Cedar is “a genus of coniferous trees in the plant family Pinaceae.” Wikipedia. It is a soft reddish color wood characterized by knots throughout.

I was laboriously removing the bark, "popping" it off in sections. Then my friend offered a better way and voila...no more bark. Yay!
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Rough cedar log
Check out this beauty of a cedar log, will you? It's roughly four feet long. I didn't want to work with that length so I decided to cut it in half. By hand.
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