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Cedar standing the test of time

Patrick Cooper

By Patrick Cooper

Market Development Coordinator, Canada Wood UK

December 9, 2011

I was looking through some 1930’s back-copies of Timber Trade Journal yesterday, amazed to see the enormous efforts made to promote western red cedar by the British Columbia Trade Commissioner in London who had offices at 1–3 Regent Street. A series of
one-page advertisements illustrated a collection of inspirational buildings made from western red cedar with Douglas fir framing, designed and built in England.

The records coincide with the construction of the Cedar House in Chobham, designed by Lutyens and made by Colt Houses in the 1930’s. The building has recently been restored by its current owner and photographed by Canada Wood UK. It illustrates how well established cedar is in the UK, how it has inspired design through the ages, that it is sustainable (i.e. it hasn’t run-out since, and we are now using second-rotation material), and how its durability is evident and proven.