Huge Cypress forests once dominated Louisiana’s low-lying areas, with strands of trees containing thousands of board feet per acre. For decades, native tribes used the trees to construct boats, tools, and lumber for a wide range of purposes. Henry Ford collected cypress from the containers that shipped in Spanish moss in the early 1900s and used it to construct the chassis for his Model T Ford. In 1963 the bald cypress was designated as Louisiana’s official state tree. Today, Cypress grows abundantly throughout the Gulf Coast and in hardwood bottomlands, and it is valued for its beauty and longevity. Wood from the marshes of South Louisiana is the finest Cypress you can get anywhere, combining heart content and rich color with the tight grain that comes from slow tree development in moist ground circumstances.
The construction industry makes extensive use of cypress wood because of its many desired traits. Cypress wood can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including siding and shingles, log homes, paneling, boat docks and piers, mulch, and even boats. Cypress wood furniture can withstand the elements and last for years. The fact that it can withstand rain and insects makes it a great pick for outdoor seating. Cypress wood tables, chairs, and outdoor cabinets are built to last, even when subjected to the harshest weather and environmental conditions.
If you’re wanting to add cypress to your home give us a call. This beautiful wood can’t be replicated by what you find in stores. It’s not only beautiful, but adds an element of Louisiana culture to any project.