Cedar and Fir for a Cabin in the Woods

One of the greatest joys of helping people with specialty building materials is working with our customers and guiding them to products that help them build their dream home.  Located on scenic Guemes Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, this Pacific Northwest style custom home is nearing completion.

Clad with our hand-split Western Red Cedar shakes, this “cabin in the woods” shows excellent craftsmanship with thoughtful and creative touches, inside as well as out.  Used for many years in the Pacific Northwest, our Western Red Cedar shakes will provide many years of carefree service for this home’s exterior.

western red cedar shakes and knotty cedar soffit

Western Red cedar shakes and soffit

western red cedar shakes used as exterior cladding is perfect for any cabin in the woods

The interior is clad with Douglas Fir tongue and groove, which adds to the feeling of being right at home in the trees on this secluded island, which is only accessible by boat or ferry.

clear vertical grain douglas fir for interior paneling and trim

douglas fir interior paneling is perfect for this cabin in the woods

Douglas Fir Interior wood paneling

A special “Thank You” to the Casey family for allowing us to participate in your project and for sharing these fantastic photos!  So beautiful!

customer testimonial from Jim Casey about Cedar Country Lumber

Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We specialize in providing customers all over the United States with Pacific Northwest, coastal grown Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar, and Douglas Fir building materials.

We ship nationwide!



950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

Western Red Cedar Shakes – Grades and Definitions

Used for many centuries in the Pacific Northwest due to the abundance of material, Western Red Cedar Shakes have stood the test of time.  Prized for their proven reliability, resistance to rot and decay, and rustic beauty that no human-made product can duplicate, Western Red Cedar Shakes are an extremely popular choice for today’s construction projects all over the world, including those built using Green Building techniques.

Western Red Cedar Being Harvested for Cedar Shakes

Building products made from natural wood have been proven to provide the highest insulation value (thus saving the consumer money on electricity), use less energy to produce, and are manufactured from totally renewable resources. In addition, when the life cycle of wood building materials are complete, they can be easily and safely disposed of. Read More  HERE

Shakes are made from splitting blocks, rather than sawing, and are used on roofs as well as sidewalls. At Cedar Country Lumber, we offer two main types Western Red Cedar Shakes in either 18” or 24” lengths from mills that meet Certi-Label quality control standards

  • Hand split & Resawn
  • TapersawnWestern Red Cedar Shakes

Hand-split & Re-sawn Western Red Cedar Shakes have a split face with a sawn back and are available in ½” (“mediums”) or ¾” (“heavy”) thickness with a naturally rustic appearance.

Taper-sawn Western Red Cedar Shakes are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured look, though not as precise as what is commonly found on shingles. Taper-sawn shakes are thicker than common shingles, which produces a thicker shadow line.   Our taper-sawn shakes are available in 5/8”, 3/4”, and 7/8” thicknesses.

If desired, our Western Red Cedar Shakes are available with pressure-impregnated fire retardant or preservative treatment, as well as custom cuts and finishes. Complementing hip and ridge cap is also available for your Western Red Cedar roofing project.

Western Red Cedar Roofing Shakes by Teal Cedar

For care and maintenance information for your Western Red Cedar Shakes and Shingles, please click HERE

Before your next project, be sure to visit us ~ We ship nationwide!


ph  360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233