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Cedrus libani

Cedrus libani of the family Pinaceae, native to Lebanon and a few other Mediterranean areas. The binomial name Cedrus libani has several synonyms, the most commonly seen of which is Pinus cedrus. Known both as Lebanon cedar and cedar of Lebanon, there are numerous other common names, but most are just foreign language representations of "Lebanon cedar" and "Cedar of Lebanon" and none of them appear to be used in the USA.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions

both sides of a sample plank of Lebanon cedar / Cedrus libani --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

quartersawn Lebanon cedar veneer --- a long piece and then a closeup of same. The color is more like the distance shot (a fairly lively tan with a hint of orange), not the more dull brown of the closeup.

quartersawn lebanon cedar sheets and a closeup

web pics:

Lebanon cedar planks

planks, all from the same vendor, listed as Lebanon cedar / Cedrus libani

planks and closeup --- the closeup has both levels of enlargement

planks and closeup --- the closeup has both levels of enlargement

Lebanon cedar turning block and end grain

Lebanon cedar bowl blanks

two views of some Lebanon cedar turning stock

bookmatched flat cut veneer

quartersawn veneer

Lebanon cedar veneer all from the same vendor

Lebanon cedar sheets --- closeups with both levels of enlargement --- color seems too pink to me, and that's typical of this vendor. The second pic shows some tiny ray flakes which can be seen clearly in the 2nd enlargement

bowl of Lebanon cedar

Lebanon cedar bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.

Lebanon cedar vase by Steve Earis with big enlargements available that REALLY show the grain