Bayou Botany Boards were originally made of solid Spruce Pine wood.  You may have heard of Spruce Pine because some species are what we call Christmas trees.  These trees are found in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana.  This species of wood has many well-known uses; ranging from the manufacturing of paper to musical instruments and for building construction due to its qualities of smooth texture, long-fibers and strength. We chose to use Spruce Pine for several reasons.  Mainly because it’s a native species of wood that  has many small tight knot structures within close proximity that we like to call “character”.  Being a soft and low-density wood, it is light weight and easy to handle.  It will also float.  The strips are cut with the grain, so its elongated fibers give it the strength to support a great deal of weight.  With a little treatment, it’s very versatile for indoor or outdoor use.  Last but not least, it’s very affordable and that is always good for the consumer. But that is old stuff …


Today, we produce the Bayou Botany Board with LOUISIANA CYPRESS. It has all the qualities and characteristics of yellow pine and more. It has an average density or weight compared to pine, yet just as strong, and found right here in Louisiana. In addition to its tight knot structures is a honey hue wavy grain that really catches attention. These features are what give these boards a rustic and unique look, so that no two boards are identical. Best of all, Cypress is quality wood that is known to be rot and termite resistant.



Once the wood strips go through a tedious cutting process, they are thoroughly checked for natural splitting.  If the board passes our quality test, it is sanded down then treated with weather proofing and stain to increase its durability, strength and longevity.  The staining also enhances the character and texture of the wood.  Every now and then, we may come across a sap pocket in the finished product which is truly lagniappe ((lan-yap) a little extra given to the customer or unexpected bonus)) because you can’t get any more natural or rustic than that.

Weather proofing the boards once a year is recommended; to protect it from the elements and preserve its natural look.


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