What is Thuya wood and where does it come from? 9 Facts to help explain…

Did you know?

1/ Thuya is a rare, shrubby conifer, indigenous to southern Morocco and especially the seaside town of Essaouira, in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, north west Africa.
Income here is generated either by fishing, or the sale of Thuya wood products and gifts which are created by highly-skilled carpenters and craftsmen.

Thuya wood artisans in Morocco

Thuya wood artisans in Morocco

2/ Thuya is pronounced…. Tweeya.

3/ Thuya wood is commonly seen as a cross between walnut and maple, with similar burrs. It is prized for its` strength, smoothness and wonderful aroma.

4/ Also known as Citron and historically called Thyine wood.

5/ Interestingly. the wood is harvested from burrs where the tree has been cut at the base to make new growth and from surface roots – NOT from the trunk or branches of the tree.

6/ Trees are typically 70 years old before they are cut.

7/ A pine scented oil is extracted from the resin and is used in aromatherapy and homeopathy.

8/ The Thuya tree is one of few that can re-grow after being cut down to the trunk, thus maintaining sustainability and supported by a vigorous re-planting program.

9/ A Thuya wood box makes a truly unique gift as no two items are ever alike.

There you have it – a whistle-stop tour of Thuya wood and all it has to offer. Take a close look at Thuya wood products in the range and see the fabulous burrs first hand.

Thuya wood craftsmen in their workshop in Morocco

Thuya wood craftsmen in their workshop in Morocco

Thanks for reading my Blog post – Paul