Want a wood that is highly resistant to weathering, and will last numerous decades outdoors without rotting or decay? Well your selection just may have to be cedar.
If left unfinished and untreated, the natural weathering process will turn this gorgeous wood into a pleasing gray color. But if you want to maintain the original, rich color of the wood, a protective coating will be necessary.
Cedar has the look and feel of authentic wood, while maintaining a certain elegance that’s been a stable for the outdoor look for many, many years.
Some facts about Cedar:
Cedar, which is a member of the pine family, is indigenous to North America, and can also be found in the mountainous regions of Asia and North Africa . In some regions, this tree can reach a height of 100 feet. This tree produces an aromatic red colored wood that is used in construction, and furniture industries.
Monumental to their history, the Aborigines referred to these trees as "trees of life."
The Aboriginal people used these gigantic trees in many aspects of their culture. The trees were felled and used as wood for their homes, and their coffins. Canoes were constructed by digging out the trunk. The most sacred function of the cedars was when it was carved into a totem pole, and held a magical place in their tribal ceremonies. It is no wonder that the cedar tree became known as the tree of life, for they used it in every aspect of their lives.
They are also grown for their durable (decay-resistant) scented wood, most famously used in the construction of King Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem provided by King Hiram, or Ahiram, of Tyre , Lebanon , circa 1,000 BC.