Western Redcedar (Thuja Plicata)
Is indigenous to the Pacific Northwest United States, north through
Western Canada and into Alaska. It is harvested under strict sustainable
forestry practices with extreme guidelines to prevent deforestation.
Longevity and Weather Resistance
All cedar is naturally decay resistant due to its high oil and
resin content as it wards off the effects of rain, humidity and the sun's
UV rays. Cedars also possess very high levels of tannin which act as a
natural insect repellant. But, the species Western Redcedar itself is far
superior for outdoor use as it's oil and tannin levels far exceed
those of Inland, Eastern and other cedar species.
This is why Hurley-Byrd uses Western Redcedar.
The beauty of your new feeders comes from within. A Western
Redcedar tree produces many colors of lumber throughout its diameter.
The sapwood (outer layer of the tree) is typically pure white to mellow
yellow. The closer to the center of the tree, the darker the
wood. Heartwood (the very center of the tree) is
typically dark brown to near black.
Coloring of of your new Hurley-Byrd feeder will
range from glowing gold to pinkish red, or chocolate brown and
may contain multi-colored stripes or beautiful black streaking.
It matters little which part of the tree we use, each and
every Hurley-Byrd feeder is gorgeous in its own right.
Lets take a closer look.
See the photo to the right, which was taken prior to applying
of an HB feeder), which darkens and exaggerates the contrasting colors.
We have taken sections from five different boards to illustrate how
different the coloring is in our lumber. The piece at the top is a nice
gold and the bottom one is dark brown. The typical lumber coloring
in our feeders is from one of the three bottom sections. The
middle piece and the second from the bottom show how
a single board can have extreme color variances in
one board while the bottom piece illustrates the
beautiful striped effects that may be found.
How We Use This Lumber
Each piece of lumber is inspected for the following:
Soundness - We make sure each piece of lumber is not cracked,
split, twisted or warped in any way. If a piece of lumber is found defective, which is extremely rare, it is placed aside for use in experimental
items, discarded or becomes a garden stake or fence rail.
Natural Beauty - Like the striped effects noted above, we
look for unusual characteristics in the lumber. When we build your
feeder, we "use" these qualities to enhance the design characteristics
of the feeder being crafted. As an example, we will match and
place the dark, chocolate brown edge of a board toward the
peak of a feeder's roof. This visually enhances the depth of
the feeder as dark colors recede and light colors come
forth in our mind's eye. Hence, producing a feeder
with more stimulating visual depth.
Grain and color patterns are accentuated and placed in
such a way as to add greatly to the feeder's attractiveness. Roof
halves, as shown above, always have the most colorful or beautifully
patterned grains as they are the most viewed aspect of the feeder.
No matter what lumber we use, you will be pleased when
you see a Hurley-Byrd feeder for the first time.
When Shopping for New Wildlife Feeders
Keep these wood facts in mind when shopping for new feeders.
Nearly all wood feeder manufacturers use lesser grades of cedar
such as Eastern White Cedar or worse yet, untreated Pine or other unknown species due to their cheap cost. AND, when you do find
feeders manufacturer from Western Redcedar, they
WILL NOT match the premium grade lumber found in
all Hurley-Byrd feeders and their components.
Furthermore, the feeders shown throughout our website
are of the feeder's design. The lumber coloring will always be
different each and every time. Have no fear though, each
feeder is a true "thing-of-beauty" all unto itself.
There is simply no equal anywhere!