There’s something about the texture, warm hue and distinctive grain of heart pine that just makes you want to run your hand over the wood. Yes, it’s a yellow pine, but don’t confuse it with the yellow pine you’ll find at the lumberyard, often tinged pressure-treatment green. Heart pine is the heartwood of the longleaf pine tree (Pinus palustris), which is no longer harvested for commercial use and is now primarily available only as reclaimed lumber. The lumberyard stuff is slash pine (Pinus elliottii), loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) or less often, shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata).
any East Coast woodworker about their experience with mesquite (Prosopis
julifora), and it’s likely to involve a grill and a choice cut of meat. On the
other hand, furnituremakers and turners throughout the Southwest know that
within this small, twisted, thorny tree lies more than a potential pile of