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Reclaimed Heart Pine Veneer Sheets – 4′ x 12′ – Rustic and Random Match
Reclaimed Heart Pine Veneer
Our Reclaimed Heart Pine veneer among the most beautiful and distinctive woods in the world. In the 1700s and 1800s vast tracks of southern land were clear cut along river banks, then rafted downstream to sawmills. Longleaf Pine trees grow very slowly, taking 200-500 years to mature. These ancient trees were almost all tight grained wood, better known as “heartwood”.
Today, less than 5,000 acres of the once 89-95 million acres of virgin growth- Longleaf Pine trees remain. We consider the logs recovered from riverbeds and swamps to be sunken treasures. The logs have been preserved for centuries by cool water, allowing the heavy, dense “heart” to remain in perfect condition.
The heavy logs were pulled by oxen or horses to nearby rivers, where they were lashed together to form makeshift floating rafts. Occasionally the denser, better logs got away, becoming “sinker logs”, and finding their way to an oxygen-free river resting place. There they have waited peacefully, in pristine condition, for more than a century. Most of the river recovered logs have axe cut ends. Many river logs have “cat faces” or marks where the tree was scraped to collect oleoresin for making turpentine.
River Washed, Axe Cut, Barnacle ridden Heart Pine Logs selected for veneer
There are many difference between antique heart pine and “new heart pine”. The U.S. Forestry Service classifies any tree under 200 years old as “new heart”. Because trees from America’s first forest took much longer to grow, growth rings are much tighter, making stronger and more attractive wood. Our heart pine comes from trees between 200 and 500 years old.
Horizontal application, book matched with sap still in
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