Redwood or Cedar?
Acquired this salvaged lumber from a water storage tank, built in the mid-Atlantic in the 1920’s. I was told by the owner (who salvaged the wood when the tank was dismantled 30 years ago) that it was California redwood, imported from the west coast. I was skeptical, and at first blush, I thought it was just cedar. But after milling a small piece of stock, the grain is straighter and tighter than any red cedar I’ve ever seen. Also, there is absolutely no tell-tale aroma that even old cedar has when it’s cut. Anyone have any idea how to clearly differentiate between the two species?
Clear, straight milled grain.
Unmilled, salvaged lumber pile. All coopered, with widths averaging between 6 and 9 inches. Thickness consistently 2 inches.