Atlantic White (Boat) Cedar

Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) grows along the East Coast of the United States. Although it can grow as far north as Central Maine, it is more commonly found further south, even into Northern Florida. Because of its concentration in the Southeastern United States, it is also known as Southern White Cedar. It is also called Boat Cedar for it’s ideal boat-building properties.

In the right conditions, Atlantic White Cedar trees can grow as tall as 120 feet with a 5 foot diameter. The sapwood is narrow and white, with a wide heartwood that is light pinkish brown in color.

Atlantic White Cedar has a fine and straight grain. It is easily worked with tools, finishes well, and will hold paint. It is light weight and quite soft, but holds fasteners well although it is prone to splitting.

Goosebay Lumber stocks both a clear grade that is suitable for boat building, as well as a STK, or knotty grade, decking, which, due to the knots, is not suitable for boatbuilding. However, the knots are sound and the edges are eased. It is a similar product to our Western Red Cedar STK decking.

The 5/4 live edge is a lumber for boat builders.  We look for lengths of 18-20 feet and as wide as possible, often up to 20 inches. Due to widespread shortages, we sometimes have difficulty obtaining this Atlantic White CedarPlease, but please don’t hesitate to contact us to check availability.

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*All types of wood dust that are inhaled are hazardous to your health and have the potential to cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Please wear the proper personal protective equipment when working with any type of wood.*

For more information about this species, please visit The Wood Database.

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