Cypress

cypressGeneral:  Also called Baldcypress.  Found throughout the Southeastern United States.  Frequently found in wetland areas.

Description:  Color tends to be a light, yellowish brown. Sapwood is nearly white. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress.   The grain straight and medium to coarse texture. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a greasy feel. The wood’s main claim to fame is its durability in terms of rot resistance.

Workability:  Sharp cutters and light passes are recommended when working with Cypress to avoid tearout. The wood can have a moderate dulling effect on cutting edges. Cypress has good gluing,  nailing, finishing, and paint-holding properties.

Common Uses:  Exterior construction, gardening applocations, docks, boatbuilding, interior trim, and veneer.

SRH Stock:

Thicknesses:  4/4″

Widths:  6″ to 15″

Lengths:  Mostly 8′ to 12′

Surfacing:  Skip planed

Cypress Links:

The American Hardwood Information Center

The Wood Database