Sequoia wood is a high quality wood, well known for several reasons. This includes your high price, size and longevity of the tree.
With this name it is common to refer to several woods. On the one hand, the redwood sempervirens, which is what interests us and which originates in the western United States, more specifically in California. Then there’s the giant sequoia, which is actually smaller than the sempervirens, which is also from California. However, it is at risk of extinction and we will not consider it as a timber species.
O redwood sempervirens, can live for 3,000 years, exceed 100 meters in height and reach almost 8 meters in diameter. It is undoubtedly a spectacular tree, a giant. In fact, you can find old photos where you can see a small road passing under one of these specimens.
It is a very rare wood in Europe. In Latin America, redwood plantations have developed in recent decades with excellent results, although the quality is not the same as that obtained in their natural environment.
Color: Whitish whitish with yellow tones and light brown to deep reddish-brown heartwood.
Fiber: Straight, although you may find wavy and irregular pieces.
Density: Approximately 400-420 kg / m³. It is, therefore, a light wood.
Toughness (monnin): 2.2 mole. Excellent relationship between resistance and weight.
Durability: Medium to high. The older the tree, the longer the wood will last.
Dimensional stability: Stable wood.
- Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.30%. A little nervous.
- Compressive strength: 400 kg / cmtwo
- Resistance to static bending: – kg / cmtwo
- Modulus of elasticity: 45,000 kg / cmtwo
Workability: Easy to work with manual and mechanical tools.
- You may need knockouts in irregular areas as it may crack.
- Impregnation: no problems.
- Finishes: good.
- Although it is not common to produce allergic reactions, it is possible. Eye and skin irritation. It can affect people with asthma.
Price brazilwood: As we already mentioned, it is a very expensive wood. This is mainly due to its scarcity, since production is not abundant, and its great demand. Although the species is not yet at risk, its population has been greatly reduced in recent generations.
Uses of Sequoia Wood
- Natural wood veneers. Plywood and veneered boards.
- Interior and exterior carpentry: doors, windows …
- Internal and external floors.
- Wooden structures: pergolas, balconies …
- Garden furniture.
- Handicrafts and turned objects.
- Musical instruments.