Macro­carpa — good for boats

The Shed - - Boatbuilding -

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

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