Tennessee Red Cedar, officially called Juniperus Virginiana, is “soft, red, fine-grained, fragrant, and decay-resistant, often used for fence posts.”
And as Musgrave fans already know, it was what our founder James Raford Musgrave originally used in our pencils. As our company history shares, Colonel Musgrave would swap old, dried-out fence boards from farmers for metal fencing, using the perfectly dried wood as pencil slats.
But fast-forward to the '60s and '70s — we phased out Tennessee Red Cedar and replaced it with the more abundant and easier to use California Incense Cedar. And while today Musgrave is able to work with a handful of different varieties of wood from all over the world, we had never worked with the original Tennessee Red Cedar until now!