Continuing our ongoing series of discovering the many ways the pine tree is positively affecting our lives, we’ve turned our sights to the numerous methods the tree is employed in the commercial industries. Easily workable by both hand and machine while being both sliceable and peelable, it’s a dream of a tree for every woodworker out there. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why it’s one of the most commercially widespread timbers out there.
Moldings & Carvings
Yes, the wooden carvings used to prettify and visually update every third hallway you’ve ever visited, more often than not, are made from pine tree wood. Be it a decorative plane or a curved strip used as a finishing for floor or ceiling, the heavy ornamentation it usually provides is something that the softwood nature of the pine facilitates more than any other tree in nature. Highly sought after amongst experienced craftsmen because of its soft, consistent texture and the subtle grain patterns, the pine tree seems to be made for moldings and trimmings.
Have you ever entered a house only to be blown away by an incredibly beautiful scent and the perfectly shiny surface of a pine wood floor? Well, at some point in your life, you probably will. Pine wood floors are a seal of thoroughness, craftsmanship, and expensive taste. Floors made from the pine tree have an instant impact as they can add distinct warmth to practically any place. Being significantly softer than any other hardwood floor, it is also one of the best looking ones. However, to acquire the look from interior design catalogs, you have to avoid using primed pine. Instead, you have to go for somewhat second-rate material, as the grain, knots, and defective textures will only add to the character.
Well, of course, this just had to be here. Making your furniture from pine trees is the easiest way of endowing your interior with a clear, rustic aesthetic. Considering how relatively inexpensive pine wood can be (even more so if it’s unfinished), it’s a popular choice for farm house-like rustic interiors and kid’s furniture. It is easily customizable (stain it, paint it) and is less likely to become unsightly as the years go by because the age-induced effects (visually appealing patina) will also add to the general aesthetic. Popular uses? Bookshelves, beds, nightstands, armoires, dressers, cabinets, and any other furnishing element that has the “cottage potential” so to speak. However, keep your eye on all of the previously mentioned defects, most notably the knots. Beautiful as they are, too many of them can make the piece too fragile. It also won’t do harm if you test the wood prior to actually employing it for your furnishings. A few taps with a mallet, and if the knot does not react, you’re safe to go.
The pine tree is a softwood, which means that it has longer fibers, and most of the paper pulp we’re eventually getting our paper from is made from it. With that said, paper pulp is not made from randomly selected pine trees. Instead, the whole procedure heavily relies on the use of adolescent pine trees. While not robust enough to be reworked into lumber, the pulp of an adolescent pine tree is perfect for making paper.
Canvas Stretcher Bars
With unrivaled rates of durability and stability across the whole softwood ecosystem as well as the general viability, pine trees are, of course, one the most suitable timbers for making canvas stretcher bars from. Found in 6 out of 7 continents (with the exception of Antarctica) and being a real survivor of a tree (with some of the breeds capable of a super quick re-population after devastating forest fires), it’s a quickly renewable, plentiful natural resource. In the case of canvas stretcher bars, it’s the quality of resilience that once again plays a major part. Made from the highest quality, A++, FSC certified (granted for using materials only from responsibly-kept forests) pine wood, it’s specially dried and kept in conditions that won’t let it worsen with age. Although slight changes might be possible, your canvas won’t experience critical changes in tension and definitely won’t warp.
Do We Even Deserve a Tree Like That?
Taking into account all of the benefits and advantages of the pine tree, one might be tempted to think that the tree is some kind of deus ex machina thing. Not only does it provide us with many of the basic utilities (in the fields of food, medicine, construction, and beauty industries), it also, as it turns out, contributes to the prevention of climate change. Recent studies have come up with the pretty plausible theory that the aerosol particles generated by pine trees are able to reflect sunlight back into space. Now, if this turns out to be true, there won’t be any hesitation in declaring the pine tree as the best tree on the planet.