Heart Pine Wide Plank Flooring
Familiarizing oneself with the qualities of heart pine requires a little knowledge about American history, traditional building practices, and silviculture. It’s well worth the effort, though, because it is a special wood.
Heart pine is actually the heartwood of the longleaf pine tree, a species that once covered almost 100 million acres of the southeastern United States. But the tree was harvested with wild abandon—its beautiful, slow-growth, dense wood was ideal for everything from ship’s masts, to the flooring in 18th and 19th-century homes, to the beams and timbers in industrial revolution era mills and factories—leaving its population decimated.
Family-owned and -operated Vermont Plank Flooring sources sustainably harvested heart pine from one of Alabama’s few remaining stands of slow-growth longleaf pines.
We’ll work directly with you as you choose the widths and finish that highlight the beauty of this durable wood while meeting your design criteria. And we’ll then hand-select and mill the planks specifically for your project, creating exquisite wide board flooring that will turn your home into a feast for the eyes.
Although pine is generally considered a softwood rather than a hardwood, heart pine is different. The longleaf pine’s secret is life in the slow lane, taking 200–400 years to reach maturity. That unhurried demeanor creates a heartwood with tight growth rings and strength, stability, and density on par with red oak or walnut. Freshly cut, heart pine possesses a yellowish hue, but over time its resin content pushes the coloring toward a pinkish tan or comfortable russet. The grain is dense with some figures, swirls, and cathedrals, and is punctuated by the occasional knot.
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