Eastern Spruce, Pine and Fir (SPF) has been the choice of builders for many years. As the first choice for framing material, softwood lumber is dependable, cost-effective and offers a superior strength-to-weight ratio. Kiln drying helps to ensure a consistent product time after time.

The benefits of Eastern Spruce, Pine and Fir (SPF)

  • Smaller, tighter knot size
  • Slower growth species promotes tighter wood grain for better strength, value and dimensional stability
  • Preferred species for its workability in construction applications.

Why our Eastern Spruce, Pine and Fir?

  • We currently operate six manufacturing facilities in Eastern Canada that provides easy access to the Eastern U.S.; shipments by truck and rail throughout North America and by ocean to many export markets
  • NLGA standards are inspected by the Maritime Lumber Bureau (MLB)
  • Capability to heat treat products.


Appearance grade is our highest grade of lumber. Appearance grade exceeds the National Lumber Grading Standards and is characterized by limited wane and limited knots. It is sold mainly within the retail industry. J.D. Irving produces Appearance grade 2x3, 2x4, 2x6 and 2x8 in both stud grade and dimensional random length (10Ft - 16 FT).


All of our 1&2 products are graded to meet and exceed the National Lumber Grades Authority grading rules. This product has minimal defect on it edge and face. Lumber in this grade category is graded to be used for light structural framing and structural joists. Home construction, renovation and manufactured trusses and joists dominate the use of this lumber.


J.D. Irving produces 2x3, 2x4 and 2x6 studs. Studs are intended for vertical use in structural framing applications, such as walls in homes. This grade provides a more than adequate nailing edge with minimal defects on the remainder of the piece to ensure adequate strength values for the intended application.


This grade of lumber has more visible defects than 1&2 and can be used in non structural applications. Most commonly used by manufacturing firms. Value can easily be added to this product by chopping, ripping, trimming to be used in part or whole for various industrial and component uses.


The lowest quality of all of our grades. This is a recovery item that can be used in many non structural applications. It is also used by manufacturing firms as well as in packaging and shipping. Value can easily be added to this product by chopping, ripping, trimming to be used in part or whole for various industrial and component uses.


Eastern White Pine (EWP) is the natural choice where warmth, character and quality are preferred. Everlasting for interior and exterior applications, Eastern White Pine (EWP) has been the traditional choice of craftsmen in New England and Eastern Canada since the 1700s.

Used initially as ship masts, its qualities were known for having incredible strength, the ability to grow true and tall, and yet be very lightweight. Today the growth qualities are the same, and the uses have broadened to interior patterned wainscoting, flooring, moldings, exterior siding, log home construction, crating, packaging, shelving, and furniture.

The Benefits of Pine

  • Eastern White Pine (EWP) is naturally decay resistant
  • Easily shaped and dimensionally stable
  • This soft, stable wood is one of the least resinous of all pines, and has a beautiful red-knotted appearance
  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • Eastern White Pine (EWP) has a fine grain and uniform texture, allowing it to be shaped, profiled and finished clear, stained or painted, in endless applications interior or exterior

Why Our Pine?

  • Eastern White Pine (EWP) grows slowly in northern climates, providing a high quality, dimensionally stable product. Eastern White Pine (EWP) is soft, lightweight and durable making it suitable for millwork, paneling, siding, casket making and industrial packaging. It is easy to machine and holds paint and stain extremely well.
  • In addition to natural Eastern White Pine (EWP), at our value-added facility in Cobleskill, New York we offer primed finger joint made from Eastern White Pine (EWP) and an array of painted products, both latex and oil based.
  • Two modern manufacturing facilities located in Doaktown, New Brunswick and Dixfield, Maine.
  • Largest producer of Eastern White Pine (EWP) in North America
  • All grades certified by the Northeastern Lumberman’s Manufacturing Association (NeLMA).

Four grades: Select, Premium, Standard and Industrial


Hardwoods have been valued for centuries as a raw material for the finest furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, flooring and other work of craftsmen. As well, those species and varieties grown in cold northern climates are among the most sought-after by manufacturers of high-quality wood products.

The Benefits of Hardwood

  • Our hardwood sawmills have the technical capability to saw to customer specifications and grade to the customers end use requirement
  • The various species of hardwood are very versatile. They can be used for everything from toothpicks to high-end furniture
  • Excellent strength and durability
  • Can be stained to a beautiful finish or can be clear coat sealed to retain the natural look of the wood
  • Luxurious grains and timeless quality.

Why Our Hardwood?

  • J.D. Irving, Limited’s hardwood resource is among the finest available anywhere. With our modern plants we manufacture a wide range of commodity and value-added products.
  • We produce both green and kiln-dried commodity hardwood in random widths and random lengths graded to NHLA standards.
  • Quality focused from the forest to finished product, we offer wood components, retail lumber and premium lumber used by manufacturers of furniture, flooring, cabinetry, woodenware, handles, paneling, musical instruments and sporting goods.

Hard Maple
Hard Maple is used in many applications such as residential flooring, furniture, paneling, sport floors, kitchen cabinets, worktops, table tops, butchers blocks, toys, kitchenware, millwork & mouldings, staircases, and doors.
Soft Maple
Soft Maple is mainly used in the manufacturing of furniture, paneling, moulding and millwork, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments, and turnings.
Yellow Birch
Yellow Birch is mainly used in furniture manufacturing, millwork and paneling, doors, flooring, kitchen cabinets, turnings and toys.
We manufacture six (6) grades of hardwood boards based on the National Lumber Grading Standards ranging from our highest FAS grade, Selects, and Common Grades 1 through 3.