One of the most popular uses of both Atlantic and Northern white cedar
is as canoe strips. Lightweight, easily machined, supple, flexible,
highly resistant to decay and indigenous to the east coast, white cedar
was the choice of Native Americans hundreds of years ago and remains prized
among boat and canoe builders today (hence the common name boat cedar).
Although Wood, Steel & Glas has been using and selling white cedar
for 25 years, only within the last year have we begun making and selling
canoe strips. Our customers have been exceedingly pleased with both
our strips and our price. For years we've wrestled with ways to conserve
as much of this resource as possible. As we mill our own lumber,
we produce a fair amount of "edge grain" that is too thin to be made into
dimensioned lumber. One day a boat builder told us these pieces would
be ideal for canoe strips not only because of their size, but also because
they are usually "edge grain" or vertical grain. Vertical grain or
quarter sawn lumber often commands a premium as the most desirable cut.
Compared with plainsawed lumber it shrinks and swell less in width, twists
less, splits less and surface-checks less. Consequently, you
will get an unusually high percentage of vertical grain canoe strips for
less than most vendors sell plainsawed strips.