Virgin Longleaf Heart Pine

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Our Work – Virgin Longleaf Heart Pine

Heart Pine refers to the heartwood of the pine tree, which is the non-living center of the tree trunk. The heartwood from the pine tree, heart pine, is preferred by woodworkers and builders due to its strength, hardness and golden red coloration. These pine trees, 80 to 120 feet tall, require 100 to 150 years to become full size and can live up to 500 years. An inch of heart pine requires 30 years growth. The source of much of the available heart pine found on the market is longleaf pine from old buildings. Currently heart pine for building and woodworking is procured by reclaiming old lumber and recovering logs, felled pre-1900, from rivers.

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  • Heartwood is yellow after cutting.
  • Because of the high resin content it turns deep pinkish tan to warm reddish brown within weeks.
  • There are 8 to 40 growth rings per inch.


  • Vertical Grain

    • Pinstriped grain with few to no knots
    • 70-100% heart pine
    • Available in 1x4 only
  • #1 Grade

    • Small-type sound knots
    • 70-100% heart pine
    • Available in all widths
  • #2 Grade

    • Larger knots
    • 60-100% heart pine
    • Available in all widths
  • Dense, with high figuring.
  • Plainsawn is swirled.
  • Rift or quartersawn is primarily pinstriped.
  • Curly or burl grain is rare.

  • Moderate Color Variations within Species and Grades



  • 1x4, 1x6, 1x8, 1x10, 1x12


  • 8’, 10’, 12’, 14’, 16’


  • Natural resistance to insect infestation in heartwood.
  • 1225 Hardness (Janka)
  • Above Average Dimensional Stability

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