ALL THINGS CEDAR...Bringing you Quality in Patio and Garden Furniture
Cedar The 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. 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
Whether used in patio furniture, panelings, ceilings, doors, windows,
posts or beams, the presence and prestige of cedar enhances the estethic structure of any type or design.
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
which means that it lies flat and stays straight. 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 to 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 qualities.
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 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 or with paints.
TIPS... on finishing your cedar furniture.