Cypress Wood

One of Greg’s missions in life was to salvage “sinker cypress” logs from the Atchafalaya Basin. Bald cypress trees, which take centuries to mature, were clear cut in the second half of the 19th century and early 20th century. The reddish heartwood is so dense that some of these trees sank straight to the bottom. Greg would go out and find the lost logs, dig them out of the bottom of the swamp, and saw them into table top pieces as well as lumber for all purposes. Salvaging is the only remaining source of virgin-growth cypress lumber, often referred to as “the wood eternal” due to its resistance to deterioration and termite damage.

Colors vary from red to brown to golden. The wood is ideal for furniture making, cabinets, counter tops or any purpose to which beautiful, high-quality wood is normally put.

All the wood Greg collected has been sold to furniture makers and architects, so you can’t buy any here, but if you find red cypress furniture or paneling in the area, some of the wood he collected might be in it.