CalCedar has been a reliable supplier of high quality products to the wood-cased pencil industry for over 90 years

California Cedar Products Company is the world’s leading supplier of wooden slats used in the production of wood-cased pencils. Pencil manufacturers around the globe rely upon us to meet their wood supply needs in producing many of the world’s most important pencil brands.  From our premium CalCedar® brand Incense-cedar slats used in top quality writing, art and cosmetic pencils to a selection of alternate species options in our EcoSlat® Pacific Albus® & EcoSlat® Basswood product ranges, we offer a reliable and consistent supply of pencil slat products.


Wood-casings are generally the most expensive raw material component of finished pencils. Thus reliable supply, management of wood cost and technical performance throughout the manufacturing chain to the pencil’s final sharpening and end use is a critical component of competitiveness. California Cedar Products has nearly 100 years of slat industry wood supply relationships and technical leadership developing the most advanced manufacturing processes and supply chain, including:

  • Integrative wood supply relationships and technical process knowledge from forest management, to the sawmills, and on through slat and pencil manufacturing assure the optimization of wood species selection, processing and technical product performance characteristics.
  • The world’s most labor efficient and accurate thin-kerf circular sawing and saw maintenance systems used in slat production
  • Most accurate and consistent slat grade standards and performance in the industry
  • Our proprietary wood treatment and drying process assures smooth finishing and sharpening of the pencils as well as offering the highest standards of dimensional stability and product safety performance
  • Efficient automated final quality inspection and packing systems that assure accurate and consistent tolerances on product dimensions and moisture content
  • Our comprehensive Total Quality Management program throughout our wood sourcing and manufacturing processes set the standard

California Cedar Products Company produces all pencil slats in our slat manufacturing facility located at our wholly owned subsidiary company Tianjin Custom Wood Processing, Co. Ltd, based in Tianjin, China.  With almost 100 years wood supply and production expertise in U.S. West Coast forest regions plus nearly 20 years wood supply and manufacturing experience in China, Cal Cedar’s highly qualified management team and work force, state of the art production facilities and extensive focus on continuous improvement help to assure our long term stability as the pencil slat industry leader.