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Used a lot on the east coast where it's readily available for outdoor use. A softwood that resist rot and stains and paints better than cedar. I'm allergic to eastern red cedar but not cypress, so cypress is my go to lawn and garden wood. Last year, I replaced some 30 y/o redwood (hard to find here) shutters with cypress. I like cypress.
 

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It is a fairly soft wood (in addition to being a softwood) and can make some spectacular grain patterns in easily turned bowls.

I say that with a grain of salt however, because "cypress" includes something like 100+ different species and the characteristics can vary considerable. You need to know WHAT KIND of cypress you are talking about.
 
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