Incense Cedar Log Homes
The extreme decay resistance of Incense Cedar, coupled with its fine dimensional stability and high insulation quality, has made it one of the country's better siding materials. Its light weight and easy workability lead to marked economies in handling on the job site, resulting in lower construction costs. Superior weathering characteristics make it especial
adaptable to log cabin siding.
The ready printability and the smooth, silken surfaces to which Incense Cedar is machined combine to form handsome exteriors. The wood may be painted or stained in any of the vast variety of finishes in the modern painter's color array.
Incense Cedar siding is produced in a wide range of patterns to fit any architectural need. Builders, carpenters, architects, dealers and homeowners hail it as a fine building material.
Decay - Disintegration of wood substance due to action of wood-destroying fungi. Also known as dote and rot.
Durability - A general term used to describe the resistance of a species to attack by decay when conditions for decay development are favorable. In this connection “resistance to decay” is a more specific term.
Grade - The designation of the quality of a manufactured piece of wood.
Incense-cedar forests are found primarily in southern Oregon and in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Incense-cedar has been the wood specie of choice for many pencil manufacturers since the early 1900s. The smooth, fine grain and soft wood of the Incense-cedar tree is ideal for pencil casings, enabling easy sharpening, and providing excellent protection for the pencil's fragile graphite and cosmetic cores. Incense cedar is also an ideal material for building sidings and decking.
Ranked as one of the most dimensionally stable wood
species, Incense-cedar stands up to wide fluctuations in
temperature and humidity without warping, checking or
shrinking away from fasteners. It can be hand-tooled or
machine-tooled to exact tolerances, and provides a smoother, more uniform surface than pine and other softwoods.
Incense-cedar is an abundant, renewable resource that is grown, managed, and harvested on a sustained-yield basis in accordance with the strictest forestry
regulations in the world.
Incense-cedar trees are not harvested solely for the production of pencils. Only a portion of the log is used for pencil casings. The remainder becomes siding, decking, molding, interior, paneling, and landscape material. Even the bark is used as fuel for electric cogeneration facilities.