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Western Red vs. Port Orford Cedar

Should I choose Western Red or Port Orford Cedar?


Here are some things to consider:

Western Red Cedar (Click here to see sample)

  • Each board is 5 1/4" wide x 5/8" thick (thicker, heavier and wider)
  • Tends to be a bit redder/warmer, producing a more subtle and natural image
  • Larger, bolder knots and grains
  • Gaps between boards are approximately 1/4"
  • Ideal for scenery, wildlife, architectural images
  • Available in larger sizes

Port Orford Cedar (Click here to see sample)

  • Each board is 3 1/2" wide x 1/4" thick. (thinner, lighter and smaller)¬†
  • Whiter in color than Western Red Cedar, producing a brighter/higher contrast image
  • Smaller knots and grains
  • Gaps between boards are very small at 1/16" or less.
  • Ideal for people, scenery, wildlife and architectural images
  • Only available in smaller sizes

* Remember, no matter which cedar you choose all boards will have their own unique color, knots and grains... making your art piece one-of-a-kind.