Eastern Red Cedar Block ERC-324
2.5" x 2.5" x 8"
This is an end-grain block of Eastern Red Cedar. It is mostly the deep reddish-purple of Texas Cedar heartwood with a thin lens of sapwood along one edge. The grain pattern is strong and linear to gently swirling. In places, you can see intermixing of heart and sapwood that is characteristic of ERC.
This piece is very aromatic -- it smells wonderful! Typical of cedar, there are several branch knots present in the block. There is one small drying crack near the block's annotation (see photo for close-up). These knots and crack are small and not likely to cause challenge, though you may wish to stabilize with CA glue. There are a few scattered wood borer holes. The block is sealed with Anchor Seal and has been air-dried to ~12% moisture content. I see no significant cracks, checks, or flaws.