Macrocarpa — good for boats
Large, spreading macrocarpas (Cupressus macrocarpa) are a common sight in rural New Zealand, usually growing alongside homesteads and farm buildings. Macrocarpa (also known as ‘Monterey cypress’) was brought to New Zealand in the 1860s and planted for shelter.
It is a species of cypress native to the central coast of California. Macrocarpa is a low-to-medium-density softwood that looks and works like kauri. Both the heartwood and sapwood of macrocarpa are naturally borer resistant, which makes them ideal for interior housing purposes.
The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association says that macrocarpa is now a well-known decorative softwood timber that is very popular in New Zealand. The appearance is similar to kauri, and quarter-sawn material has a speckled appearance. The heartwood is golden brown in colour, sometimes with a pinkish tinge. When freshly cut, macrocarpa has a fragrant, spicy smell. Macrocarpa is relatively easy to mill, dry, work, and finish, and is suitable for interior and exterior uses.
It is used extensively in the joinery, furniture, and boatbuilding trades, and has a low shrinkage factor from green sawn to dry.
Max sources all his macrocarpa locally and has a shed full of timber waiting for various projects.
Max and his shed full of locally sourced macrocarpa