The sense of smell, for many, conjures up memories and leaves you yearning for more. Once again, wood does not dumb anyone's sense of smell down. There is no doubt that wood is a very sensory experience. And even the olfactory sense is not left out. Imagine
taking a walk through the forest in the springtime or trudging through crunchy leaves in the autumn months, taking in the scents of the coming winter.
Even long after a tree has been cut down, scents reminiscent of its life remains engrained within the wood. And there are a wide variety of scents. Many woods have an odor of their own, and smell the strongest when first cut or green. Some woods are even so distinct that a trained nose can determine which wood they are smelling without even looking.
Dry wood can be very aromatic also, even as aromatic as a bouquet of roses in some cases. But nothing fills the air more with scent than sawing an adequately dried piece of wood.
If you are looking for a spicy scent, try slicing into a piece of Spanish cedar which would make an ideal for closets keeping moisture out and a nice cedar fragance in and is a traditional wood for lining humidors. Yellow cedar has a unique spicy scent as well, enchanting any tree lover who gets to smell it.
There is the other side of the spectrum, though. Many woods have a scent that can be, well, less than inviting. Some woodworkers even refuse to work with them. Obviously, most woodworkers are not in their craft for the smell, but if you do want to work with a wood that smells great, try working with sassafras. Sassafras boasts a very sweet yet tangy scent that makes some craftsmen want to hand-plane just to catch a whiff of the scent.