Heart Pine (Pinus palustris)
Longleaf Lumber sells reclaimed Heart Pine wood flooring expertly milled in six different grades in Boston and internationally.
Heart Pine is our cornerstone product and our favorite wood to work with. Unmatched in depth of color and tone, our antique Heart Pine is available in six grades, ranging from delicate, refined lines and quartersawn elegance to the post-industrial knot and nail-hole-ridden visual landscape of our Naily Buckshot (when available) and #3 grades. Our grading system is calculated for accurate matching of existing floors and consistent aesthetics in new surfaces. Reclaimed Heart Pine floors improve with exposure to sunlight, becoming richer in warmth and hue. Heart Pine is sometimes called Longleaf Pine, Southern Yellow Pine, and Yellow Pine.
Once regaling North America’s southeastern savannah in expansive groves, the standing timber has long been romanticized by writers, naturalists, and woodworkers alike. Decimated at the turn of the century by irresponsible harvesting practices, the species’ strength, stability, and density made it a favorite among builders during the Industrial Revolution. Today, the lumber is reclaimed from Industrial Revolution buildings, linking homeowners, restaurateurs, and others with American antiquity, industrial ingenuity, and contemporary values of conservation and responsible, green building.