Leonard Lumber

The Leonard Lumber Company was a wholesaler of fine hardwoods, pines, and mouldings. The business stocks kiln-dried local and foreign hardwoods, as well as Eastern, Sugar, Ponderosa, and Southern Yellow Pines. As a company, they were able to surface two sides (S2S), three sides (S2S/RIE), or four sides (S4S) using their custom mill, and could run standard or customized mouldings with their moulder. From their Durham, Connecticut facility, they would ship the lumbar on company trucks.


C. M. Leonard created the Leonard Lumber Company in Liberty, New York in 1943. The firm started off as a sawmill, producing hard maple, cherry, and birch. Brunswick-Balke, which ordered hard white maple bowling alley stock for its Chicago, Illinois business, was one of its first clients.

Leonard Lumber continued to export hardwoods across New York and throughout the New England states in the following years.

Leonard Lumber established a distribution yard in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 1965, where it supplied red oak and other Appalachian hardwoods, northern hard maple and birch, imported mahoganies, and teak. In addition, the firm became a significant distributor of western pines, particularly sugar pine, as well as ponderosa, eastern, and southern species.

The firm moved its distribution yard to a 14-acre location in Durham, Connecticut, in July of 1988. A separate office, warehouse, and planing mill are all part of the new complex.


Its milling has received great accolades from the industry due to its use of cutting-edge technologies. Two-sided, four-sided, tongue-and-groove, and straight-line torn lumber may now be machined to client requirements.

At Durham, Leonard Lumber has a large stock of high-quality kiln-dried hardwoods and pine in various thicknesses up to 4 inches. From these locations, shipments are made via company-owned vehicles or directly from sawmills to clients across the Northeast.

Leonard Lumber has evolved into a one-stop shop for many enterprises' hardwood and softwood requirements. Customers have learned to anticipate specific orders that need selection for unique widths and lengths. The firm is able to acquire from many of the greatest sawmills in the United States because of its reputation for quality.

Leonard Lumber provides its customers with information on current market circumstances and industry trends, as well as display items to aid with sales. The firm was one of the first to introduce dressed-four-sides timber to retail yards.

Leonard Lumber Company is now better equipped to serve clients with hardwoods, softwoods, and customized milling thanks to its new yard and mill.

Species of Lumber

Choosing the right lumber is one of the most important parts when having a project. If you are working on an outside project, you will want to pick a wood that can withstand the elements. Certain varieties of wood can assist guard against insects and water damage, while others are better suited for interior usage. You should also seek for timber species that are noted for their strength and durability.

  • Ash

    A sturdy, light hardwood with a grain pattern similar to oak. It bends easily and is commonly used in furniture, boat construction, and turning.

  • Basswood

    It's a popular among wood carvers who use it for decoys since it's light and delicate. The grain pattern is open and transparent. In woodwork, it's sometimes mixed with different hardwoods.

  • Birch

    a common hardwood in North America that is thick, robust, and shock resistant. It features a beautiful texture and a range of colors from white sapwood to reddish heartwood. Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, and toys are all examples of its applications.

  • Cherry

    It grows largely in the Eastern United States, with the Middle Atlantic States producing the majority of the commodity. It's a strong, glossy wood that's both sturdy and easy to work with.

  • Mohagany

    Species of tropical hardwood mahogany has a straight grain and good machining capabilities. Fine furniture, architectural woodworking, and boatbuilding are among its applications.

  • Maple

    Strong, resistant to shock, it is often used for gymnasium floors, bowling alleys and in industrial applications. It has a fine grain, machines well and can be used for cabinetry, furniture and wood turning.

  • Red Oak

    Today's most extensively used hardwood. It can be bent, has exceptional nail-holding properties, and can take on practically any finish despite its weight. Furniture, flooring, trim, and cabinets all utilize it.

  • White Oak

    Its heartwood is impenetrable to liquids and is rot resistant, and it is lighter in color than its more popular cousin. It's really durable and creates great flooring. Architectural millwork, paneling, furniture, and boat construction are all examples of its uses.

  • Poplar

    Poplar paints well than virtually any other timber because of its open, transparent grain. It is frequently dyed to imitate the appearance of more costly hardwoods. It runs well and is quite stable. Cabinetry, millwork, furniture, and wood turning all use it.

  • Teak

    One of the most popular exotics, despite its high price. It is utilized in boat building because it is extremely thick and has a high rot resistance. It's a choice for furniture because of its rich color and interesting grain pattern.

  • Walnut

    It is a robust, sturdy wood with exceptional shock resistance, making it ideal for fine furniture and millwork. It has a nice grain and polishes and machines nicely. It's frequently used in gun stocks.

  • Willow

    It is mostly a southern hardwood with a light weight and consistent texture. It may be stained to seem like walnut and be dark in color. It is frequently used in woodworking projects in schools.

  • Sugar Pine

    It's also known as California pine because of its light weight, white hue, straight grain, and ease of workability. It is frequently used for architectural millwork, pattern work, trim, and home building because of its resilience.

  • Eastern Pine

    It's a white pine that's easy to use and has a consistent texture. Furniture, trim, and raised panels are all examples of its usage. It is the ideal pine for limited exterior usage in the Eastern United States.

  • Poonderosa Pine

    It belongs to the yellow pine group and is harder and stronger than sugar or eastern pine. However, in look and qualities, its wood is comparable to that of white pines. Millwork, molding, trim, and elegant staircases are all examples of applications.

  • Southern Yellow Pine

    This wood is extremely sturdy, with a high shock resistance, making it ideal for structural use. It's commonly found in stepping stones and industrial flooring.


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