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Preparing the Lumber..........

Lumber slow-drying

Our Western Red Cedar lumber comes from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. For every tree cut four are planted. It comes to our workshop via railcar.

The first thing that we do is space out the lumber to let it dry slowly. Our lumber sits for six months with fans blowing dry air between the boards. This is a very important step because wet lumber will not take sealer as well as dry lumber. If wet lumber is exposed to the sun the surface of the board will dry much faster than the interior causing "checking" or hair line cracking of the lumber.

Slow drying is very important to the stability of all lumber.

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