The widely distributed species varies according to its origin. Typically, the heartwood of this redwood is pale reddish-brown and clearly distinct from the paler, creamy-white to yellow sapwood. The clear contrast between the light early wood and the darker latewood results in well-defined annual rings. The wood is resinous and knotty, and its texture may be fine or coarse, depending on origin. This wood is often used for windows, doors and external joinery but the timber is not, naturally, durable so must be treated if being used for exterior work. The wood accepts treatment well due to its low density and open grain. Double vacuum pressure treatment is the most effective method. This wood is referred to as joinery grade softwood or unsorted redwood. There are other softwood and grades of this species used for joinery. Vths (fifths grade) is used for skirtings, cladding, panelling and more and this grade is often more knotty than the joinery grade described here. Whitewood (softer, lighter weight cousin) is often used for stairs and other internal joinery (where covered or painted).
Redwood, Red Pine, Red Deal, Baltic Redwood, Scots Fir, Norway Fir, Yellow Deal,
Scandinavian redwood is not a durable wood, and is vulnerable to insect attack. The sapwood is permeable for preservative treatment, but the heartwood is moderately resistant. Can be successfully treated by a few methods to make durable - please contact us for more info
The drying and seasoning of Scandinavian Redwood is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Scandinavian Redwood - The wood dries quickly and well, but is prone to blue sap stain if precautions are not taken. It exhibits medium movement in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.
Redwood has low resistance to shock loads, low stiffness, low to medium bending and crushing strength. Very poor steam-bending rating. It works well with both hand and machine tools. It saws, planes, moulds, drills, carves, sands and turns well. Gluing effectiveness can vary according to the resin content. Painting, varnishing, staining and polishing are satisfactory. Accepts treatment well.
Quality grades are used for furniture, joinery, turnery and vehicle bodies. Other grades are used for building, railway sleepers (railroad ties), telephone poles and piles. It is also rotary-cut for plywood and sliced for decorative veneers.
Pine is a tree of peace. As an evergreen it reminds us that peace can be everlasting in our hearts. The pine cones and their magical seeds also suggest renewal. This wood is great for meditation and as sense of harmony.
Fast growing and farmed specifically for our use. Scandinavian Redwood is extremely sustainable.
Wood Worker's Thoughts:
Good all-rounder, finishes well, multiple uses. Can be knotty. We use 1st quality joinery grade.