Category Archives: Softwoods

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir’s heartwood is a light reddish-brown shade. Used in heavy construction work. Description Douglas Fir’s heartwood is a light reddish-brown shade, and the contrast between earlywood and latewood provides a prominent growth ring figure which shows as an abrupt colour contrast on plain sawn timber and rotary cut veneers. The timber is straight grained… Read More »

Hemlock

This species ranges from Alaska southward along the whole British Columbia coast, and is also found in the interior of British Columbia in certain areas of heavy rainfall. It extends into northern Washington, Idaho, and to the western slopes of the Cascades. Description Neither the tree nor the timber bears close similarity to eastern hemlock.… Read More »

Pitch Pine

Pitch Pine’s heartwood is orange to reddish-brown in colour. Used in heavy construction work. Description Pitch Pine’s heartwood is orange to reddish-brown in colour and resinous. The growth rings are clearly marked by the contrast between the light earlywood and darker, more dense latewood, giving a coarse texture, especially in rapid grown timber. The weight… Read More »

Siberian Larch

Pale red-brown to brick red in colour, with clearly marked annual rings. Used for doors, window frames and flooring. Description The resinous heartwood is pale red-brown to brick red in colour, with clearly marked annual rings. The wood is straight grained, contains knots, and has a fine uniform texture. Weight about 590 kg/m3 (37 lb/ft3);… Read More »

Southern Yellow Pine

White to yellowish sapwood, yellow to reddish-brown heartwood. High density gives it natural strength, weight and wearing resistance. Used for construction, furniture and joinery. Description The sapwood is narrow in the better grades, sometimes up to 50mm wide, lighter in colour than the heartwood which is yellowish-brown to reddish-brown. Both species are typical of the… Read More »

Thermowood

Thermowood is produced by steam heating premium quality pine sourced from Finland, making it ideally suited for use as an external cladding material. Description Thermowood is produced by steam heating premium quality pine sourced from Finland, to temperatures in excess of 212 centigrade. The heat penetrates to the core of the wood, driving out moisture… Read More »

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is straight grained with a colour maturing down to a reddish-brown and, in time, to silver-grey – this weathered appearance sometimes sought-after by architects. Description Western Red Cedar is straight grained, rather coarse textured, with a prominent growth ring figure and non-resinous. The timber’s heartwood shows considerable colour variation when fresh, from… Read More »