alamo hardwoods | san antonio | sugar pine lumber millwork molding
Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana), is the largest of the American pine trees, often reaching 200 feet or taller. It also has cones that can be two feet long. It grows from Oregon down into Baja California.  Resin ducts are often visible in the wood of sugar pine, making it distinguishable from other light colored pines, like Ponderosa. The wood of the sugar pine is smooth and even textured, fairly soft. It is acceptable for furniture and cabinetry, but relatively soft for flooring. It has a more even texture than most softwoods, without overly distinct separations of the early growth and late growth wood. This makes sugar pine well suited for carving, compared to most other softwoods. The metal foundry industry was a large user of sugar pine, in place of more expensive carving woods, such as Honduras Mahogany, to make molds before casting metal parts. The wood blank would be carved to the shape of the piece of metal to be fabricated and then used to make sand castings.  
alamo hardwoods | san antonio | sugar pine lumber millwork molding
Sugar Pine

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Cones, Sugar Pine (top), Cypress (lower right)

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