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Redwood Sequoia sempervirens
STRAIGHT-GRAINED SOFTWOOD FOR EXTERIOR USE
Redwood is distinguished by its deep color and by a very straight grain, with close-spaced growth rings that give it a fibrous look and feel. It is not strong and has a tendency to split, but that makes it ideal for splitting into shingles. Redwood is also durable, as long as it is not in contact with the ground, and is used extensively for exterior joinery, roofing, decking and cladding. Watch out for splintering when working the lumber by hand or machine, and check that adhesives will not stain the wood.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate softwood
Other names Californian redwood, sequoia, coast redwood, Humboldt redwood
Related species Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), giant redwood (S. gigantea)
Sources Pacific coast of the United States
Color Dark reddish brown, with close growth rings but low luster
Texture Generally uniform and fine, but can be coarse
Grain Straight
Hardness Soft
Weight Light (26 Ib./cu. ft.) (420 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
The supply of redwood is now restricted and prices have risen to make it expensive for a softwood. Certified supplies are available.




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