Western Red Cedar - From Tree to Finished Product

Western Red Cedar Forest

From Forest

The western red cedar tree is very large, around 65 yards tall when mature, with dropping branches, trunk often spreading out widely at the base. Western red cedar grows at low to mid elevations along the coast and in the wet belt of the Interior, where the climate is cool, mild and moist. It is tolerant of shade and can live up to 1,000 years. Western red cedar frequently grows with western hemlock and Douglas fir. On the north coast it usually grows with amabilis fir and spruces. These forests usually have a lush layer of ferns, huckleberries, and Devil's club, with a thick carpet of mosses on the forest floor. Western red cedar is British Columbia's official tree. Because of the arrangement of leaves, it is often called arbor-vitae, Latin for "Tree of Life."

Lumber Yard

To Lumber Yard

A western red cedar lumber yard usually offers a full selection of rough and surfaced western red cedar lumber. Western red cedar is considered one the the world's most beautiful woods. It is naturally decay and bug resistant and doesn't bleed like other woods which makes it perfect for stains, sealers and paints. The wood is light, durable and easy to work with. Western red cedar is the preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.

Western Red Cedar Planks

To Wood Planks

The western red cedar has been called "the cornerstone of Northwest Coast aboriginal culture," and has great spiritual significance. Coastal people used all parts of the tree. They used the wood for dugout canoes, house planks, bentwood boxes, clothing, and many tools such as arrow shafts, masks, and paddles. The inner bark made rope, clothing, and baskets. The long arching branches were twisted into rope and baskets. It was also used for many medicines.

Tea Light Holder, Western Red Cedar, for 4 tea lights

To Tea Light Holder

Made of premium solid Western Red Cedar. 

Dimensions: L 11-1/4" x W 3-1/2" x H 1-5/8"