Hi. I'm about to start my first kayak. I'm in the Chicago area and I've yet to find any clear (or at least reasonably so) WRC and no place has NWC... at least no store that I've been able to get to. At my local wood shop (Owl for those in the area) I checked out their WRC and it was very knotty. Looked at a bunch of other options and all seemed quite heavy by comparison. The backup choice of basswood wasn't too bad appearance and weight wise but then I found their Spanish Cedar. It is not a wood I had heard of before. The weight was similar to WRC and the color and grain were great and what knots I found were pretty much pin sized and would complement my design rather than be a hindrance. So, other then the fact it's a little pricey (but not out of my range) is there any reason I should not consider this wood? Google searches yielded that boat building is one of the known uses of this wood and there were recommendations to ensure your source is from a certified (FSC?) operation.
Too good to be true? or a decent find?