Antique Heart Pine
The heart pine of the 19th and early 20th centuries was manufactured from “first growth” long-leaf pine trees which may have grown for up to 300 years. The enormous trees had extensive heartwood with smaller growth rings and today is considered to be a premium wood for flooring and other decorative building uses. The high concentrations of resins made the wood very heavy and resistant to aging or deterioration from dry-rot or infestations. Today, this antique wood is recovered from old barns, factories and other post and beam structures. The salvaged beams are the principal source of the antique flooring milled for Housatonic Hardwoods. When sawn into planks and milled into flooring, the primary areas exhibit the rich heart-red grain coloration, contrasted with modest areas of the yellow sapwood grain. There will be dark brown areas where natural light aging has darkened the outer surfaces of the old beams, and there will be some knots and occasional randomly-occurring nail holes — evidence of the past history of the wood.