Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

 
 
 
 

Family - Taxodiaceae

Distribution - China, India, Japan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

Other Names: Cryptomeria, Sugi, Suji

Characteristics: Japanís most important commercial softwood, the wood is pale yellow-brown to pinkish-brown forming a somewhat wavy pattern. It has a fine, even texture and is faintly scented. The Wood weighs about 400 kg/m3 when dry.

Working Qualities: Saws and machines well, but knots can be troublesome in planning. The wood can be finished smoothly. It tends to split when nailing, but holds screws well.

Uses: Used for house framing, gate-ways to temples, and for joinery and furniture frames and panelling.

 
 
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