|Forum topic by LiveEdge||posted 07-14-2015 06:30 PM||625 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
07-14-2015 06:30 PM
I’ve picked up a juniper mantle for my fireplace and am working on what I’m going to do with the rest of the decorative wood sections of the mantle. I’d like a wood that will look like juniper but be something different for two reasons. First, working with juniper gives me a contact rash. Second, it’s hard to find good juniper to use. One of the two hardwood stores in Eugene carries it, but I looked through their supply and most of it was terrible for bowing and warping (which is probably pretty normal for this wood).
So…what to use instead?
I’m trying to match three characteristics: color, heartwood/sapwood interaction (does the substitute wood have both), and knottiness.
Aromatic Red Cedar could be a good choice but the color is usually much more purple/pink. Does anybody ever find some that’s more red/brown than purple/pink?
Western Red Cedar is much more boring in the heartwood/sapwood interaction.
I could look at some Yellow Cedar, but from memory that has no heartwood.