Northern white cedar is ideal for both interior and exterior construction because it is naturally durable and resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage. Northern white cedar accepts stain and paint uniformly but requires no finish, as it resists mold and rot naturally.
The wood's native protections mean that our lumber, shingles and decking provide the simple, non-toxic option for outdoor building materials.
Northern white cedar is virtually all heartwood, that inner core of each tree where the wood is strongest. Only a small percentage of each tree is the white-colored sapwood (approx. 1" of a 12" diameter tree). Once peeled, northern white cedar offers virtually all golden heartwood.
When we harvest our all-heart house logs, the large size and six-month air curing time means building materials will be dimensionally stable. Any checking will not penetrate into the heartwood. White cedar's unique, closed-cell structure also traps air to boost the wood’s insulation values.
Properly pre-finished and installed, white cedar should be the last siding any home will ever need. There are examples all over the world of white cedar shingles lasting well over 100 years. With its richness of grain, texture and color, white cedar offers a timeless complement to any architectural style, from traditional to contemporary.
Northern white cedar is very popular with craftsmen because it can be easily worked by hand or with power tools. Even for garden structures and fences weathering decades, it shows exceptional dimensional stability. It lays flat, stays straight and retains fasteners. Northern white cedar has an even grain, fine texture and the lowest density of any commercial domestic wood. While True North Cedar uses white cedar primarily for shingles, lumber, house logs, and decking, white cedar is also commonly used for boats, ships, canoe ribs, fishnet floats, rustic furniture, saunas and novelties.