Frequently Asked Questions
My hive has different coloured woods, is it made entirely of western red cedar?
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We decided to use western red cedar as it is a beautiful timber with a remarkably fine and stable grain structure. It has unique fine grain characteristics that minimises shrinkage and swelling, along with being a hard-wearing softwood.
The colour variation of the grain is cedar's most distinguishing feature and makes it highly sought after as a material for feature joinery. Visually, western red cedar is favoured for its rich and inviting colours. The colour ranges from a yellowish white colour, to pale brown through to a richer dark brown. It has a fine texture and straight grain with growth rings often visible.
Sometimes this will make our hive bodies and supers appear to be made from different woods, we can confirm that this is normal.
Cedar also has built-in natural preservatives that provide resistance to borers, termites, rot and fungus growth. Its lack of pitch and gum veins allow cedar to readily accept semi-clear and clear finishes, which will accentuate its natural colour variations.