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Western Red Cedar No.2 Clear & Better Sawn Timber 7/8 x 6"

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Sawn boards sold individually intended for further processing.

At a glance

  • Silva Select No.2 Clear & Better Grade
  • 7/8 x 6" boards (22 x 152mm)
  • Exclusively coastal grown, kiln dried Western Red Cedar
  • Sawn boards for further processing or machining into profiles
  • PEFC certified

The highest quality No.2 Clear & Better Grade Cedar in the UK

As one of the UK's largest importers of Western Red Cedar, Silva Timber always has stocks of sawn timber available in a number of different sizes and grades. Whether you are a bespoke joinery shop or an industrial user, Silva Timber is geared up to efficiently service your requirement.

We are confident that we have the highest quality Western Red Cedar available in the UK market. Our material is coastal grown, primary sawmill production. It consistently exceeds official industry grading rules as set out in paragraph 401 of the PLIB’s “R”-List Export Grading Rules. Take a close look at the photographs and videos on our website, or better still come and see it for yourself - we're sure you'll be impressed.

Please note sawn boards are intended for further processing such as machining into profiles. Silva Timber are able to machine stock into custom profiles upon request. Contact us for further information. 

Square edged and rough sawn finish. Also appropriate for fencing, edging or used as boarding for sheds, barns, agricultural buildings etc depending on finish desired.

Silva's Western Red Cedar is renowned for its consistent high quality. As one of the UK’s leading importers of timber with over 15 years experience of supplying Cedar products to the UK market, you can rely on receiving a quality product on time, on grade, every time. Along with our high quality standards, you can be assured that the cedar you receive is coming from a well managed sustainable source.

Silva Select Kiln Dried No. 2 Clear Western Red Cedar is graded three times at the mill to ensure that it is the highest standard No. 2 Clear product available.  In addition to rigorous grading at the source it is inspected by Silva staff prior to leaving our warehouse to make sure that it meets our strict quality standards.

Silva’s grade of No. 2 Clear is sourced from one of the world’s largest and most respected primary producers of Western Red Cedar.  By buying direct from a primary sawmill we are able to guarantee quality and consistency.  Only premium fine grained, Coastal grown Western Red Cedar is used to produce Silva’s Select No. 2 Clear.  It is pre-graded in the sawmill, sized and graded in the planing mill and graded once again after the kiln drying process to ensure accurate sizing and grading.

Silva’s grades exceed R-List Grading Rules which sets us apart from our competitors.  Don't compromise your standards; insist on Silva Select No. 2 Clear Western Red Cedar.

Click here for more information on what to look out for when ordering timber.

Ordering Western Red Cedar can often prove challenging; different suppliers have differing quality standards.  Here are five reasons to specify Silva Select No. 2 Clear Western Red Cedar:

1.     Silva source from a primary sawmill to ensure quality and consistency.

Why?  A secondary sawmill buys logs on the open market from various sources whereas our supplier holds timber harvesting rights in certain areas of British Columbia which ensures a consistent and ongoing supply of logs.  Often a secondary sawmill has to make the logs they buy meet the grade whereas our supplier will only use logs that meet or exceed the respective grade.  If the log is not suitable for the grade they are cutting for they will use it to produce a lower grade item elsewhere.

2. Silva Timber only buys coastal grown Western Red Cedar.

Why?  When you think of Western Red Cedar you think of rich coloured, tight grained timber with a lovely scent and luxurious appearance.  The coastal region of British Columbia offers a product richer in colour and tighter grained than that produced from interior Western Red Cedar, providing unrivalled beauty and maximum stability. 

3.     Silva’s No. 2 Clear Western Red Cedar is kiln dried at source.

Why?  Silva’s No. 2 Clear is kiln dried at source in state of the art kilns by experts in the drying of this unique species.   Modern dry kilns allow tight control of air flow, temperature and humidity so that all the timber dries uniformly and to the precise moisture content required.  Kiln-dried Western Red Cedar can be machined to a superior finish and therefore problems such as raised grain are virtually eliminated. 

Kiln dried timber can usually be installed immediately upon delivery to site which means that you don’t need to have expensive timber lying around acclimatising.  Kiln dried timber is also suitable for finishing immediately with a paint or stain which means that the wood can be protected without delay. Click here to find out more about the advantages of buying kiln dried Western Red Cedar.

4.     Silva’s No. 2 Clear exceeds grading rules

Why?  We could offer a cheaper product but we prefer to keep our quality level high which in turn keeps our customers happy .  Our product is 100% No. 2 clear. We will only mix grades if specifically requested to do by a customer.  Clear Western Red Cedar is often sold as an 80% / 20% mix of No. 2 Clear and No. 4 Clear respectively.  We can supply this or any other mix of these grades in sawn boards, standard profiles or custom profiles.

5.     Silva’s No. 2 Clear is PEFC certified

Silva’s Select No. 2 Clear Western Red Cedar is PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) chain of custody certified.  This means that all entities in the supply chain from the harvester to Silva Timber must possess a PEFC chain of custody certificate.  This means that a specific product can be followed from its certified forest source through processing and marketing channels to the end user.  PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification umbrella organisation supporting sustainable forest management globally through assessment and endorsement of national forest certification schemes.

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Watch Silva Timber demonstrate the quality of Select No.2 Clear & Better Grade Western Red Cedar in this unpacking video. This pack has been machined into a cladding profile however it is representative of the grade found in our sawn product.

What to expect from timber products

When working with timber it should be expected that although ‘on-grade’, occasional boards may have minor imperfections that will require ‘working’ if you wish to eliminate. Examples include raised grain, small splits, minor handling marks, sticker marks etc – all of which can easily be remedied by trimming, gluing or sanding. In most cases imperfections can be removed with very little effort, and the small amount of off cuts generated as a result will be absorbed in the normal cutting and selection allowance.


Western Red Cedar No. 2 Clear and Better

This particular product is produced from a sawn Western Red Cedar clear grade known as ‘No. 2 Clear and Better’. It is one of two grades - the other being ‘No. 4 Clear’- of sawn clear Western Red Cedar which are classified in accordance with the R-List Export Grading Rule Book published by the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau.

Silva Select No. 2 Clear & Better far exceeds the grading rules set out in the Export R-List Grading & Dressing Rules book. Usually with this grade you should expect some trimming and wastage; however with this product you will find very little. We have repeatedly been told by industrial users that this product is the best they have seen on the UK market.

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This product carries Programme for the Endorsement of Forest  Certification  (PEFC)

The PEFC Council is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.

PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its  eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

Silva Timber meets the requirements for PEFC Chain of Custody within the BM TRADA Certification Limited Scheme for TRADA - Trak chain of custody certification.

Certificate number: BMT-PEFC-0319

Western Red Cedar is the ultimate green building material. It is legally, responsibly and sustainably harvested in the publicly managed forests of British Columbia, Canada. Less than 1% of standing timber is harvested each year.

For each tree harvested, three are replanted to ensure the forests will exist in perpetuity. Western Red Cedar has a low impact on the environment throughout its life cycle. It requires significantly less energy to produce than man-made alternatives and is bio-degradable.


  • FSC
  • PEFC
  • Trada member
  • Responsible purchaser
  • Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau
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