the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
aromatic red cedar / Juniperus virginiana
of the family Cupressaceae, the cypress family
(technically, this is Eastern redcedar)
(see also pencil cedar
3" x 3" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
The more technically correct name is Eastern redcedar (NOT "red cedar" but "redcedar") but lumber stores are far more likely to call it aromatic red cedar, so that's what I call it. Actually even that is not quite right, since it should be "aromatic redcedar" with no space but it just isn't often used that way. To further confuse things, it isn't really a cedar at all, but as is indicated by the genus name (Juniperus) it is variety of juniper which is part of the cypress family.
Although when freshly cut it is an absolutely gorgeous purple, it fades badly over time to a dull brown.
A somewhat brittle, albeit relatively soft, softwood that works quite well if you can avoid chipout. It tends to have a lot of knots and sapwood and also it is unusually susceptible to blue stain. For that reason, I've chosen a representative flat cut pic (directly to the left) with both a knot, some sapwood, and blue stain. It has no resin canals.
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions