Cypress Pine

Not sure if there is another timber in Australia more underrated than Cypress Pine, except perhaps Red Gum (which seems to up more chimneys than into any wooden creations).

Cypress Pine is used and abused – concreted into the ground as stumps, as fence posts, and painted over as picket fences (amongst its many typical applications).

I was given a post recently – rough sawn, split, the leftover from an outdoors construction, destined for the fireplace.  After a few quick passes through the bandsaw (resawing), some promising boards started to reveal themselves.  Next, after running it through the thicknesser, then a couple of passes through the drum sander to quickly see some results, and this is what was found:

Cyprus Pine in the JawHorse

Cypress Pine in the JawHorse

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Cypress Pine

With character like that, it is hard to imagine why it is normally hidden under a thick layer of paint, or worse, left raw and rough sawn for the elements to torture.

7 Responses

  1. Is this Cyprus Pine dense yet flexible and resonant enough to be used as a guitar’s sounding (top) board? i.e. chamaecyparis or picea wood
    Do you know its density and moisture count? i.e. drying time
    Is Cyprus Pine related to Cyress the wood of flamenco guitars? Just curious.

    Gracias, Chris Candelario
    chriscandelario@hotmail.com

  2. Cypress as far as my limited knowledge goes is actually a hardwood. It’s hard as, splits like a bastard when you nail it. However it smells as sweet as honey, termites won’t touch it and looks mighty fine all polished up

  3. Re cyprus pine, beautiful to use but make sure there is no cracks as it splits very easily. Splinters in hands must be removed quickly too. Looks great when waxed.

  4. The good old cypreus pine is as they say a very durable wood. It does, however take a long time to dry and season. It also has a higy oil content due to the way it is grown in plantations. I believe it is good as a veneer in musical instruments but am yet to learn of its true value as a base timber. Great in buildings except they way it is currently used, wet and super green. Have heard from many builders that they nearly need raincoats when using it. Wonder how it stains/dyes.

  5. Didn’t know you had Cyprus Pines in Australia! Well if nothing else they must look spectacular when growing, as they do here in Cyprus.

  6. Cypress pine (note spelling) is a very hard softwood.
    Cyprus is a country.
    Google is your friend, people!

    • True, and thanks for the pick-up.
      Google is great, but you have to know you don’t know something to seek an answer!

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