Shopping Cart

Call us: +1 (207) 364 1520

Free shipping to the lower 48 states on orders > $100  *T&Cs apply

Cedar – Japanese

Cryptomeria japonica
Also known as |
Cryptomeria|Japanese Cedar|Japanese Red-Cedar|Japanese Redwood|Japanese Sugi Pine|Peacock Pine
Cedar - Japanese Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Japanese Cedar is the national tree of Japan, where it is highly-prized for the scented, strong, but lightweight timber it produces. It’s significance extends beyond that, as its impact on Japanese culture is reflected by the fact that it is found planted at numerous sacred sites throughout the country. The wood is reddish-pink in color, straight-grained and medium textured; it glues, stains and finishes well. Its impressive strength-to-weight ratio and excellent working properties makes it ideal for all varieties of construction applications.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is categorized as “Near Threatened” by the IUCN.

Why We Love This Wood

It is also important to note that this lumber is waterproof, which is why, historically, it has been utilized in Japanese boat and shipbuilding and has been prized for centuries across its indigenous regions. Natural forests in Japan that include this species are now very rare, with the bulk of Cryptomeria timber coming from commerical tree plantations. As you would expect from any wood bearing the word "Cedar" in its name, knots are not uncommon with this wood; otherwise, it has very cooperative working traits.

Client Creations
    Quick Look
    Cedar - Japanese Lumber @ Rare Woods USA
    No items found
    A Popular Choice in
    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / Pink
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF1.9
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3360
    Janka Hardness - LBF320
    Janka Hardness - N1420
    Pricing

    Description

    Grade

    UOM

    Price

    Cedar-Japanese-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Standard
    bf
    6
    bf
    no

    Pre-cut Sizes
    0 results

    Type

    Dimensions

    Grade

    Price

    No items found

    Lumber Packs
    0 results

    Title

    Qty

    Grade

    Price

    No items found
    Cedar – Japanese
    Search With Filters
    Price
    Length
    Width
    Thickness
    Search
    Spoil your favorite “Wood Nutter” with a gift card from Rare Woods USA

    No listed pieces of Cedar – Japanese are currently available

    cedar-japanese

    Other Species

    Kosso
    toolsetCommonEs.styleToHead()

    Gorgeous colors and grain patterns have resulted in the exploitation of this beautiful species for use in production of “Hongmu” furniture.  It looks similar in appearance to Kiaat/Muninga, another member of the Pterocarpus genus.  We only have a few hundred BF of this endangered species left and don’t expect to get any more when it runs out.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, inlay, knife handles, specialty items
    Detail
    Common Uses
    kosso
    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange. 

    The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects. 

    It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
    Detail
    Common Uses
    osage-orange-argentine
    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
    Detail
    Common Uses
    tamarind-spalted
    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central American wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
    Detail
    Common Uses
    chakte-viga
    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    birch-yellow
    cedar-japanese
    0
      0
      Your Cart
      Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop

      Species Pricing Enquiry

      Species Pricing Enquiry