- Black locust: This type of wood is a dense material with a straight grain and a medium texture. Traditionally, black locust wood has been used in agricultural settings in order to create fences that are resistant to rot.
- Teak: Teak, which is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to outdoor construction, holds up well to damp and humid conditions. In addition, it has natural oils that make it resistant to infestation from insects.
- Ipe: Known for its density and its tropical origins, ipe is a favorite among people who are completing outdoor projects. Ipe has become increasingly popular in recent years for its ability to withstand all sorts of weather conditions. Overtime, it weathers to a light silver-gray color, which makes for beautiful projects. As with any wood you choose, it’s important to find out whether the ipe that you purchase has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as being sustainable.
- California redwood: This wood comes from sequoia trees, the world’s tallest tree species. Although the rarity of this material makes it both difficult to come by and expensive, it is a beautiful choice if you can get your hands on it. If you are able to find California redwood, it makes for aesthetically beautiful outdoor projects.
- Bald cypress: Bald cypress is native to the swamplands of the South, although it can also thrive in other climates if it is cared for properly. Generally, older growth cypress is favored for projects that require durability, since the younger trees are not as resistant to rot and decay. Bald cypress can be used for a variety of projects from deck building to boat construction. The wood is generally workable and its composition makes it excellent at holding glue and nails.
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