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Wood of the day #9: Atlas Cedar

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 01-14-2015 11:54 AM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Common name(s): Atlas Cedar
  • Botanical name: Cedrus atlantica
  • Synonymous: Cedrus libani ssp. atlantica, Cedrus libani var. atlantica
  • Distribution: Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco
  • Description: Very light and soft wood with clear straight grain. Cream to light brown heartwood and a pale yellowish white sapwood. It has a smooth texture that takes a shiny finish when cut. A sweet odour is present and becomes quite strong when worked.
  • Fun facts: Atlas Cedar is one of the one or five true Cedars.
    One of the woods used to line cigar boxes and humidors.
  • Sampled by: Me


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anny

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 07:10 PM

to line humidors: cedrela odorata which is a hardwood and has nothing to do with cedar

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CreekOne

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 02:31 PM

to line humidors: cedrela odorata which is a hardwood and has nothing to do with cedar

- anny

Tradition here in Sweden says to use Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata) or any Cedar of Lebanon sub species (Cedrus libani, ssp.) for humidors and cigar boxes.

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 07:00 PM

First I must say that I always read your posts with great pleasure.

I did not know cedar of Lebanon could be used to line Humidors. I know quite a few afficionados being I built several Humidors and I am sure they would not like the frangrance of cedar of Lebanon.
I always line my humidors with spanish cedar (cedrela odorata).
I buy all the exotic wood I need on line at af.nl. It’s a great place, they always have app. 120 species of high quality wood in stock, and service is top rate. In over 15 years I have never been disappointed.

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 07:22 PM

Thanks!

I think that the idea of Cedar libani ssp. XXX is that it works great against some local insects… Maybe its just a old idea. Hehe.
That site is interesting, a lot closer to me than most sites in the US. It’s hard to find good suppliers of wood in Sweden, the small “local” mills only saw lumber you bring them and the big ones don’t want to work with small businesses. The largest suppliers of wood only sell 2m² or more… Preferably 3 – 5m²…And E-bay is a bit of a rip-off for veneers and you can’t find nice wood in any quantity.

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