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Cedar logs, lumber, shakes from Northern Forest Products

This portable sauna is made from lumber and material from S.A. Trufant & Company.
This portable sauna is made from lumber and material from S.A. Trufant & Company.

S.A. Trufant & Company/Northern Forest Products is located at 4188 Terpening Road in Harbor Springs. They have been in business since 1989. They serve a niche market for people who want to build with Northern White Cedar and Eastern White Pine logs, but who don't want to buy a kit house. They use lumber from the northern Great Lakes area, including Michigan.

This is a great Michigan source if you want to build that cabin in the woods, the country house on the lake shore, or the log home along the river. Northern Forest Products sells in small quantities, so you can add a cedar closet, a log staircase, or a special panel door to your existing home. Check out the project photos on their website for more ideas.

According to their website:

While Northern Forest Products does not do house plans or sell precut building packages, we do represent several small to medium size specialty lumber mills in Michigan and Canada, and sell their products directly to our customers. The mills get better exposure and our customers get better prices. Most of the items we sell are not generally available in the local lumberyard and companies selling packages don't usually want to part out their material. Our experience in building is also a great asset to new customers who are just starting out with their project. We are happy to answer your questions and try to make certain you get the right material for the job.

They sell cedar shakes that can be stained or left to weather to a silver grey color. They have paneling in 1x4, 1x5, and 1x6 boards. They offer flooring in oak, red pine, and white pine. They sell quarter-and half-cut logs for siding. They offer the material for decks, railings, mantels, doors, staircases, and barn stalls.

They can also help you with sauna linings. You build up the structure with studs and insulation. They sell you a package with everything you will need to finish it off. If you have already bought some of the supplies, they can work out a "parts package" for you.

S.A. Trufant & Company can also broker all grades of western red cedar and western pine either direct from the distributor for small orders or in truckload quantity from the Pacific northwest. This includes siding, paneling, shakes and timbers. Small quantities can go via UPS and larger amounts can be shipped by common carrier. Samples are available.

You can phone them at 231 526 5909. You can email them at

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