Species

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
 
THE TREE
Natural RangePacific Coastal region of the U.S., from far southwestern Oregon to central California.
StatureGrows to heights of 300 feet and diameters of 12 feet.
THE WOOD
AppearanceHeartwood's color ranges from a light cherry to a dark mahogany. Sapwood is white. Very straight-grained and coarsely textured.
Weight 28 lbs/ft3 @ 12% moisture content
Hardness450 lbf (kiln-dried)
WorkabilityMachines well, though splinters easily on the end grain. Holds nails well and takes paint and finishes reasonably well. Glues best with alkaline adhesives.
DurabilityDings and mars easily; resistant to very resistant to decay, with old growth material being the most resistant.
Data: Alden, Harry A., Softwoods of North America (Madison, WI: U.S.D.A. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory), 1997.

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