Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is straight grained, rather coarse textured, with a prominent growth ring figure and non-resinous.

The timber’s heartwood shows considerable colour variation when fresh, from a dark chocolate-brown to a salmon pink colour, perhaps variegated, maturing down to a reddish-brown and, in time, to silver-grey when unfinished and not maintained.

Thin stock dries readily with little degrade, but thicker sizes tend to hold moisture at the centre and care is needed to avoid internal honeycombing and collapse. This is especially true of UK timber. There is small movement in service.