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Japanese Cedar

Randy Anderson

Beta Tester
Beta Tester
May 25, 2019
Eads, TN
Friend of mine dropped off a couple of logs of what I'm 99% sure is Japanese Cedar. Never worked with it before. As a test I did a quick hollow form and a bowl from the gnarly stump end of the log today. It's very wet, no sticky sap, stringy, bark comes off easily in sheets, not much cedar smell to it. Does not like scrapers of any kind but with some steep angle cuts with a sharp gouge I can get a very smooth finish. Didn't seem to move much at all during turning. Anyone know how it dries? Cracks, twists? Does it age well? Typical red cedar, and cedar in general, is my least favorite wood to work with but I liked the very dark/light contrast.


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