Since 1798, J. Gibson McIlvain Company has provided hardwood and softwood lumber to both historical and high end architectural projects. In the early 1900s, the company opened its first mill. Since then, our exotic and domestic lumber has appeared in restoration and modern design projects all across the country.
We run paneling, window and door parts, chair rails, bases, casings, crowns, decking, and flooring to meet your uniquely specified needs. We often work directly with the architect and project manager to assure every detail – whether interior or exterior – of a room, house, or building is executed perfectly. Project managers will love working with our knowledgeable staff, because we get the job finished exactly to your specifications and delivered on time.
Architectural millwork houses require a different caliber of lumber than most. The NHLA grading systems that declare a board is of FAS quality may not yield the lengths necessary for long moulding runs. Essentially, the grading systems were developed for the furniture industry, as this was the dominant user of lumber 100 years ago. We recognize the merit of standard grading systems, but we feel we have to raise the bar when selecting lumber for our millwork customers and their projects. Lengths in excess of 12 feet are common, and the grain must be consistent in order to prevent tear out while milling. Additionally, the quality of machining plays a major role in the finished product. Therefore, we are ever vigilant in keeping our cutting tools razor sharp and our machines running in peak condition.
These days, architectural millwork involves so much more than just hardwoods. Plywood plays a major role for panels, so our customers look to us to provide not only custom picked lumber for the project, but also a full range of top quality hardwood plywood to round out the order. Being able to source all the wood products from one dealer saves a great deal on shipping and also gives you greater peace of mind knowing that the same diligence we put into grading our lumber will be leveraged on the quality of your plywood.
Ultimately, with our multi-step quality process, we are selecting millwork quality lumber as it comes into our yard, and our awareness of the unique demands of this industry result in the exceptional quality of the finished product. Our staff can help you pick the right species for your job and also assist you in creating the right lay up and moulding profiles for the application.