This post is for members of this group who are not familiar
with bald cypress wood common in The Mississippi Alluvial
Due to its slow growth is not
harvested as much today as it was in the 1890's and in the first
three decades of the 20th Century.
It is the State Tree of Louisiana
and played a great role in the settlement of The Mississippi
Valley where it was used in home construction, outbuildings,
furniture, fence posts, coffins, and hundreds of other things.
It is rot resistant and lasts far
longer than pine, oak, and other deciduous species. I live on
The Ozark Border at the western edge of The Valley at the base
of The Ozark Escarpment. Bald cypress trees grow a few miles
along creeks and rivers that drain the southeastern face of the
escarpment west of where I live.
Cypress is a conifer that sheds its
needles in October and grows new ones in April. It's cone is
round. Of interest is that during a wet year the growth rings
are narrow and in a dry year they are wide. The roots put up
"knees" that grow above the water in which cypress trees grow.
The wood is rather soft and is easy
to work with hand tools. I got out a piece of salvaged cypress
this afternoon and planed it to dimension for re-sawing to make
thin boards for a plane case I have planned. I thought you might
like to see what it looks like if it does not grow in your area.
Fourteen years ago I planted 18
cypress seedlings in a low area on our property and since that
time they have grown over 30 feet tall. They'll make someone in
the future some great cabinet wood because they grow to be 600
years old and reach up to 8 feet in diameter.
Cypress is a wonderful wood that is a joy to
This is a close-up of what the grain looks
like after being planed.