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Alaska/Nootka Cypress aka Yellow Cedar for bowls/utensils?

by livewire516
posted 12-08-2018 08:04 PM

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#1 posted 12-08-2018 10:05 PM

It is quite pungent while freshly cut, it dissipates over time. I’m sure it is okay to use as a utensil unless you happen to be allergic to it.

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#2 posted 12-17-2018 12:28 AM

Thanks for your input!

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#3 posted 12-17-2018 06:03 AM

I have used it for cutting boards (some gifted to friends and family) with no ill effects reported

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#4 posted 12-17-2018 11:19 PM

I suggest using a more available wood for practicing your bowl & spoon carving. While visiting Vancouver Island, B.C. in recent years, I asked about where to buy some Alaskan (Nootka) Yellow Cedar. All of the mills and cut logs had been bought and moved to the Orient! I was able to buy a few stored chunks & 4×4’s. The First Nations carvers were holding on to whatever stocks they had.

I agee that it is a very good wood for carving. It carves a lot like basswood, but will not hold detail as well.

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#5 posted 12-18-2018 01:17 AM

Thanks for that info Phil, I didn’t know it was hard to get elsewhere, I just thought it was hard to get on the East Coast – I will reserve these for when I’m a little more skilled.

I live in Boston, and don’t have trees on my property, but when I visit family in Pennsylvania for the holidays, I’ll bring my kit and practice on greenwood down there.

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