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The positive traits of western red cedar wood have been noted in the latest issue of online resource Popular Mechanics.
Contributor Thomas Klenck notes how to make a garden planter out of the robust material, which he notes "will stand up to the elements outside your door".
He suggests that the planter can be built by people with a range of skills, noting that it can also be constructed in a range of styles, ranging from rustic to smarter, adding that either choice will result in the creation of an attractive piece of garden ornamentation.
"Use nearly knot-free cedar, with parts carefully cut and fitted, to produce a planter with clean lines and a furniture-like feel. Or, use a knotty rough-sawn cedar and dispense with careful adjustments to produce a rustic planter well suited to life outdoors," he suggests.
Meanwhile, Mike Hennigan, co-chair of the Western Fallers Association told the Vancouver Sun that western red cedar is the main commodity keeping the lumber market afloat.