Vibrant Character With Knots and Streaks

White Cedar

White Cedar grows naturally across eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S, and is abundant in The Great North Woods of Minnesota.  It is a critical part of Native American culture and medicine.  It grows naturally in wet forests.  It's biggest challenge is how tasty it is to a large and hungry deer population, so it thrives best in areas with relatively fewer deer.  It has historic use as ribs of Birch bark canoes, and as planks for making wooden boats/canoes. 

MTM offers a wide variety of White Cedar products, including Shingles,  Decking, Siding, Paneling, Shiplap, Sauna paneling and benches, Trim, and Canoe lumber.  A limited amount of Select (few knots) is available, typically for canoe/boat planks.  Select is available in narrow widths for Paneling.  The most common grades are Premium and Rustic.  Rustic paneling is a cost effective and excellent closet lining.  With our Prefinishing, Rustic Paneling is excellent for exposed applications also, displaying vibrant character of knots and streaks.  This is truly a North Woods gem.

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Grades of Wood


Elegant selection with consistent grain, minimal small knots, and overall smooth character.  Excellent choice for a more refined look.


Varying amounts of excellent tight characteristics including medium size knots, streaks, bark pockets, and grain variation.  This grade is excellent for a higher character look than Select, but not entirely Rustic either.


This exciting grade provides the highest degree of character, with a wide range of knot sizes, streaks, a few holes and torn knots, and occasional heavy bark deposits.  Rustic grade can appear a bit "loose" when unfinished, but with Prefinish applied the character holds together beautifully and really pops.  This grade continues to grow in popularity, even in high end applications.

MTM is able to mix the grades in any combination to give you the exact look you are after.  Some species (such as Elm) are limited in quantity and are only offered as a full mix of grades.  A few species are unavailable in Select grade due to the natural characteristics of the tree (Tamarack).