Why Use Juniper Wood for Your Projects?

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Juniper WoodJuniper wood is the wood of choice among taxidermists. But why do most of them choose to use juniper wood? The answer isn’t just that it looks better, but it is much more complex than that. Juniper wood has a number of unique characteristics that allow it to stand up to the elements better, and thus it can take on a variety of different forms and uses. Here are just a few.






Juniper Wood is Naturally Rot Resistant

Most wood will get wet, and then it will start to rot. As the juniper wood grows, it forms natural chemicals inside of it that prevent the wood from rotting away. This means that landscapers, and those who are building furniture for outdoor use, love to use juniper wood because it simply will last a lot longer than other types of wood that can be used.


Juniper Wood is Naturally Insect Resistant

While the tree grows, it produces a formaldehyde type substance inside of it. This means that living creatures cannot eat the wood and survive. One of the biggest ways that wood breaks down over time is through the destruction of insects. Little creatures bore holes into the wood causing water to get inside. The wet environment produces bacteria that gnaw away at the cellular structure of the wood. In the end it just crumbles away. Since juniper wood has formaldehyde in it, nothing survives and all that can break down the wood is the natural expansion and contraction of moisture.


Juniper Wood is Naturally Twisted and Unique

Drift9Trees like the ponderosa pine grow quickly and just about straight up. Trees like the juniper tree grow slowly, incorporating a lot of twists and turns as they are blasted by harsh elements. The result is that juniper wood has twists and turns in it that help provide a unique look to it. These can then easily be incorporated into taxidermy mounts, landscaping features, or woodworking products.


Juniper Wood has Amazing Grain Patterns

DSCN2722When you cut into a piece of juniper wood the first thing you will notice is the radiant reddish hues. You will also notice that the grain is tight and intricate. Working with juniper wood is an amazing experience because you never know what will happen until you really get into the wood. If you are a woodworker, then I highly suggest testing your skills with juniper wood to craft an amazing and unique piece.




I could go on and on, but you get the point that juniper wood is a fantastic resource that you can use in your taxidermy mounts, landscaping endeavors, or woodworking adventures. I have a huge supply of juniper wood, and I can deliver (depending on your location). Contact me to see if what I have will help suit your needs for taxidermy supplies, landscaping supplies, or woodworking supplies.

5 Responses

  1. Travis

    Wondering if you ship wood to taxidermists or if you only deliver? I am located in Park Falls, WI. Also, what prices do you have on your pieces?
    Thanks, Travis

    • Scott

      Hey Travis,

      Sorry for the late reply.

      Yes, I do ship the driftwood. Cost per piece varies depending on how many you need and how big of pieces, etc. I’ll email you.

  2. Jessica

    Hi πŸ™‚
    I’m looking to buy a few pieces of your twisted juniper. Preferably cut/dried/project ready. I’m by Bozeman and could pickup.
    Thank you
    Ps. I also left a voicemail πŸ˜‰

  3. Steve Z

    So I decided to leave the ‘stumps’ and branches of our burned-out junipers, and blasted them with a pressure washer to get all the bark off. The plan is to leave them in place, put topsoil around them, then plant flowers and decorative grasses around them. The wood is beautiful and I am wondering how well it will keep it’s color, etc. Should I clear-cote it, or use linseed? It actually has some burnt areas on it that look great too.

  4. Josiah S Salyer

    Thanks for the detailed understanding of Juniper wood. You really helped me grasp a deeper understanding of bibliscripture in relation to Juniper wood.
    see translation…

    “In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and juniper logs he wanted, and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year.” 1 Kings 5:10-11


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