The J. Gibson McIlvain Company has been providing high quality wood products since 1798 and is a trusted and well known name in the wholesale lumber business.
Our global reach makes us a powerful distributor of both domestic and imported, exotic hardwood lumber such as Teak, Genuine Mahogany, and Ipe.
We supply hardwood plywood in many popular species as well as Marine Grade plywood in Bruynzeel Okoume and Douglas Fir. J. Gibson McIlvain also offers hardwood moulding services with our extensive millwork catalog and custom profiles available upon request.
Our millwork department is prepared to create your custom mouldings, run your flooring, create panel layups, or run entire millwork packages for your project; we’ll then ship it nationwide right to your job site.
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you determine the right product for your project and even suggest alternatives when budgets are tight and supply is low. With over 7 million board feet in stock and our own trucking fleet, we can deliver top quality materials just in time wherever your project is located. We are the wholesale lumber experts.
Any call or email we get for marine grade plywood results in a series of questions about why it is needed and how it will be put to use. The term “marine grade” is used a bit too liberally by manufacturers to be trusted at face value. In other words there are many shades of […]
As if it were some kind of perpetual motion machine, wood will never stop moving. No matter how old it is, what has been done to seal it, fasten it, or restrain it, the wood will move. Accept it, and move on. Understanding how and why your wood moves is necessary if you are going […]
All wood species have extractives or chemicals in the wood that can make the wood rot resistant or weather resistant or even tasty. Maple Syrup is one tasty example of a wood extractive. While some extractives are useful when actually extracted from the tree like the aforementioned Maple Syrup or Turpentine, others remain part of […]
As an importer of record in many exotic species like Genuine Mahogany, Teak, and Ipe; J. Gibson McIlvain is acutely aware of the stigma attached to rainforest wood species and the spectre of global warming that looms over our industry. The facts are that deforestation is not a result of the lumber import trade, but […]
Give Your Teak a Sun Tan to Correct Its Crazy Color Every wood specie will change color in the sun and especially right after it has been planed to expose fresh fibers. Teak is a real problem child when it comes to color because of all the oils and resins in the wood that […]
Spring time is here and with it comes deck building season. This is the time of year when our millwork department spends 75% of the day grooving Ipe decking boards for hidden fasteners. At any given moment there are several trucks being loaded with Ipe to be shipped off to our customers around the country. […]