Alaskan Yellow Cedar

Scientific name:  Cupressus nootkatensis

Description:  Heartwood is a light yellow. Sapwood is a similar whitish/pale yellow and indistinct from the heartwood. Colour tends to darken with age upon exposure to light, (though when left exposed outdoors it weathers to a uniform grey).

Grain is usually straight, though sometimes wavy, with a uniform medium to fine texture.

Properties:  Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though pieces with wavy grain may produce tearout during planing. Holds paint well. Stains, glues, and finishes well.