Western Red Cedar, the archetypal timber cladding

We know fresh sawn Western Red Cedar cladding comes high on the ‘wish list’ for lots of building projects.

western red cedar featheredge cladding on Midhurst housing development


When we ask our customers ‘why?’ we often hear the same thing… it’s ‘the one we know’. It turns out ‘Cedar cladding’ has become ubiquitous as the alternative term for ‘timber cladding’ and so we thought we’d ponder that for a moment.

We know that WRC is a safe choice because it’s been used in construction for over 50 years. So in a way the proof is in the pudding. The timber clad buildings from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc.. they’re all still here. We see them around, ranch style bungalows with stone chimney’s , small scale span housing developments, 60’s comprehensive schools, beachside cafes, pre-fab office buildings all with their wood cladding, maybe gloss white, or maybe black painted or just weathered, still looking neat, tidy, stylish and still intact. It’s ubiquitous by proxy. (more…)

Western Red Cedar

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The official word on Western Red Cedar

Rich red brown heartwood, pinky when fresh sawn, pales as it dries but an exterior finish will maintain colouring once surface is dry. Although difficult to treat due to Tannin content WRC is naturally durable, weathers well and silvers down over time.

Popular with architects and designers, WRC is not a heavy duty timber but is great for garden structures, furniture, fencing, decking and gates.



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Not the right Cedar? Try Cedar of Lebanon  the big wood with the big perfume!

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Read more about our Western Red cedar



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Cedar of Lebanon

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Walk through our air dried stockyard any day of the year and at some point you’ll pass through an incredible cloud of perfume – that’s how you know you’ve found the Cedar of Lebanon stock.

Cedar of Lebanon, light to medium brown heart with strong emanating scent. It has medium fine, straight grain but can be knotty with very large, striking integral knots.

It is a durable timber with medium moisture movement and a fairly low strength.

Cedar of lebanon can be difficult to machine and sometimes bark pockets can be troublesome. It can be painted and varnished well though. Glue, oil and polish are all ok but the high resin content prevents most treatments.

This timber has a unique perfume, grows to incredible dimensions & is a sought after by furniture makers for wardrobes & chests of drawers because the scent keeps cloth eating moths and insects at bay.

It’s also used as interior cladding and could even be used as external timber cladding as it is is southern Europe, partially favoured for that ability to repel insect attack.

This Cedar would do well in bathrooms or outdoor kitchens where the durability would be an advantage as well as the great dimensions of boards, perfect for one piece table tops and worktops.

We wouldn’t advise Cedar of Lebanon be used overtly in a bedroom or a kitchen. The perfume, whilst wonderful and useful could be overwhelming at night or around food preparation.

p.s. don’t confuse this Cedar with the other Cedar… Western Red… quite a diffferent proposition.

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Cedar of Lebanon

Great British Wood #GiBWeek2017

 Grown in Britain week 2017

Grown in Britain Week is an opportunity for us all to celebrate homegrown timber.

When we say celebrate we really mean it. We love our homegrown timbers. We know that they’re becoming more and more sought after by woodworkers and woodfans everywhere which makes us incredibly happy. We can’t help but think that this welcome change has been energised by the work of the team at Grown in Britain. (more…)

DO Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir, friend of forester, sawmiller and woodworker alike.

Overlooked by most for it’s more notorious redwood cousins, Larch and Western Red Cedar, poor old Douglas Fir is taken for granted in it’s own backyard! 

Until now…  because once you’ve heard the story of dear old Douglas you may never go Larch or WRC again 🙂

Sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin.
The story of fresh sawn cladding timber is centuries old. It’s about a local existence, people using using the materials at hand to create shelter from the elements, creating a home or a school or a communal village building.

It’s a simple tale.

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Westonbirt Arboretum – a case study

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English Woodlands Timber in association with TRADA sponsored the production of this video to support the use of local timber.

The Westonbirt Arboretum videogives an insight into this Green Apple award winning project.  The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular collections of trees in the world so it was only fitting that timber should play a key role in the design of the Visitor Centre.

YouTube ChannelIn 2010 the Forestry Commission, who own and manage the Arboretum, commissioned Glenn Howells Architects to develop a masterplan which, over the course of several phases, would improve the experience of visitors to the site. Improvement was needed; parking was haphazard; a single ticket hut caused long queues; toilets and café were scattered around the site and there was nowhere to provide information.

The new building is the start of every visitor’s journey to the Arboretum. Discreetly set in a natural landscape hollow, it is deliberately modest in scale to minimise its impact on the historic landscape and to maintain the main focus on the collection of trees. Materials have been carefully considered; in response to its sylvan location, the building has been designed as an exemplar of the use of UK sourced timber and to demonstrate the aesthetics and capability of green materials in construction.

A key aspect of the design was the need to achieve a smooth external curved appearance to the building; the choice of timber for the external cladding and its detailing was critical. Green UK-sourced western red cedar battens were chosen and proved an excellent material to create the curve; laid horizontally, they have sufficient elasticity to curve smoothly but are robust enough, untreated, to deal with the relatively exposed location. The cladding battens were deliberately fixed with deep shadow gaps between to allow them to move slightly while the appearance of the curve of the building remains consistent. The roof is clad with untreated western red cedar bias cut shingles; the bias cut offered better durability and quality on a sawn shingle without the irregularity of hand riven shakes.

The cladding battens were supplied by English Woodlands Timber in West Sussex. The roof shingles, from the same supplier, were also cedar but they came from France as UK varieties were considered to be too porous for this application. Other softwood timber elements of the scheme were sourced from local suppliers.

Other great places to visit:

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RHS Garden Wisley 
Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
The Award-winning RHS Garden at Wisley is one of Britain´s best-loved gardens with 240 acres offering a fascinating blend of the beautiful with practical and innovative design and cultivation techniques. The beauty and tranquillity of the garden… more


Batsford Arboretum
Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AB
Don’t know your Pinus from your Prunus? Or your Sorbus from your Quercus? Take a stroll around the glorious Batsford Arboretum tucked into the Cotswold Hills for a crash course in trees and shrubs followed by scrumptious home-baked coffee and cake at… more


Winkworth Arboretum
Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD
It doesn’t matter what time of year you decide to head to Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming, Surrey, you’ll always be rewarded with a fabulous plant display. In spring, fat blossoms dot across the landscape as bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons and… more

Sweet Home Chestnut Cladding

Air dried, machine profiled, finger jointed, PEFC Sweet Chestnut Cladding 

It is quite a mouthful isn’t it?

Well, this is a cladding with a big name and an even bigger reputation and no mistake!

It’s not new but it’s been on the side lines for a while, coming in behind our beloved Oak in the popularity stakes on a regular basis but now it seems our little friend Castanea Sativa has been catching up, making a bit of ground on good old Oak.

And we don’t think it’s just a fad either.

Air Dried finger jointed Chestnut decking at the Bridge School c AD Sweet Chestnut cladding



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These beautiful timber tiles are our Bias Cut Shingles. That is to say, a sawn shingle. A very different product from any other sawn European, American or British shingle.

Sourced from France (PEFC certified) from high grade logs, these shingles are an offshoot of the barrel making industry.

The sawyers, whose main operation involves production of barrel staves for wine barrels, have produced these incredible timber tiles for use as cladding on walls and roofs.

What’s wonderful is the sawyers are about as particular as you can get about quality (you can imagine!) so the logs are the best they can source, resulting in superb quality shingles with lovely straight, intact grain.

Bias cut shingles have a neat, clean cut appearance.  They offer a beautiful, distinctive finish to a modern construction or traditional building whilst being durable and tough. As they weather they harden and need no additional treatment. The key to their longevity is good fixing and good detailing. In addition, the multiple layers tiles give a very good insulation.

The ‘bias cut’ actually describes the sawing down the grain (almost like riving) leaving the full length grain on the surface of the shingle, which replicates the traditional riven shake.

The point of this method is to allow water to naturally run off rather than ‘stick’ to the surface or be drawn back up through the endgrain that occurs in regular sawn shingles. It’s quite a clever adaption from the barrel making staves which are required to have full length grain so they can bend, be incredibly durable (not rot and leak wine everywhere!) and remain stable over long (really long) periods of time.

The overall result is a cladding shingle of superior finish with the durability of a traditional shake, the ease of fix of a sawn shingle, and a price that beats them both.

How To Buy Bias Cut Shingles

The shingles are currently available in Western Red Cedar (WRC) or Oak, both PEFC certified.

WRC is currently available in individual packs whilst Oak is only available in bulk bags of 27m2 (single layer cover).

Shingles are laid in layers and the place and orientation of the surface determines the number of layers required to provide a durable weatherproof covering.

It’s understood that vertical surfaces require a minimum of 2 layers whilst a gradient or slope requires 2.5 or 3 layers.

Shingles can be collected from our woodyard or delivered locally.

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Read about timber grades & species in Making the Grade

Or for more about certified timber Grown in Britain, FSC & PEFC

Get more timber cladding information HERE

Read our Shingles case study HERE



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