Western Red Cedar
From Northern British Columbia, Canada, to California, a rugged spine of
mountains stretches for almost 1,500 miles parallel to the Pacific coast
of North America. Along the slopes and in the valleys of these mountains,
the humus-rich soil nourishes mixed softwood forests in vast abundance.
The majority of Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) grows in coastal forests.
Western Red Cedars grow also in the drier interior forests of British Columbia,
Washington, Idaho and Montana where they are smaller in stature with a
tight knotted growth characteristic. Cedars rarely grow in pure stands
but are generally found in association with other species. Western Red
Cedar forests are predominantly managed forests, in which controlled harvests,
natural regeneration and reforestation programs ensure a perpetual harvest.
A Wood Of Warmth And Beauty
Western Red Cedar is, above all, a wood of exceptional beauty. In its natural,
unfinished state, it has a richly textured, tactile grain combined with
a palette of warm, mellow tones ranging from light amber to deep honey
brown. No man-made material can duplicate the depth of cedar's natural
luster. It also remains subtly aromatic, and the characteristic fragrance
of cedar adds another dimension to its universal appeal.
Whether used in furniture, wall paneling or ceilings, doors or windows,
mouldings, railings, or posts or beams, the presence and prestige of cedar
enhances structures of any type or design, contemporary or traditional,
homes, offices, stores or public buildings.
The Gift Of Durability
Western Red Cedar contains natural oils that act as preservatives to help
the wood resist insect attack and decay. Cedar is also a dimensionally
stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Properly finished and maintained,
Western Red Cedar ages gracefully and endures for many years.
Cedar is the preferred material for all outdoor applications that seek
visual harmony with the landscape combined with stability and durability:
from siding and patio decking to fences, planters, screens, shelters and
garden furniture. Indoors, cedar's dimensional stability makes it perfectly
suited to a variety of uses in high moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms
Western Red Cedar should be preservative treated if intended for use
in applications where it comes in contact with the ground.
Beauty aside, the purely practical, dollars-and-cents value of cedar offers
other benefits: the wood's cellular structure creates interior air spaces
that give it an insulation value higher than most woods and much higher
than brick or concrete. Buildings which feature cedar paneling, ceilings
or siding tend to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cedar
also has excellent sound suppression and absorption qualities.