Sinker cypress is one of the most beautiful and most sought after woods for furniture and construction. I've often been asked why...
Over a century ago in Louisiana, loggers were cutting down 700 year old cypress trees. The massive trees were cut and dropped into the water where they were sent down rivers and bayous to nearby sawmills...Not all of them made it.
The heaviest and densest of the logs sank to the bottom. The sunken logs were entombed in low oxygen river bottoms and sat there with little or no decay for over a hundred years, perfectly preserved.
An estimated 5 percent of the now-prized Louisiana Cypress harvested in the 18th and 19th centuries sank.
Salvage crews don diving gear and, in the murky conditions, feel around in the mud for the logs.
The tight, rich grain patterns and their massive size makes the logs especially prized among fine furniture and construction companies.