Cedar isn’t just a versatile building material–all over the world, it’s appreciated for its longevity, majestic beauty and cultural significance. Here’s a bit of trivia about the strongest, most durable decking and fencing material around:
Huge Cedar Firsts
World’s Biggest Cedar Bucket: Built in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1887, the world’s largest cedar bucket stands six feet tall, with a six-foot diameter at the bottom and nine feet at the top. The bucket can hold 1,556 gallons–just under 3,000 2-liter bottles of soda. Constructed using durable Red Cedar, the bucket was unfortunately damaged in an arson attack five years ago.
World’s Largest Cedar Rocking Chair: Apparently, the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” also applies to the furniture. Built in Lipan, Tex., the world’s largest cedar rocking chair stands over 25 feet tall and weighs nearly three tons. Built as an attention-getting spectacle by Larry Dennis, the owner of Texas Hill Country Furniture and Mercantile, the gamble paid off with increased local notoriety.
Notable Cedar Trees
Largest Port Orford in the World: Revered for its natural forests, Oregon is also home to the largest Port Orford cedar tree in the world. Found at Elk Creek in Powers, Oregon, the tree stands at 232 feet tall and has a circumference of 43.5 feet. The tremendous strength that allows Port Orford to grow so large also makes it the #1 cedar decking material.
Pacific Northwest’s Oldest Cedar: Some of the oldest trees in the Northwest reside in Mt. Rainer National Park’s Grove of the Patriarchs. Stands of massive Western Red cedar trees (Rick’s top choice for cedar fencing) date back over a thousand years in age–their chemical resistance to decay is what allows them to live so long. Located on an island in the Ohanapecosh River, these trees are a sight to remember.