May 2003

From the Editor
    The Issue at Hand

Filling In ...

Clay Franklin & Owen David CarpenterYou probably notice something a little different about SHELTER this month. It hopefully won’t be obvious from the layout or the editorial coverage, but there is something—or should I say somebody?—missing. You guessed it, our editor, Samantha Carpenter, is missing, but for good reason. Samantha and her husband Jeff welcomed their twin sons into the world nearly two weeks ago on April 2. Clay Franklin was born at 11:51 p.m., weighing in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and Owen David followed 6 minutes later, weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Samantha and Jeff are now keeping busy feeding their two adorable sons (see photo) and practicing diaper duty. (On a side note, Samantha definitely hasn’t forgotten her readers in these days of newborn bliss—three days after the boys’ births, she called me to let me know she’d received her own April issue of SHELTER.)

Samantha will be back in time for the July issue, but in the meantime, I’ll be filling in. If there’s anything I can do to help you in the coming couple of months as Samantha enjoys her maternity leave, please let me know. You can reach me by phone at 540/720-5584, ext. 114, or e-mail at

You will still find lots in this issue to help you in your business. On page 14, read about the latest in the Canadian lumber tariff saga. While nothing new has happened with the tariff itself, some in Canada are comparing the war in Iraq to the tariff the United States has placed on lumber imported from Canada. While you may or may not agree with this action, check out our news story for the latest on the issue.

In addition, on page 23 is our first-ever special Wood Moulding/Millwork Producers Association (WMMPA) pull-out section. The section includes a spotlight on products from several WMMPA members on page 26 and a note from WMMPA executive vice president Kellie Schroeder on page 24.

However, for those of you looking for mouldings in general—wood, composite, plastic, etc.—look no further than our annual guide to mouldings and millwork on page 44. This ultimate listing includes addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and web addresses for moulding and millwork suppliers throughout the world. Keep it on hand throughout the year to meet all of your moulding needs.

If you’re a moulding company and want to see how others are succeeding in the industry, check out our profile of Portland, Ore.-based Contact Lumber on page 40. The company has grown from a lumber trading company to a moulding manufacturer.

Also, on page 42, assistant editor Kristine Tunney steps inside two flooring companies in Virginia and offers a look at how their manufacturing processes differ.

Finally, on page 48, publisher Deb Levy offers a behind-the-scenes look at an experience she had with a staircase rehab experience here in Virginia.

I hope you’ll enjoy this issue, and I look forward to working with you.

P.S. If you’d like to congratulate Samantha on the birth of her 
twins, please e-mail her at I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. 

Penny Beverage is the managing editor of SHELTER magazine.


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