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But it’s very dark in colour, very heavy, and hard to work. Can you help?
All the wood in the photos came from the same plank.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 10:57 PM

Looks like old SYP heart pine. Great stuff if it is. A lot of floors that were installed in the 1700’s are still in existence today.

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 11:07 PM

+1, I’d say old growth long leaf pine.

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 11:10 PM

I’d say Richard hit the trifecta. We cut all those down. Now they grow a pine called slash, most predominantly. It can come to harvest more quickly than long leaf pine.

The two pieces on the outside should be easier to work with that tight, quartersawn grain.

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 11:20 PM

Looks like old YELLA pine to me!

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#5 posted 05-22-2014 12:12 PM

Yep, that is exactly what it is.

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#6 posted 05-22-2014 09:28 PM

Thanks for your replies everyone, I found the timber in my parents in laws garage in England, it was up between the rafters and must have been up there for years. It was about inch and a quarter thick by nine and a half wide, the earlier photos I showed were taken indoors under artificial light, so I took the figured piece outside and took another snap of it. It’s definitely yellow down the left hand side.


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#8 posted 05-22-2014 10:19 PM

Do they have yellow pine in England? My impression was that their pine species was Scots pine. I’ve never used any but according to the wood-database its hardness looks to be pretty comparable to SYP (and a decent amount harder than Eastern White Pine). I suppose it’s possible that it made its way across the ocean.

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#9 posted 05-22-2014 10:20 PM

Yep, yellow pine.

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#10 posted 05-22-2014 11:01 PM

I’ve never heard of it being sold over here Jeremy, but my father in law was a pattern maker and in his later years took up turning and other woodworking pursuits, he used to go out to a place where they sold all sorts of timber including exotics, so I suppose he could have picked it up when out there. Anyway it’s heavy and hard and I’ll be using it as an apron around a knock down bench I’m building.
Just checked it out on Google and it is being sold over here now and they gave other names besides Yellow Pine as: American pitch pine, Gulf Coast pitch pine, long leaf pitch pine (UK, USA), southern pine (USA), long leaf pine, short leaf pine, loblolly pine.
I’m going to bed it’s midnight here goodnight all and thanks again.

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#11 posted 05-23-2014 12:26 AM

Yellow pine is not readily available in Canada either,but what we have which looks somewhat similar is Douglas fir ( aka:Oregon pine,Douglas pine),there’s a lumber yard near me that imports Yellow pine but the price is higher than Cherry.
Here’s a few pictures of Douglas fir:

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