I received a call to look at a large downed Deodar cedar in a friend's yard. Can anyone tell me what this wood's uses are?
Here is what the tree looks like. The base is a bit over 24" in diameter. The power company cut it out of their wires, but the cable and phone company still have to do their thing, then I will get the butt log when it dries out a bit.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From Professor Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
Basically, in the US this is an ornamental tree and has no commercial value. It is Cedrus deodara. If you Google this name, you may be able to find someone in England or India that has worked with this species. However, if it is indeed an ornamental planting, stresses and poor form will make this unattractive for sawing.
Comment from contributor R:
I have milled many deodar cedars at California Urban Lumber. It is a very stable wood, and smaller logs normally yield better quality material. The twenty five inch diameter plus logs have huge knots. I have heard that chainsaw carvers like it. It makes wonderful drawer boxes and paneling. Scratch it a bit and the aroma is wonderful. I'm not sure of insect resistance, but I have never seen so much as a spider on the lumber. It does not stain well - too much pitch.