Drats, I hope your wrong about Cypress wood. I just received my order from Rossman for two cypress 8 frame hives and a NUC. Since I only have a few hives I sprang for the select cypress after reading everyone raving about how great cypress wood is. I put some clear wood sealant/clearcoat on them as it rains allot where I live. They turned out beautiful and hopefully they don't warp to bad. I have had white pine warp on me also. That said white pine has been the industry choice forever. Its cheap and durable as long as you paint or seal it. I could buy two commercial grade pine hives for what I paid for one cypress select.