Bodies of Water: Cypress timbers were lost in a number of different types of water. Some were displaced into ponds or sloughs where the water was heavily silted and fairly stagnant. Others were lost in medium to large-sized rivers where currents constantly moved water, minerals, and tannins across the wood’s surface. Over time, these differences produce color variations that can be seen in much of the recovered wood.
Length of Submersion: The amount of time underwater also affects the wood’s appearance. Logs submerged for longer periods were usually exposed to more color-influencing minerals and tannins than more recently displaced logs. This factor often produces color differences in recovered timbers.
Type of Terrain: Cypresses that grew in watery regions and swamps tended to originally have richer, darker colored wood than trees growing in dryer, upland areas. This initial color difference was often retained while the log was submerged, and can be seen once the logs are harvested.
These and other environmental factors have produced the tremendous array of colors now available in recovered cypress wood products. From a deep rich, reddish gold to an olive-green tint, there is truly a color for every taste and purpose. This makes the wood an ideal choice for those wishing to create an exterior or interior look that’s uniquely theirs.