Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

 
 
 
 

Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

 

Family - Pinaceae
Distribution - Canada and United States
Other Names: Black spruce, Californian coast spruce, Menzies spruce, Silk spruce, Silver spruce, Tideland spruce, Western spruce, Yellow spruce.
Characteristics: There is little difference in colour between the sapwood and heartwood, generally being a creamy white, but the heartwood usually has a pinkish tinge. It usually has a straight grain, but occasionally this may be spiral. The texture is medium. The timber is non-resinous and light in weight, about 450 kg/m3 when dried.
Working Qualities: It is easily worked and finishes very cleanly. It can be nailed, screwed, glued, stained, polished and painted satisfactorily.
Uses: Gliders, sail-planes, oars and racing sculls, internal joinery, building and decorative boxes.

 
 
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