Strikingly beautiful and surprisingly affordable, Eastern White Pine is highly regarded in the building industry for projects that require a high quality appearance, durability, and stability.
Eastern White Pine performs extraordinarily well when compared to other pine species like Southern Yellow Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine, and Western White Pine. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wood Products Laboratory, it has the least amount of radial shrinkage of any wood species used as an engineering material and is rated moderate in decay resistance. The low shrinkage rate means that log homes constructed of Eastern White Pine will be stronger and more durable.
White Pine heartwood is light brown in color, imbued sometimes with a slightly reddish hue, and is known for its straight grain and beautiful red knots. The uniform texture mills easily and holds finishes extremely well, making it an excellent choice for log home construction.
White Pine grows abundantly throughout North America and, when the trees are harvested from sustainable, “managed” forests, most are replaced with new seedlings. Historically used to create masts for England’s Royal Navy, today the species is one of the most common timbers used for log home construction in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.