Raymond Bell started in the lumber business in 1955 cutting logs on his own woodlots. He progressed over the years to sawing and originally had a yard in Eganville, but 30 years ago Raymond started the mill yard in Renfrew that now employs three generations of the Bell family.
They “cut with conservation in mind”, says Raymond, and have seen the improvement of forest health and quality over time through sustainable forest management.
Raymond and his sons Allan, Scott and Robert are all certified hardwood lumber graders and can be found working on-site. Even Robert’s son Mark works at the lumber yard when he’s home from university, and other grandchildren have been gaining experience working summers with the family business. The mill has diversified through the years and Bell’s ability and willingness to work at any scale has served them well – they carry all species and sizes and cater to customers looking for any quantity.
Bell has two sawmills on site, a dry-kiln and an impressive yard for air-drying and storage. They also heat their buildings and kiln with a wood-fired furnace. All the wood Bell processes comes from within a 40 mile radius of the mill – that’s local forest products at its best.
You can buy products from Raymond Bell & Sons in any quantity by dropping in Monday to Friday 8-5, or Saturday 8:30-12. If you’re looking for something unique, it’s best to call ahead to check availability.
- Cedar, white pine, spruce, hemlock and all local hardwood species, of various grades and dimensions
- White pine and cedar for: Tongue and groove panelling, Board and baton siding, Flooring
- Planed cedar decking, fencing and squares
Check out a video produced by TVCogeco featuring the Bell Family HERE.