Northern White Cedar grows in Eastern part of the United States,Northern New York and Canada. The hartwood of white cedar is light brown, and the sapwood is white or nearly so. The sapwood is usually thin. The wood is light in weight, rather soft and low in strength, and low in shock resistance. It shrinks little in drying It is easily worked, holds paint well, and the hartwood is resistant to decay, white cedar turns silver-gray as it ages; it can be treated with a good quality clear finish to help retain its color. All Log Rail systems and Log Furniture are subject to the natural process of checking. This occurs naturally as wood dries, and normally occurs across or through the annual growth rings. Checking does not affect the structural performance or integrity of the wood and is not grounds for a return. Checking is not a manufacturing defect. All Rustic style rails and furniture are subject to imperfections in the wood, checking and knots are to be expected. We believe these characteristics add to the individuality and uniqueness of our rustic style products.
3/18/2003 wood hand book, US Dept of agriculture