Cypress Shakes, the site, was born
2/03/03. Under less than auspicious beginnings We have enjoyed a steady growth
in these short years. We are now the number one positioned site of it's kind in
My name is Dennis Proffer and I will take very little credit for the site. My father became a web master at the age of 75 and he built this site. My job is getting the material that we have out to you. So I spend a lot of my time on this machine and the phone.
My first experience in this industry (at the age of 15) was working for my uncle (Chester Davis) as a swamper, cutting cypress, sweet gum and willow on the Mississippi, where the Tunica casinos are now. It still amazes me to go there and see those places and remember how it was fifty years ago. It also saddens me to see how little is left of the once magnificent forests that once lined the great river. In any case, things change. Case in point. Both of my grandfathers were sharecroppers. One from Mississippi, the other from Oklahoma. I have a true insight into Steinbeck.
We are located in Grenada, Mississippi. in the north central part of the state. Demographically within 900 miles of seventy five percent of this country's population. Based on this shipping is not a problem. We work extremely hard to maintain a solid material base for our customers and have seldom failed to deliver. I would bore you with the details of my numerous daughters and sons, but we will save that for when you call. Call me personally.
I am probably the most experienced and knowledgeable living person in the free world when it comes to Cypress. I can qualify that simply with a couple of facts. First I have been in this industry since oxen were used to retrieve logs. Second, there was no outside communication with the world for purposes of medical assistance. Should you be seriously injured , you were probably going to die. Which was a major factor in making me the most qualified.
I have seen forests of cypress the likes of which will not be seen again except in some rare or isolated situation. I have been in this industry long enough to find immense humor in the term old growth cypress. There is nothing else, but old growth. Anything else is premature growth cypress and has no value except for pulp or perhaps fence post. I suppose at this time I might feel saddened by the loss of one of our great resources except that it like hundreds of other things I have seen disappear. It just seems to be the way things go. I remember the first time I read of the mass slaughter of the buffalo. It seemed real bad, but then as I grew older I realized we would be in a world of scatology had they not been trimmed down. In closing should you need information about cypress feel free to contact me.