Bark & Rock

Cedar Aromatic Red

Where: Eastern North America

Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana

Aromatic Cedar, also known as Eastern Red Cedar, isn’t in fact a cedar but a juniper, its name having arisen from its first discovery in its native territory of Eastern North America, most notably Virginia. At the time it was described as a magnificent cedar and somehow this name has stuck.

Aromatic Cedar’s heartwood ranges from reddish through to brownish purple. The sapwood is paler and tinged with rich yellows which create an abstract stripe effect through the heartwood, embellished by attractive knotted areas.

As its name suggests this wood is best known for its distinctive scent which acts as an excellent repellent to insects and to moths in particular. It is also highly resistant to decay.

Aromatic Cedar wood is commonly used for furniture, especially cupboards for storing clothes and textiles. It used to be the main source of wood for pencils and is also often used for bows, as in bows and arrows.


Our natural and recycled wood collections include hand crafted refillable notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, guest/visitors books and slip cases. Each wood and stone book is individually made to order in our studio workshop in the UK.

Bark & Rock stocks over 40 types of wood veneer from 6 continents.

Your Bark & Rock product is unique! Our wood veneers are sourced from different areas of the world and are also created using different sections of each tree. Depending on the species veneers can incorporate various features and patterns, including highly sought after burr wood motifs. Veneer production also includes different processes such as crown, quarter and rotary cuts to create various finishes. Each of these methods reveals fine layers of beauty unique to a given species and tree. Some of our finest veneers can be found in our wonderful figure and pommele grain designs. Check our Glossary for more information.

Working with wood veneer means that we can highlight nature’s extraordinary range of organic patterns in a more environment friendly way: 1 cubic metre of planked timber yields 20m² of usable wood whilst 1 cubic metre of veneer delivers 900m² of usable wood giving each tree the optimum yield. Wood is in itself renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Within our production process we also make every effort to avoid waste and to use non-toxic finishes.

Please note: since wood is a natural product, your Bark & Rock notebook truly is unique and is likely to differ in both pattern and shade from the photographs on our website. These are designed to be indicative of a given type of wood in general.


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