|Article from Today’s Home Magazine
By Gabrielle Saveri
The company—which sells high-grade softwoods from California and the northwest, and exotic woods from all over the world—was recently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the second time and acknowledged by the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance as a chain-of-custody company, making Jackel Enterprises one of the most environmentally friendly lumber companies in California.
In addition to covering up unsightly steel members or an exposed structural timber, the unique Box Beams also provide a channel for lighting, wiring, and sprinklers, and they’re available in a wide selection of textures and finishes. “Each Box Beam is custom-made to your specifications, so you can get them the exact size you want,” explains Steve, noting that the Box Beams can be made up to 50 feet long, and 20 x 30 inches wide. “Plus the beams are relatively easy to install.” In 2008, Jackel Enterprises will be offering lumber in high-grade cedar from a special certified resource on Vancouver Island. The company deals primarily with contractors, but homeowners are also welcome shoppers, as are architects and designers. All Box Beams are made to order and take two to six weeks for production.The best part about Box Beams, however, is that they’re eco friendly. Because they’re a three-sided box rather than a solid beam, they use less wood to achieve the desired effect. Soon wood used for the Box Beams will be FSC certified, meaning there is a chain of accountability that allows the consumer to trace the wood all of the way back to the sustainable forest from which it came.