Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
Family - Taxodiaceae
Distribution - China, India, Japan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.
Other Names: Cryptomeria, Sugi, Suji
Characteristics: Japan’s 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.