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The History of Using Cedar in Design and Building

For centuries, red cedar has been a preferred building material. In fact, archeologists in British Columbia have found artifacts that point to the use of red cedar wood in native societies from as far back as 8,000 years ago. Every part of the tree was used including the roots and bark for constructing basic objects such as baskets and ropes to the wood for housing and canoes.

Today, red cedar still maintains the reputation as being one of the world’s best building materials. It offers unique natural performance characteristics such as being lightweight, stable, durable and resistant to water and insect damage. Aesthetically, it is naturally stunning with its deep tones and textured wood grains.

It is also an environmentally friendly choice with its high thermal coefficient and ability to remove greenhouse gases. Plus, it is renewable, biodegradable and sourced from the most sustainable forests in the world.

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Cedar is a popular design choice for good reason and at OLT, we love being able to share the advantages of Western Red Cedar with our customers.

For a quick overview of the history of cedar in design and building, check out the infographic below.


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About the Author

Greg Bailey is a partner at Outdoor Living Manufacturing Ltd, a value added forest company specializing in do-it-yourself western red cedar kits. He has been in the forest industry for over 30 years and an owner at OLM for over 10 years.

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