The redwood tree is a native of California and is noted for its enormous size. Its wood is soft and light, of reddish-brown color. It is a durable wood, and, on account of its size, can be used in large construction. It is close grained and does not require filling.

It is used extensively for shingles and also for interior wood work. Occasional pieces in which the grain is distorted are called curly redwood and used for costly interior decoration. Redwood can be finished natural with beautiful effect (specification 13). It is also a good imitation of mahogany when properly stained (specification 16). Woodcraft cherry stain is also satisfactory on this wood.


Plate CXXXV. Redwood.