As ground water is sucked up into Cypress tress through transpiration, the water radiates through the millions of microscopic channels running all through the wood of the tree. I found the answer is to use shellac as a sealer first, and then poly as your top coats. i am making “the mother of all wedding benches” for my daughter out of a 30 yr old tree that a neighbor had to take down. The wood is rather soft, so not sure how it would hold up to the weight and wear, but at least it’s probably not for aesthetic purposes, so it may not be an issue that it is dented, etc. This occurs when the tree is standing in swampy conditions which supply oxygen to the submerged root system. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress. i am very surprised that it is so light, having been making tables and such from pecan and mesquite and osage orange. Bald cypress heartwood varies from a pale yellow-brown to a dark reddish-brown, sometimes looking almost black. '); 'dimension5': 'joannkaiser', Bald cypress heartwood varies from a pale yellow-brown to a dark reddish-brown, sometimes looking almost black. Comments: Baldcypress is the state tree of Louisiana, and is an icon of southern swamplands. Cypress can be resinous, but that does not affect its workability or gluing. Names like tidewater, gulf and swamp cypress offer similar clues. Cypress can also be used for a turnery wood. Members of this diverse group include such behemoths as the redwood, the giant sequoia, Japanese cedar, Chinese fir and one of the biggest conifers of the eastern United States—the bald cypress.Bald cypress is a slow-growing tree that takes a long time to mature but will survive a wide variety of growing conditions. See more ideas about wood, wood crafts, cypress wood. There are two main types of cypress trees; true cypress trees and false cypress trees. She is a contributing editor for the Woodworking Network and has been writing the Wood of the Month column since its inception in 1986. Hugh Johnson writes about these roots in Encyclopedia of Trees: “Science is puzzled by these spongy knobs, which arise over the points where its deep sinker-roots descend into the mud. The wood sands and planes easily and is stable in service. Odor: Cypress has a distinct, somewhat sour odor while being worked. I have found that quartersawn old growth bald cypress sapwood makes excellent instrument soundboards, particularly for acoustic guitars & ukuleles. Cypress Yields Versatile, Durable Lumber. Pricing/Availability: Prices ought to be in the mid-range for domestic woods, with clear, knot-free boards for woodworking applications costing more than construction-grade lumber. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Aug 30, 2020 - Explore Joy Ferguson's board "Cypress wood" on Pinterest. I think most instances of allergic reactions occurred when breathing the sawdust. Cypress is most often requested in lumber form although cypress plywood and veneers are sometimes sold.According to the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Assn., cypress sawmills “generally produce about 100-120 million board feet of cypress annually. The explanation of this one source was that it rarely gets to these heights anymore, but in earlier centuries old growth of the tree was much higher. [CDATA[//>