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Wood exteriors and interiors call upon all the qualities that make Spanish Cedar one of the world's most valued woods; exceptional beauty, uncommon stability, sound suppression, insulation, and ease of handling and care.

Spanish Cedar can complement any ambiance or style, from polished elegance to casual rustic informality. Cedar can dignify an entrance, bring warmth to a den, add tranquility to a bedroom, or lend its classic good looks to a formal living or dining room.

Spanish Cedar paneling pattern will depend on the aesthetic and purpose of the rooms or area being paneled, its size, and the color, texture, and style of the furnishing.

The natural oils and tannins of Spanish Cedar makes it naturally resistant to pests and rot. Spanish Cedar is more dent resistant and easier to work with, as well it has a beautiful dense grain pattern from being grown naturally outdoors rather than farmed wood.

Western red cedar

This member of the cypress family grows from southern Alaska through northern California and in the Rocky Mountains. Western in N. American. red cedar (Thuja plicata) reigns supreme for the production of decking, siding, shingles, and outdoor structures because of its natural decay resistance, ability to repel water, and abundance. Low density and lightweight make it easy to cut and shape using hand or power tools. But contact with the sawdust can cause rashes and respiratory problems. The heartwood of this species bears a consistent reddish-brown tone, sometimes tinged with pink. Knots prove prevalent in lower grades, though "clear" grades are available. Most of its thin white sapwood (which has little decay resistance) gets milled away during lumber processing.


The Alaskan yellow cedar grows on the Pacific coast of North America, usually in humid climates, so it is only found in coastal areas. It grows very slowly with compact growth rings and very little distinction between early and latewood rings. This creates a dense, uniform color and a high degree of stability throughout the tree. Also, Alaskan yellow cedar is resistant to insects and is very hard.

The consistent grain structure means that yellow cedar works very well by hand or with the machine. The tree is slow and very large growth so it is common to find heavy woods and long and wide boards.