The thrill is in the hunt!
We source the highest quality Western Red Cedar available anywhere by visiting smaller sawmills personally and sorting through the lifts. Fortunately for us being here in the heart of cedar country we still have ample access to this elusive old growth dark wood which very few other Canadians east of the western slopes of the Rockies do.
The end result is always a trailer full of the nicest cedar available anywhere. This wet cedar in the photo below gives an accurate indication of what it will look like after it is air- dried, milled into strips and wetted out with epoxy.
high quality trailer load of Cedar
Hand selected Red /Yellow cedar.
Rather than ordering a lift of lumber sight unseen and making strips from it, we inspect the wood at the mill for grain tightness, colour and run-out, thus insuring the best strips from the very start.
This also gives us the benefit of sourcing some spectacular pieces of cedar in unheard of sizes as can be seen with this slab in the photo below. We have earmarked it to become a tall carved entrance door or awesome dining room table. We were thrilled to find it! There is no illusion here as this slab measures 3″ Thick by 4′-0″ Wide by 16′-0″ long being 3′-6″ wide at the top! weighing approx. 360 lbs. dry!
This prospective reclaimed fifty foot “float home” log will yield many high quality Red Cedar bead & cove strips. Every reclaimed log leaves one more of it’s standing live cousins in the forests absorbing CO2. Don’t let this old totem sized log fool you. Cut away the sapwood only one inch thick and you will find the most beautiful, supple cedar underneath waiting to be reborn in some fantastic project!
Occasionally on our forays we stumble across prime downfall logs when visiting tucked away shorelines or by hearing of them from locals. You never know what you might find.
We also obtain high grade Yellow Cedar cedar logs not meeting export requirements. This gives us a consistent supply of high quality Yellow Cedar strips and gunwales available at very favourable prices. Sometimes we come across a rare Yellow Cedar log as shown below. Milling it into strips for boats which will last for many years seems far better than seeing it milled into shingles for roofing or decking material.