Eastern White Pine
Eastern White Pine has always been a highly desirable wood. Historically, the extraordinarily wide planks it produced were incredibly beautiful and often used in New England Homes for paneling, floors and even furniture. Freshly cut, Eastern White Pine is a creamy white or a pale straw color, but after the wood has aged with exposure to ultraviolet light, it tends to darken to a deep rich honey color. Eastern White Pine floors are one of the widest engineered floors we produce. And, these planks break all the rules. Our unique construction makes them super stable and suitable for floating installations up to 18” in width, even over radiant heat or concrete.
Eastern White Pine was the undisputed King of the northeastern woods. It is said to have reached heights of 240 feet and diameters of 5 to 8 feet prior to European colonization. These trees were much larger than anything left standing in Europe and early settlers in New England marveled at their size. In 1605, George Weymouth, a Captain in the British Royal Navy, recognized the potential value of these tall, straight pines for making ship masts for the Crown. England was desperate for a source of good mast wood for her ships because her own lands had been almost entirely deforested. The combination of its light weight and strength made the newly discovered Eastern White Pine the perfect choice.
It didn`t take long for the colonist in New England to realize the commercial value of their massive pines, both as mast wood and as raw lumber. Consequently, the first English lumber mill was built and put into service in York, Maine in the year 1623. The vast virgin forest had become a gold mine for New England almost overnight. Many fortunes were made on Eastern White Pine. Everything was made from it, even the ships that ferried the lumber. By the dawning of the 17th century, Eastern White Pine had achieved singular economic importance in New England. And, that economy continued for almost 100 years. However, by the turn of the nineteenth century, virtually all virgin stands of Eastern White Pine were gone.