Pine, Lodgepole

Pine

Pine, Lodgepole

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Density in kg/m3

Pine

The Tree
In the eastern parts of its range, the tree is slender and reaches a height of 15m to 30m and a diameter of 0.5m, but on less favourable sites, mainly in western areas, the tree is much smaller.

The Timber
A pale yellowish-coloured timber, soft, straight-grained, with a fine, fairly even texture, weighing about 470 kg/m3 when dried. Although on account of its size it does not produce much high-grade timber, it yields a good grade of wood with small, tight knots.

Drying
Dries rapidly and well, with only slight distortion.

Strength
Similar to European redwood.

Working Qualities
Good - Works easily and finishes cleanly, but resin exudation may be troublesome. It has good nailing properties, can be glued and gives reasonable results with the usual finishing materials.

Latin Name
Pinus contorta

Also known as
lodgepole pine, contorta pine (UK)

Wood Type
Softwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Small

Texture
Fine

Origin
Canada, USA