A lumber fest was held near the site we were working on so we decided to take a look. Simply put, it was a gathering of lumber stores selling their products. Plus booths selling varnish, tools, furniture, etc.

Some logs on display, mostly Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica). Japanese cedar is grown heavily throughout Japan. 40 percent of the forest in Japan is used for the lumber industry. Out of this, more than 60 percent of the trees is Japanese cedar. You will often see whole mountains covered with only Japanese cedar.

It’s popularly used due to its fast growth and its strength against water. It’s also used for the exterior walls (sometimes the wood is burnt).


An array of lumber for sale. The main type of wood is Japanese/Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa). A bit of a premium material due to its resistance against water and insects, it has been used for building shrines. It is also commonly used for shower/bath rooms.


One piece Japanese cedar planks for sale. Great for building tables and benches.


What’s the dark patch?

A glue-like substance is applied on top of the wood. This helps prevent cranks which occurs when the wood dries. It is applied down the middle of the wood and on any knots.





A variety of wood on display.

From left: Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora), Japanese Ash (Fraxinus mandshurica)Walnut (Juglans ailantifolia), Monkey Pot (Samanea saman)Afzelia (Afzelia spp.)Japanese Chestnut (Castanea crenata).



Lastly, we got our hands on some black walnut. I’ll update soon on what this beauty becomes. Stay tuned!


Lumber Fest
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