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.

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.

western red cedar featheredge cladding on Midhurst housing development


Take the tour…

If you’ve never visited our Cocking Sawmills woodyard then this little film is for you. Take a tour around English Woodlands Timber HQ at Cocking Sawmills with this video and find out what it is we’re doing out here all day long on the side of a hill in sunny West Sussex!

Thanks for watching!


Larch in a Cold Climate or… The Pursuit of Larch.

The story of a lone timber species, born into a family of Redwoods and destined for greatness. Larch navigates the choppy waters of the 20thC sawmill scene until finding a suitable ambient climate in the hands of sustainability experts, savvy architects and erstwhile masonry users turned carbon aficionados… are you hooked or just confused?!

Read on for some decent 21stC cladding common sense…

As timber cladding gets specified more and more in architectural projects on the grounds of sustainability (aesthetics are a given right?) Larch cladding comes up more and more as the ‘go to’ timber species for the job.


CLD.FS.MP.Larch timber cladding French motorway services Building with Larch cladding. detail of cladding section French motorway services Building with Larch strip cladding


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.

douglas fir tree


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