 1st. with the understanding they will in turn convince five people they know to do likewise, the results could be significant enough to get the attention of oil producers, from the president of B.P. to the leaders of this nation.

Dennis Proffer
662-226-2238 / 662-226-0089



Dennis Lee Proffer


Cypress Shakes