Japanese Cedar

Scientific name:  Cryptomeria japonica

Description:  Heartwood is typically reddish brown. Sapwood is straw colored and clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Knots are common. Sometimes the wood is traditionally charred black (increasing its fire and rot resistance) using a Japanese technique known as shou sugi ban; such flame-treated planks are commonly used as siding.  Grain is straight; medium, even texture. Moderate natural lustre.

Properties:  Generally easy to work with hand or machine tools, though knotty areas can be troublesome. Responds poorly to steam bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.