Wood prices are crazy. Out of sheer boredom I was gonna crank out a few cedar birdhouses but birds don’t need such expensive digs. I live across from the so-called Xerox/Tektronix property, and some bioscience company is moving in and doing a major revamp. An unbelievable number of old (and big) fir and oak trees are being removed. The construction crews are treating the logs like gold and I’m sure they will be used to help defray the cost of the project. Too, my sister recently logged most of her 40 acres out of Molalla. They weren’t the biggest or best trees, but between the increased fire danger and sky rocketing lumber prices, it was time to cut. I don’t think the high prices are due to gouging. It’s just that demand has gone through the roof. Too, a lot of Oregon timber was lost or damaged during the ice storm…..and last year’s fires. Then of course likely struggles to find enough employees during the pandemic, transportation issues and costs, etc, etc, etc. A lot of things are driving lumber costs right now…….and timber owners are taking advantage.