Issue # 2-9 May 4th 2000


Once again the OpenMinder found another local Boundary business or person who is gaining international recognition to our area. Ed Carson, owner of and designer for Granby Post & Beam Homes, was happy to give the OpenMinder an interview so we all could find out some more details on their wonderful opportunity for their growth.
OM Rumour has it that your company will be on national TV.
Ed: That’s right. We will be the feature builder on an HGTV show on post and beam construction.
The interesting thing is in how they actually found us and how they narrowed it down to how we were invited on the show.
OM How did they find you?
Ed: They found us on our web site at Because we have such good exposure, if you go into your search engine for post and beam homes, or log homes, or custom building, you will see Granby Post and Beam come up in about any search engine on the first page. So that is how the research people, (Platinum TV, who handles it for HGTV), originally found out about us.
OM Did they just contact you from there?
Ed: No. Some thing that they were doing, that we had no knowledge of was that they were phoning our office and asking questions, and checking us out on our service level, our turn around time, how long to get the brochures out, etc. They were doing this for about 3 months before they decided who was to be on the short list to be invited on the show.
OM Sounds like the “Secret Shoppers 3rd Degree”.
Ed: That’s right We try to support our customers through good service. It’s not a “buy off the lot and you drive away”. It is a process that we offer to our clients. We go step by step right through everything. It’s that process that attracted them to Granby Post and Beam. Especially how that web site was set up by our web master. It’s a really good compliment to him as well.
OM What was next?
Ed: After they got ahold of us, we went through meeting with about 3 different producers. Again lots of questions, many about environmental issues, like how does Granby Post and Beam build large timber homes and still support the environment? After going through all the questions, we finally got to the top guy, and he did the final interview there, and said congratulations, you guys are the ones.
OM How long did this second part of the process take?
Ed: After they let us know that we were on that short list, and we went through the interview process, it took another month to narrow it down. We had the right responses to the questions we were being asked and how we were getting our wood, what our service level was, about our warranty. Even though we are a small company, everything is in place, from web site to brochures, everything looks professional. We look like a massive company. We are a local builder, and we do sell our home in the States. And now with this show we hope to be getting some homes on the east coast, which has been our biggest area of response on the web site.
OM When will the show be aired on TV?
Ed: We haven’t got the exact date when it will be airing, but it will be in the summer, possibly late.
OM Have they filmed it yet.?
Ed: No, but they will be filming on May 25th up here, and at our show home in Ione Washington, which is about a half hour east out of Coleville.
OM Will they come up to Greenwood first to see your operation up here, and then go down to the show home?
Ed: We have yet to set up the actual details, that is something we will see when they get here. They are certainly welcome to come up here and see what we are doing. The main focus of the show, will be on the home itself, and discussing everything there. They might be interested in the helicopter logging that we are doing, and how we find the wood, seeing the process etc. We do have a couple of homes under construction as well.
OM You had mentioned earlier about their environmental concerns, and your heli-logging. Is that the way you get your wood?
Ed: It’s an avenue, but not something we have done a lot of. Just by chance we are getting is some heli-wood as we speak. It is a way we can go out and select some of the dead standing wood we like to use, this pre-seasoned wood, and get it off the mountain without disturbing anything.
OM So rather than going to some place and buying the logs off some lot, you actually have a hand in where these timbers are being cut?
Ed: Definitely. Our biggest thing, is that “dead standing wood”. Either dead fur or the western larch, it is pre-seasoned. When we bring that in and we cut it, and get our timbers out of it, we can put it into production right away. Where as with the green wood, if we buy it that way, we have to let it air dry for six to eight months before we can see where the excessive checking and twisting will be before we can put it into production. We don’t have that issue with dead standing wood.
OM That sounds like something that sets your company apart from the rest, is there anything else that you feel that Granby Post and Beam does to stand out from the other builders?
Ed: Yes, our buildings are unique. They are a combination of techniques you will find in conventional construction, you’ll find them in timber frame construction, and even some log home construction techniques. But it’s a matter of putting all those things together, and finding a reasonable cost, into a package so that someone who is not trained, can put it together. It’s a simple system.
OM Just send the instructions along and they are on their way?
Ed: That’s right, you can do that. As a minimum with our packages, we do provide a supervisor to reassemble the post and beam frame that we’ve pre-built here. I’ve had a lot of contractors compliment us at the end of it all. At first they were a little intimidated by it, but once the frame is up they say “Hey this is great, give me some business cards”.
OM Sounds like you make their job easier.
Ed: It does. They are a home that can be built in a reasonable budget, they have a good appraisal value, and you can create equity in the home.
The post and beam style of construction fits well with the newer technologies, like radiant floor heating and computerized accessories that are all part of it now, and this post and beam being the most adaptable home there is. This old post and beam technology just fits with new, perfectly.
OM Speaking about new technologies, are you finding that there is a lot you have to keep up with.
Ed: That’s right. With new panel systems that are out now, the acrylic finishes, and these new standing seam metal roofings that don’t show any fasteners. There is just an endless list of things that people want, but they aren’t sure how they are going to apply them to a home. We have to keep up on that to let our customers know what can be done. The post and beam home, like I’ve said is the most adaptable plan there is, that is why it is the oldest method of construction.
OM Thank you Ed, for the informative interview, I hope you will let us know when your TV debut will be airing so we will all be able to watch.
Ed: Certainly, we’ll “Keep you Posted”.

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Fundraising and
Community Yard Sale
submitted by Broadacres Association for Community Living
While the non-profit Broadacres Association for Community Living may be an unknown entity to newcomers, it had its beginnings in 1965 as The Grand Forks Society for the Handicapped (people). In the early ’70’s, the Carson Rd. property was purchased and the Residence built. It became home to 12 residents.
In July 1997, the care for these people with handicaps was privatized. Since then the BACL Board has managed three group homes and the Carson Rd. property.
Thanks to volunteers and to Board members, the Carson Rd. property has been kept viable for the use by a variety of community organization, businesses and individuals.
The Association is always in NEED OF VOLUNTEERS who can help to maintain and improve the appearance of the property.
To raise funds
we are holding a 2 day yard sale
on May 13th and 14th
from 9:00am to 2:00pm and 860 Carson Rd.
On Sale are 100’s of items including
furniture, tools, collectibles, and books.
We are renting tables for $5.00 to anyone
wishing to sell plants, crafts and other items.
The BACL Board thanks everyone who has supported us in the past and invites you continued support.
If you have any goods to contribute or to rent a table, please call Jean at 442-5630 or Harold at 442-2838

A Laugh!
Song lyrics by Bruce Cockburn
A laugh for the way my life has gone, a laugh for the love of a friend. A laugh for the fools in the eyes of the world, a love that will never end.
Let’s hear a laugh for the man of the world, who thinks he can make things work. Tried to build a new Jerusalem and ended up with New York.
A laugh for the sun, red, falling, through the purple inversion haze. A laugh for the nuclear good time boys, numbering all our days.
A laugh for the newsprint nightmare, a world that never was, where the questions are all why, and their answers are all because.
Tapping our feet to an ancient tune, a laugh for the time gone by. A laugh for me and Gideon in the delivery room, waiting for the child’s first cry.

Styrofoam Packaging Peanuts:
·Reuse when packaging up parcels for mailing.
·Reuse to fill the unused space at the bottom of plant pots
·To prevent them from sticking to you when working with them. Just before touching the foam, thoroughly wipe a new dryer sheet all over your hands and forearms. Reuse sheet in dryer.
Reuse video and tape labels:
· Save the unused peel and stick labels that come with the video tapes. Use them as address labels for packages and old envelopes. For envelopes just stick these labels right over the original address. It is best to trim off any confusing logo, etc. on the labels. Works equally well to reuse those unsolicited, self-addressed envelopes which often come in with junk-mail.
· Use to label jars and other containers of home made jams, pickles, etc
· Label containers of craft supplies, bulk foods, and children’s toy boxes & drawers.
· Label packages in your freezer, particularly if you are reusing plastic milk product containers.
Milk cartons:
· Cut up into 2 inch wide strips that are about 6 inches long. Taper one end. Write the name of your plant or crop on the blank side with a permanent marker.
· Use as a transplant pot. Cut the top off the carton and enough of the sides to reach the desired depth. Cut a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill the first inch with recycled styrofoam chips, or gravel, and then pot up your seedling.
Ideas & comments can be sent to e-mail:

A wide range of talents graced the stage for the Granby Wilderness Society’s Coffeehouse on Saturday 22nd, Earth Day. Throughout the evening there was a variety of poetry readings, story telling, and a theatrical performance based on the plight of our forests and wildlife. As usual, there was a great turn out of local musicians donating their talents and time to entertain. There was also a delicious selection of baked goods, organic coffee, tea and juice available for refreshments. The next Coffeehouse, in two months, will possibly be an outdoor event but the details and the exact date are not known at this time.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this event a success!

Airport fly in
Don’t forget the Airport Fly in this May long weekend with fun for everyone at the Grand Forks Airport. Pig roast, dance lots of airplanes, and much more! See you there.

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