These Shakes are sawn both sides Premium and Number 1 Grades are the most common. Premium Grade is 100% edge grain, 100% clear and 100% heartwood. Number 1 Grade allows up to 20% flat grain in each bundle. Number 2 and 3 Grades are also available.
These shakes have split faces and sawn backs. Cedar logs are first cut into desired lengths. Blanks or boards of proper thickness are split and then run diagonally through a bandsawn to produce two tapered shakes from each blank. Available in Premium Grade (100% edge grain) or Number 1 Grade (Up to 20% flat grain allowed in each bundle).
Due to its slow growth it is hard and, like other cypress woods it is durable; it therefore offers good dimensional stability, and is resistant to weather, insects, and contact with soil.
It works easily with hand or machine tools; it turns and carves quite well. It can be fastened with glues, screws, and nails. Uniform colour and straight grain will take a fine finish. It resists splintering and wears smoothly over time. t can be used as a substitute for Western Red Cedar shingles. We carry both shingles and shakes in No.1 grade.