Azorean Cryptomeria Wood
Scientific Name: Cryptomeria japonica D. Don
Common Names: Criptoméria (Portugal); Cryptomérie du Japon (France); Cryptomeria or Japanese cedar (United Kingdom); Japanisch Cryptomerie (Germany); Sugi (Internacional)
Origin: Far East, naturally grown in the central islands and in the south of Japan.
The unique characteristics of cryptomeria, the controlled origin of the wood and the forest management certification are decisive factors for integration of Azorean forest products in the international market and for beautiful high performance surfboards.
Sapwood: Pale color, yellowish-white, reduced thickness from 2 to 5 cm wide, distinct from the heartwood.
Heartwood: Color - Rosy color, brown to purplish-black, with rings of 2 to 4 mm.
Grain: Medium to thin and uniform.
Texture: Variable, coarse in general.
We work together with the local environmental authorities in charge of managing the forest inventory and certification to identify the best raw material available.
It’s true. We can literally tell you the GPS coordinates of where we extracted the blocks of sapwood that will be shaped into your future surfboard. We can also tell you the people who take care of these forests and partner with us in the wood extraction are first and foremost focused on taking care of the forest. As are we.
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