Sequoia (Redwood) Softwood

Sequoia (Redwood)

Sequoia, also known by its botanical name Sequoia sempervirens, is a beautiful and versatile timber. Its heartwood ranges from light cherry-red to dark red-brown, while its sapwood is near-white or pale yellow. It has a straight-grained texture with a fine to coarse texture, and the contrasting early wood and latewood form a clear growth-ring figure. Sequoia is suitable for many uses, including furniture, flooring, and joinery. Its availability from sustainable and legal sources makes it a great choice for those looking for a durable and attractive wood. Sequoia is a great option for those looking for a wood that is both aesthetically pleasing and extremely durable.

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Also Called:
Californian Redwood, Caost Redwood; Burrs (Burls) Are Marketed As Vevona Burr (Burl). This Is Not The Giant Redwood Or Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron Giganteum, Redwood, Syn. Sequoia Gigantica), Which Is Not Usually Used For Commercial Timber.

Durability Notes:
Sequoia (Redwood) wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Sequoia (Redwood) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Sequoia (Redwood) - the tree holds a lot of water when felled, the wood dries quickly and easily with minimal impact on the grade and quality of the wood. Sequoia exhibits small movement in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Sequoia can vary in its strength properties from piece to piece. It has very low stiffness and low strength for resistance to shock loads, bending and crushing. Sequoia works easily with both machine and hand tools and has little blunting affect on cutters. Sequoia does not hold nails and screws well. It planes, mortices, turns, drills and moulds very well. It takes paint very well and can be brought to a good finish overall.

Typical Uses:
Decking, fences, siding, shingles, decks, furniture, carving, musical instruments, flooring, veneers.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Sequoia Wood

Is Sequoia a hardwood or a softwood? Sequoia is a softwood. It is the same for; is Sequoia hardwood or softwood? - Sequoia is a softwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Sequoia family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Sequoia? Sequoia can be described as dark brown, dark red, orange

Is Sequoia good for outdoor use? or is Sequoia good for exterior use? Sequoia is most suited for exterior/external use. Sequoia can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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