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Cedar – Alaskan

Cupressus nootkatensis
Also known as |
Alaskan Cypress|Alaskan Yellow Cedar|Nootka|Nootka Cypress|Yellow Cedar|Yellow Cypress
Cedar - Alaskan Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Alaskan Cedar has been a wood historically embroiled in controversy with botanical and wood experts, as the wood has had its genus reclassified on six different occasions over the course of the last two centuries. Despite its relatively light weight and density, it is a very durable and rather versatile species — having seen duty in numerous indoor and outdoor applications. The wood has also become a popular choice with luthiers, for acoustic guitar soundboards.

Contrary to other published data, the typical growth range for these trees in the wild is only between 40 and 80 feet tall. Undisturbed specimens have reached heights of 100 feet and some have been reputed to be as old as 3500 years! Despite its modest weight and density figures, it is an extremely tough wood and these trees hold their own through some very challenging conditions. This makes Alaskan Cedar a very versatile wood, suitable for a wide variety of different applications.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (reported by the IUCN to be a “species of least concern”).

Why We Love This Wood

Have a look at the detail in Peter Follansbee's carvings. Alaskan Cedar is awesome!

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    Cedar - Alaskan Lumber @ Rare Woods USA
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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF2.6
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3495
    Janka Hardness - LBF580
    Janka Hardness - N2580
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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $29.70

    CEDARALAS1129
    0.94" x 5.75" x 39.63"

    Clear.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $30.02

    CEDARALAS1128
    0.94" x 5.75" x 40.06"

    Skip planed.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $28.20

    CEDARALAS1127
    0.94" x 5.94" x 40.06"

    Tearout. Skip planed.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $31.01

    CEDARALAS1126
    0.94" x 5.94" x 44.06"

    Tearout. Skip planed.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $31.02

    CEDARALAS1125
    0.94" x 5.94" x 40.06"

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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $31.23

    CEDARALAS1124
    0.94" x 5.88" x 40.75"

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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $30.70

    CEDARALAS1123
    0.94" x 5.88" x 40.06"

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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $29.70

    CEDARALAS1122
    0.94" x 5.75" x 39.63"

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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $27.12

    CEDARALAS1121
    0.94" x 5.75" x 39.81"

    Defect on knot.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $25.63

    CEDARALAS1120
    0.94" x 6" x 40.06"

    Crack. Bark inclusions. Skip planed.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $23.71

    CEDARALAS1119
    0.94" x 6" x 37.06"

    Checks. Cracks. Knot. Defect on edge. Skip planed.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $27.92

    CEDARALAS1118
    0.94" x 5.94" x 36.06"

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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $23.24

    CEDARALAS1117
    0.94" x 5.88" x 37.06"

    Checks. Cracks. Defects on surface. Skip planed.

    Cedar – Alaskan

    $27.92

    CEDARALAS1116
    0.94" x 5.94" x 36.06"

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    Cedar – Alaskan

    $28.40

    CEDARALAS1115
    0.94" x 5.88" x 37.06"

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