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    • Yes, quite something when you come across it in the woods. It is about 100 feet tall and though it looks fragile the tree manages to hang in there. I made a path into it this Summer so we can sit under it and watch it grow.

  1. Cedars are so amazing. You have me wondering if you’ve come across “Finding the mother tree : discovering the wisdom of the forest” by Suzanne Simard? I suspect that you might enjoy it if you haven’t already read it.

    • We’ll have to pick up the book as it has been mentioned to us twice over the last couple of weeks. Thanks for the reminder. I’m pretty determined to work almost entirely with cedar now as it is such a durable and versatile wood. Unfortunately (but perhaps fortunately) we have had quite a bit of cedar die off in the last 3 or 4 years. I (and others) attribute it to climate change as we are seeing more drought and heat conditions during the Summer. It is very hard on the more shallow rooted trees.
      On the plus side – more lumber for me without having to cut down live trees.

      • My honey likes working with Port Orford Cedar (which I understand isn’t actually a cedar???) But they are under threat, actually have been for some time. My favorite hardwood around here is the Myrtle tree…. with the most beautiful grain and varied colors (depending on the soil it has grown in). Occasionally ranging to a shade of blue. Lovely stuff!

      • Interesting about the Port Orford cedar. I see another name for it is white cedar. From the outside it looks much the same as our red cedar. Myrtle seems to be localized to your area and California – none up here. I have a vague memory of smelling very fragrant Myrtle wood smoke when travelling through Oregon. We always travelled through there in winter so people were probably heating their houses with it. I also remember lots of woodwork in the stores made of myrtle and it was very attractive.

      • We just returned from a hike up the creek and noticed that a HUGE myrtle tree has fallen across the creek. It’ll be interesting to watch to see the habitat that forms around the obstruction. Of course, Eric is already planning to go down there to explore… 🙄

  2. That’s an amazing tree! Isn’t it funny how they make those elbow turns so often? There are some nice ones here on Fidalgo Is. but they’re getting a bit stressed with the higher temps and drier summers. This past summer, many more burnt orange leaflets appeared among the green. I’m trying to get used to it. I hope yours are doing better.

    • We have a few cedar with ‘elbows’. I guess everyone wants to be the leader. Our big 800-1000 year old Douglas fir has had a tough time in the past couple of years and has lost about 30 feet off its top due to high winds. I have been watching a lower branch (the size of one of our good sized trees) slowly turning upwards. In a few more years it will be the new top. Fascinating (though admittedly slow) to watch. Unfortunately we’re seeing more stressed cedars every year.


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