5 Popular Types of Casket Wood

People have used wood to bury the dead since the beginning of civilization. It is inexpensive and readily available. It is the best alternative for those seeking natural solutions and who appreciate the natural beauty and personality of the wood.

Although all wooden caskets are made of wood, there is a surprising amount of variation in the types of casket wood. They range from hardwood to softwood. However, they all offer a classic, traditional appearance. The difference in wood determines the casket prices. Hardwood caskets tend to be costlier than ordinary wooden caskets.

See more popular types of casket woods below.

Pine Casket Wood

Pinewood is a substantial softwood with a relatively high extensive strength, density, and bending resistance. However, it is essential to know the types of pines when looking for pine wood items. There are two types of pine trees, soft pine, which has a low density and even grain, and hard pine, which is hard and dense, but with an uneven grain.

Hard pine wood is yellow and has a higher density, making it harder, while soft pine wood is white with low density and fine texture. Whether soft or hard, pinewood is an excellent raw material for producing quality and durable caskets.

Lancaster Casket Wood

An example of Lancaster wood is mahogany, a hardwood primarily found in North America with many purposes and applications. It is exceptionally durable and resistant wood, with an attractive wood grain look. Many casket sellers highly prefer it due to its control over shrinking and warping.

Mahogany wood is the most preferred for caskets because it comes in uniform color and is resistant to rot. It is water-resistant and holds paints and polishes well. Although Lancaster mahogany is hardwood, it is easy to work with, making it ideal for caskets.

The Jasper Cedar

Jasper cedar is the most durable hardwood found in northern America. Its natural resistance to deterioration makes it best for the construction of caskets. It is light in weight with a uniform texture, straight grain, and does not contain resin. Although it is hardwood, jasper cedar wood is feasible and can hold paint.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for a casket, a jasper cedarwood casket would be a good choice. It has an excellent insulating value and distinctive finishing properties. It also has excellent dimensional stability due to its low density and low shrinkage factor. Additionally, jasper cedar wood is highly resistant to decay, making it naturally durable.

 Oak Wood

There are hundreds of varieties of oak trees that grow in the northern hemisphere that produce the best types of oak wood. Oakwood is a type of hardwood that has many uses, including caskets.

As a hardwood, Oakwood is water-resistant and highly durable. It contains a high proportion of tannin, which makes it resistant to attacks by insects and fungi. These properties of Oakwood make it ideal for the construction of caskets.

Artisan wood Casket

Artisan wood caskets are made from Poplar wood, a hardwood, but it is not very hard like other hardwoods such as mahogany. Poplar is among the most commercially used hardwoods. It is easy to cut and nail because of its uniform grain pattern.

Poplar wood is readily available and most preferred where natural wood appearance is essential. It is an ideal option for casket construction because it is workable, and it does not need painting where the buyer requires a natural wood appearance.

To Wind Up

When selecting wooden caskets, you will have multiple choices; if you are looking for a cost-effective wooden casket or prefer a luxurious one, there is something for everyone.

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