Port Orford Cedar shafts
The history of Port Orford Cedar wood (Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana) predates man in North America by tens of thousands of years. Port Orford Cedar is a false cedar and is believed to have descended from the Japanese Hinoki Tree, which is highly valued in Japan. Seeds were adrift on the Japanese current and they landed in an area of the southern Oregon coast. As they took root and began to flourish they spread inland about eighty miles, south and north about fifty miles.
POC have been prized for it‘s straight grain and aromatic scent. The wood is also extremely resistant to insects and decay, it has been used for many things including: battery separators, mill work, boats, railroad ties and for the finest wood archery arrow shafts because of it’s strength and straight grain. The Port Orford Cedar trees used for shafts are all down trees that have been dead for up to hundreds of years; some were killed in ancient forest fires, some are uncovered from the construction of new cranberry bogs where they have been buried for many years, some are from incidental logging operations where the logs are salvaged. Port Orford Cedar has been the wood of choice for many traditional archers.
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