Century Mill Lumber began over 160 years ago in 1851 when William and Sarah Ratcliff, recent immigrants from Essex, England, purchased 140 acres of prime woodlands in what is now known as Stouffville, Ontario. Ideally situated by the Rouge River, a water mill wheel was built to harness the power to run the sawmill to produce sufficient lumber for the surrounding communities. In the early 1900s, a single-cylinder diesel engine was purchased to further boost production capacity. The diesel engine was central to the operations until 1981, when it decommissioned and donated to the Markham museum, where it can still be seen today.
Over the ensuing 100 years, the business has been a stalwart pillar of the community, employing numerous local labourers and delivering materials to the building trade. The business has evolved and to this day continues to operate on the same site, while one thing remains constant – ‘a passionate commitment to high quality, sustainably-sourced hard and soft wood lumber, service excellence and fair prices’.
Fast-forward to 2020; the Mill renovated an existing building on their property to behold a gorgeous 1200 sq. ft. showroom. And what did we do with it next? We filled it with as many woodworking creations we could find. Local folks coming to the mill in need of wood supplies heard of the up-and-coming sister store, and came back shortly after with an abundance of stellar, handcrafted, slow-made items.
Looking to add another layer of texture to the showroom, we then looked far and wide across the country and found the Canadian creations which you see in our stock today. All of the CML Trading Post vendors are hand-picked to represent some of Canada's best small batch, finest-quality products, for you to enjoy and share with your own local community.
We love local, and we know you love it too.