A Profile of Wood: Eastern Red Cedar

Sacred Wood

Renowned for it's rot resistance and aromatic scent, Cedar has also held cultural value throughout human history. 

New England's first known humans, 'The People of the Dawn' considered it sacred. It's boughs were burned to drive away bad spirits. It is believed that wearing a small piece could protect you from evil. 

Cedar is mentioned over 100 times in the Bible. It is said to be the first of Trees. "I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive" (Isaiah 41:19) During the Middle Ages, it became associated with Mary and was used to symbolically drive away representations of evil.

A tree that holds a similar significance across multiple cultures leads me to believe that there must be some truth to it. While many of life's mysteries remain, it is without doubt one of my favorite woods to work with.

All cedar is sustainably hand gathered from dead and downed trees from permissible foraging areas. I keep a few seasoned logs in stock. You can find some native Cedar products in the Deadwood Forest Co Shop or if you have something custom in mind, hit the contact form link above or email: matt@deadwoodforestco.com.