Over the last few months, we here at Pine Cones Plus have told about how you can use cedar shavings as both a natural scent block and as a perfect tool for storing your hunting clothes in preparation for next season. Those uses are just scratching the surface of the uses for this amazingly versatile wood. Here are some fun facts about cedar and some more interesting uses for it.
- In the United States there are 3 main varieties of cedar: Incense Cedar, Western Red Cedar, and Eastern Red Cedar.
- The Incense Cedar is mainly used in the manufacturing of pencils.
- Eastern Red Cedar is also known as Aromatic Cedar.
- Western Red Cedar is often used for building decks and siding.
- The oil found in cedar is a natural insect repellant. This oil is only found in the reddish heartwood of the trees.
- The Ancient Egyptians used oil extracted from cedar trees in the mummification process. The natural properties of the oil helped keep tombs insect free.
- Native Americans similarly used cedar oil to repel mosquitoes and other small pests.
- The Native Americans also built many of their canoes out of cedar.
- Cedar trees are native to the Western Himalayan Mountains.
- Many guitar soundboards are made out of Western Red Cedar and the necks are made of Spanish Cedar.
- Cedar was often used in the crafting of boats. It is said that Alexander the Great’s boats were made from cedar.
- In the Bible, cedar was imported for the construction of King Solomon’s temple.
- Cedar wood is naturally resistant to water rot.
- Cedar is lightweight and easy to work. Most woodworking operations are considered easy to perform with cedar.
- Cedar trees are commonly used in landscaping projects due to the pleasant aroma they release.
This list is just a few of the many interesting facts and historical uses for one of the world’s most versatile trees!
Bonus Craft Section
With Easter just around the corner, here’s a fun craft to do with the family using pine cones from Pine Cones Plus. Using a few found ingredients, you can build your very own Pine cone Bunny!
Seedpods or leaves
Using the pinecone for the bunny’s body, glue your seedpods or leaves onto the narrower part of the pine cone. With the ears attatched all you have to do is glue on a cute cotton tail to complete the bunny. It’s that simple to create a decorative bunny for your home, but you don’t have to stop there. You can use construction paper to make eyes and teeth for your bunny. Let your imagination run wild!