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#1 posted 02-27-2011 03:29 AM

Heart pine does have a pink to reddish tint to it most times. It has a VERY tight grain as compared to any new pine you’ll buy today. Antique heart pine, as most know it, is from trees that were cut over a hundred years ago when pine trees were actually big enough to allow for an entire board to be produced from the tight grained heart of the tree.
A common mistake some make when getting antique heart pine though is the assumption that all hundred year old or older pine is heart pine. This is a marketing strategy that has pulled many people in. A hundred years ago, heart pine was valuable then too, for it’s insect resistant properties. Antique heart pine simply came from the heart of the tree back when there was enough heart to make it worth getting. If you run across antique pine that is light in color, similar to modern lumber, then it is simply antique sap pine, and is no more valuable (maybe even less so) than wood that can be bought at your local big box store.


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