Heartpine is the finest lumber ever grown. Early American settlers discovered a vast forest over 95 million acres spanning from the Southern Atlantic shoreline to the Mississippi River. This forest grew trees four feet in diameter and up to 150 feet tall. These slow-growth heartwood pine trees matured in 400 to 500 years.
Longleaf Pine has been referred to as “heartpine” because of its unique characteristic–a large center of heart with very little surrounding sapwood. This heart portion is:
- Incredibly hard
- Unrivaled in beauty, strength and durability.
American colonists used heartwood pine lumber for every type of building purpose. Its strength made it suitable for industrial buildings, bridges, wharves, and railroad ties, while it beauty inspired furniture builders and cabinet makers. The keel of the USS Constitution is made from a single heartwood pine timber.
This desirable lumber was almost timbered to extinction by 1900. The vast virgin forest had vanished leaving only small isolated stands. Civilization had moved in and original conditions necessary for the trees to re-seed and flourish no longer existed. The magnificent forest was gone forever.
Fortunately, this unique wood still exists in the structural timber of America’s industrial factories and textile mills. Since 1982, Heartwood Pine Floors has located and saved many of these 200-year-old obsolete buildings slated for demolition. Careful and painstaking deconstruction reclaims the historic wood for a new life in today’s finest homes.
200 years of slow air drying has perfected the heartwood pine qualities of stability, hardness, and beauty. Aging allows resin to crystallize, which strengthens the wood, as well as allowing the wood to accept an oil finish in a unique way, giving it a deep luster that cannot be duplicated. A timeless treasure, heart pine wood is the most beautiful and elegant flooring available today.
From our premium quarter-sawn heart pine wood to our longleaf southern yellow pine, we truly have something to fit any home. Whether you choose unfinished or prefinished, each recycled antique lumber board you receive has been hand-restored and selected to bring you the finest product we know how to make. Get your free sample kit today to experience the true beauty that is our heartwood pine flooring!