Cedar is a lightweight and dimensionally stable
wood that lies flat and stays straight, which means it resists the natural
tendency to crack and check as you might find in many other wood species.
Western Red Cedar is incredibly thermal
coefficient, meaning even on hot days, it is cool to sit in.
Its bacterial and fungal resistance coupled
with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it the
most desirable wood to use for building outdoor furniture.
Western Red Cedar fibers contain oils
that act as natural preservatives to help the wood resist rot and
decay making it excellent furniture material for moist or humid climates.
These properties also make Cedar a very popular material for hot tub
and sauna areas.
Among other things these naturally occurring
organic compounds called (thujaplicins) give off that distinct cedar
aroma that is pleasant to humans but a deterrent to insects, moths
and other wood pests. This is why Cedar is the choice material for
closet liners and blanket storage chests.
CONSIDER THE ADVANTAGES OF USING
Unlike Plastic or Resin furniture,
Western Red Cedar will not bow or sag over time or blow across
your yard. Your Cedar furniture will hold its handsome appearance
year after year with very little maintenance. Cedar and our Southern
Cypress products are an all around safer, healthier, natural alternative
for patio furniture and outdoor dining sets than other wood materials
that have been treated with chemical preservatives.
OUR CEDAR PRODUCTS ARE A NATURAL
ALTERNATIVE TO CHEMICALLY TREATED WOOD
Much of today's outdoor furniture
consists of (chemically) pressure treated materials. These materials
hold up outdoors because they are soaked in a toxic stew of chemical
preservatives that are strong enough to require warning labels
for those who handle it. The three primary ingredients in pressure-treated
woods are: copper, chromium and arsenic (CCA).
A controversy exists on the extent
of arsenic exposure due to physical contact with CCA wood surfaces.
Such surfaces include playground equipment, decks and picnic tables
built using CCA treated wood. Studies have shown that virtually
no inorganic arsenic is absorbed through the skin, but is readily
taken up by ingestion. Thus, the potential exposure is hand to
mouth, and therefore, children are considered the most vulnerable
to this potential risk. (Contact your local Environmental Department
for more information.)
THE CEDAR TREE
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. Aromatic Red Cedar is a member
of the juniper family. 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.
An Aromatic Red Cedar log is composed
of white and red sections of wood. The white section nearest the
bark is referred to as "sap wood" and the red, inner
section is called "heart wood".
A Wood Of Warmth
Whether used in patio furniture,
panelings, ceilings, doors, windows, posts or beams, the presence
and prestige of cedar enhances the aesthetic structure of any
type or design.
The Gift Of
Western Red Cedar "heart wood"
contains natural oils that act as preservatives to help the wood
resist insect attack and decay. Properly finished and maintained,
Western Red Cedar ages gracefully and endures for many years.
Aside from being the choice material
for Outdoor Patio and Garden Furniture, Cedar is the preferred
material for all outdoor applications that seek visual harmony
with the landscape combined with stability and durability. Various
uses range from furniture products to siding and patio decking,
fences, planters, screens and shelters. Indoors, cedar's dimensional
stability makes it perfectly suited to a variety of uses in high
moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and saunas.
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
A Wood For Craftsmen
The same structure that gives cedar
its excellent insulating and sound suppressing qualities makes
it a lightweight wood, easy to handle and craft for both the professional
and do-it-yourselfer. Cedar is a pleasure to work with using either
hand or machine tools. The wood can be cut, shaped, planed, sanded,
nailed and glued easily. It is free of pitch and resin and it
finishes to a richly glowing surface that can be enhanced with
semi-transparent or full-bodied stains.