Post by vilanobeachsurf on Jun 26, 2013 6:51:48 GMT -5
Bald Cypress...hadn't considered that wood over cedar, but a little googling got me to someone who likes/sells it...
Baldcypress or cypress (Taxodium distichum) is also known as southern-cypress, red-cypress, yellow-cypress, and white-cypress. Commercially, the terms tidewater red-cypress, gulf-cypress, red-cypress (coast type), and yellow-cypress (inland type) are frequently used. About half of the cypress lumber comes from the Southern States and about a fourth from the South Atlantic States. Cypress found throughout Florida is known for its relative lack of knots compared to other regions in the south. Old-growth baldcypress is no longer readily available, but second growth wood is.
Resists Insects & Decay Cypress has natural preservative oil known as “cypressene”, which gives second growth cypress a moderate resistance to insects and decay.
Beautiful & Versatile Cypress is a beautiful and versatile wood. Woodworkers find it easy to work with. Cypress can be used as interior trim, cabinets, counter tops, flooring and paneling. Because of the hardiness and durability of cypress it can be used in many applications outside the home, such as exterior siding, shingles, and landscape design elements. Cypress 5/4 square edge boards (a true 1” thick) work well with today’s man-made sidings.Sapwood of baldcypress is narrow and nearly white. The color of heartwood varies widely, ranging from light yellowish brown to dark brownish red, brown, or chocolate.
Excellent Durability Given a suitable surface treatment, which provides UV and moisture protection, today’s cypress has excellent durability when compared to other species of wood siding.The wood is moderately heavy, moderately strong and moderately hard. Shrinkage is moderately low but somewhat higher than that of the cedars and lower than that of Southern Pine.
One thing I liked in this description was the item about lack of knots!!!! The only thing that didn't get me going was "moderately heavy". I've heard others mention that it was just heavy.
But overall it sounds good! My biggest problem has been finding a good straight, clear piece of wood! Would like to hear how it goes for you...maybe even give it a try on this fish that is next project board. Photo's are great too!
Thank you for the reply. That is some great information about cypress,however, I was hoping that cypress was considered a lighter wood as far as weight but I will give it a try none the less. The only reason I considered using cypress is the fact my family got some cut down and made into lumber 15-20yrs ago and it has been sitting in an old corn crib. I believe that was one of the types of wood that Native Americans used for making those dug out type canoes and that, along with the supply is why this question has arose. Thanks for the reply and the info, I will keep you posted on how the build goes. I'm going to try and start some time next week.