I was at a Timber Frame show and the guy presenting spoke that term in disgust while describing people who use big cedar timbers as accent points instead of a real Mortice and Tenon Timber Framed structure.
I thought “What a great idea!”
Large Cedar Lumber beams and timbers are often used where both the strength and the appearance of the exposed wood beams are importance especially in landscape, park and garden structures where weather resistance and natural wood look is desired.
Red Cedar Lumber has exceptional resistance to insects and decay, moderate strength, moderately soft, light in weight, completely non-resinous, works easily and is dimensionally stable with the lowest shrinkage of any North American Softwood species.
That plus its own natural preservative oils makes cedar lumber beams and timbers the perfect choice for your Pergola, Gazebo or Garden Arbor project.