Spanish Cypress might be more accurately called Mediterranean Cypress than Spanish, as it was introduced to Spain centuries ago from Asia Minor. Most flamenco makers prefer this traditional wood, but it's becoming scarce and expensive. It has been used since the 16th century for all kinds of musical instruments including lute ribs and harpsichord soundboards. Most of our Spanish Cypress comes out of Italy and Turkey.
Spanish Cypress has a creamy-yellowish color with occasional strong late growth lines. It can be a little difficult to bend, but works well overall. The 1st grade has even color and tight grain, and the 2nd grade has more color variations and wider grain.