Cedar, by nature, is disease and rot resistant. Many claims have been made as to what Cedar can do such as keeping certain bugs away, etc. Some may be true, some may not. What we’ll tell you is this… Just about every fence post on this farm and in this county is made of either Cedar or metal. If it’s not made of either of those materials, it is not going last, period.
Cedar has 80% the strength of Oak and because of its cellular structure, it exhibits minimal shrinkage / expansion as compared to other native woods such as Pine or even Oak. Cedar also contains natural oils creating difficulties with the adherence of paint, lacquers, varnishes and urethane products. We don’t use those products in our finishes.
Cedar, as with any tree, consists of heartwood and sapwood. There are several varieties of cedar identified by different names. Our cedar is not Chinese Juniper nor is it Mongolian Cedar which looks similar to what is called Northern White Cedar in the US.
What we use is known as Eastern Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar or Tennessee Red Cedar (we prefer the latter term). It contains more heartwood than the others which means it’s rich in character with purple, reddish, yellow and white colors.
Old growth Cedar forests have all but disappeared except in this region of the country. Young Cedar trees (even Tennessee Red Cedar) have more sapwood than heartwood percentage wise.
We would like to make it clear that we do not cut old growth Cedar to use in our products. Rather, we purchase our Cedar from local saw mills who received it by way of developers clearing land, etc.
The heartwood of the Tennessee Red Cedar is becoming harder and harder to find (and more expensive). Sadly, once the old growth Cedar is gone – it’s gone. However, our furniture will be around as heirloom pieces to showcase the beauty of the wood.