Wood of the day #12: Giant Sequoia (Old growth)

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 01-16-2015 01:36 AM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Common name(s): Giant Sequoia, Giant Redwood, Sierra Redwood, Sierran Redwood, Wellingtonia
  • Botanical name: Sequoiadendron giganteum
  • Synonymous: Wellingtonia gigantea (Former name, 1853), Sequoia gigantea (Former name, 1854), Washingtonia californica (Former name, 1854),
  • Distribution: Sierra Nevada Mountains of California
  • Description: Very lightweight wood with a papery feel to it, Giant Sequoia has a light brown to dark red-brown heartwood and a pale yellow/white sapwood. Its straight grained and easy to split. Takes a really nice shiny finish when hand planed.
  • Fun facts: This sample is from a Old growth tree and it has a beautiful glittering shimmer about it. This is visible on the right side of the sample and makes for a nice shine with shellac.
    This wood is considered more or less useless for commercial use due to it being to fragile to fell as the wood tend to split when it hits the ground.
    Giant sequoias are the world’s largest single trees and largest living thing by volume. Largest is General Sherman)
  • Sampled by: Me

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