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Why Use Cedar or Redwood?

Watson's Wooden Words offer you choices of durable wood to meet your signage  needs.

The rich color of redwood is legendary. Every redwood board we carve is unique, one-of-a-kind and has no knots. Such distinction cannot be matched by man-made, alternative products. The beauty and warmth of real redwood speaks for itself..  Redwood is inherently durable. Redwood is naturally resistant to insects and decay. Additionally, Redwood has excellent “dimensional stability,” which means that it shrinks and swells less than other woods when exposed to water. Wood acts like a sponge. When it absorbs moisture it swells and when it loses moisture it shrinks. Redwood has thinner cell walls which shrink and swell less than other woods. This means redwood is less likely to warp, split, cup or check.. Redwood stains beautifully with rich tones. This is available to you at no additional charge at Watson's Wooden Words

Western Red Cedar has been the choice for centuries for builders and artisans. It is well known for its natural beauty and durability.

Cedar for outdoor use has been utilized for everything from Texas fence posts to Totem Poles in the Northwest which are up to 200 years old. It has natural protection from mold, mildew and decay and is an ideal choice for both interior and exterior signs. It has great weatherability, stability and it is a durable and attractive wood. Native Americans named the Western Red Cedar the “Tree of Life.”

We are well versed in the types of wood available for sign making. As Master Craftsmen, our choice is primarily the Western Red Cedar. No two pieces of the wood are the same as they are cut from a living tree. Carving enhances the wonderful wood grain of each piece of wood. It is also considered the best softwood for stain and paint finishes, allowing a range of effects on the finished product.

We also utilize Knotty Pine for homes with country accents, a rustic or Western theme. The wood is very distinct because of its large knots, or defects, which make striking patterns in custom carved wood signs.

We purchase only the most stable lumber possible. We choose Number One Grade, Kiln Dried Vertical Grain, Western Red Cedar or Knotty Pine. This material moves as little as possible, as it has been well dried and kept in the best storage facilities to maintain the stability (lack of moisture).

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As you can see, Redwood, Western Red Cedar or Knotty Pine is the best choice for your project. We hope this article will answer your question.