Paragraph 45. There are a great many differenet kinds of cedar but they have certain characteristics which are pretty generally common. They are usually lightweight wood, soft and stiff and of rather fine texture. The wood seasons rapidly, shrinks and checks but little and is very durable even when exposed to weather conditions. Cedars are very valuable for shingles. They are also used abundantly for posts and ties. The two general classes of cedar are the white cedar and the red cedar. The red cedar is used principally in cabinet work for veneer. It is also used abundantly in the making of lead pencils, for which purpose alone many millions of feet are cut every year.
One of the most popular purposes for which red cedar has been used for many years is the building of chests in which to store furs, woolens and other fine fabrics. This wood contains a sort of fragrant oil which makes it proof against moths and all kinds of insects. The fact that this fragrance is apparently everlasting makes the wood very valuable for this purpose.
There is probably no wood that will outlast red cedar, and although there are specimens of cedar wood taken from work constructed more than three thousand years ago, they show no signs of decay. The Bible speaks of the "Cedars of Lebanon" from which Solomon's temple was constructed, and frequent references are made to the cedar as a type of permanence and wisdom. The famous cedar spoken of in the Bible is not the same as our native red cedar, but it is of the same family and the woods possess many of the same characteristics.