What wood doesn't turn gray outside?

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I just bought some old wood signs that were used outside for the university and a state park in Missouri. I thought they were pine, but then I realized that they have been sitting in the sun for 50 years or so and are not gray at all. I planed a board down and the wood is medium brown and is not aromatic. The wood also has no knots in it. Anyone know what it could be? I will work on posting a pic of the wood. I know identification requires a picture. Either way I got such a good price on it I don’t think I could have went wrong on the deal. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 304 days ago

Oh I forgot to say that it is defantly not a species found in MO.

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#2 posted 304 days ago

Pictures would help.

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#3 posted 302 days ago

Since they haven’t degraded after 50 years of being outside, I’d guess redwood or western cedar. They typically would have been used for signs 50 years ago. I look forward to seeing the photos.

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#4 posted 302 days ago

+1 to all post so far.

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#5 posted 301 days ago

I am interested in the answer to your question. I have always been told that ALL wood turns gray over time.

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#6 posted 301 days ago

If it’s aromatic I would think it could be Cedar, which is often used for roof shingles and turns gray from the sun, but is very durable.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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