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CYPRESS, LAWSON'S

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana


A NOTE ABOUT CYPRESS SPECIES



NOTE: this wood is NOT called Lawson's cypress by woodworkers,
it is called Port Orford cedar (even though it is not a cedar) and
none of the wood shown on this page was listed as cypress,
it was all listed as "Port Orford cedar".

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana of the family Cupressaceae. This is a particular species, out of many species that are called cypress (see the fact sheet with the cypress page), and it is also known as California cypress, false cypress, ginger pine, lawson chamaecyparis, Lawson cypress, matchwood, Oregon cedar, Oregon cypress, pencil cedar, Port Orford cedar, Port Orford white cedar, spruce gum , white cedar, and white cypress. Botanists call it Lawson's cypress but woodworkers call it Port Orford cedar. I have it listed on this site as cypress, because after all, that's what it IS.



my samples:


sample plank of port orford cedar / Lawson cypress / Chamaecyparis lawsoniana and end grain


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Port Orford cedar / Chamaecyparis lawsoniana


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Port Orford cedar / Chamaecyparis lawsoniana --- HUGE enlargements are present


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Port Orford cedar / Chamaecyparis lawsoniana --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Port Orford cedar / Chamaecyparis lawsoniana --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank --- HUGE enlargements are present


end grain and HIGH GRIT END GRAIN CLOSEUP of the piece directly above



The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
Lawson's cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, also listed as Port Orford cedar and match-wood) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views



web pics:


Lawson cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), plank and turning stock


port orford cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) planks


planks listed as Port Orford cedar but with no botanical designation


Port Orford cedar pics provided by Doug Nadel with my thanks. The first one is rough, second one is planed, third is finished with clear shellac and fourth one is finished with Danish oil. When Doug send me the pics, all but the rough one were bright yellow so I did a white balance reset and now I think they are more likely to look like the actual wood. I don't know why the rough one is gray. BIG enlargments are present


both sides and a closeup of a port orford cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) plank


figured slabs


lumber


guitar blanks


beams


decking


paneling


log


siding


spindles


arrow shafts


listed as 50,000 arrow shafts. I think this company is planning on making a LOT of arrows


waxed turning block of port orford cedar


bench made from a single huge beam-like chunk


7-inch high finial of segmented port orford cedar


guitars with a port orford cedar face


steel-legged table from what looks to be about 1/3rd of a crotch section. You can see it better in the enlargement of the right-hand pic, but there's some nice flaming.