Heart pine was one of the most valuable building materials in the 19th century and continues to be. By the 1920s, every tree considered virgin-growth Longleaf pine had been logged. Since true old growth trees may have ring patterns that date 300- 500 years, younger generations of trees growing today may never arrive at the quality of antique heart pine.

Since Heart Pine always stood a few inches taller and broader than many other trees, wider widths and longer lengths may be more available for custom flooring than in other species, though random widths and random lengths will always achieve the highest yield and best repurpose of this vanishing natural resource.

Choose from 3 Distinct Styles and 4 Classic Grades

Carolina Classic

Massive beams can be sawn either horizontally or vertically to achieve either tight straight lines or arching, cathedral patterns. When planed, interior boards reveal various degrees of deep amber “heartwood” or blonde highlights between amber rays. Since heartwood and grain density are dependent on wood quality, we’ve refined and defined our Heart Pine Classic Grades into the 4 Categories below.

Museum quality Vertical Grain Vertical grain heart pine or quarter-sawn, is a premium saw cut creating straight lines on the plank flooring face. Original growth rings appear vertically on the edge of the board. This top wood flooring is at least 98% vertical grain, has few knots and the hardest surface.
Arching, Cathedral patterned Plain Sawn Also known as flat sawn, this grain is arching and has cathedral patterns also. The end of the board shows somewhat horizontal lines. With at least 98% heart content, this vintage wood flooring becomes richer and darker with each year. May have small tight knots, maybe a few small nail holes.
Economical Cabin Grade Handsome and economical, with rustic red and blonde coloration and perhaps some grey, has varied grains and grades. Some nail holes and possible large knots. Some boards will have high heart content with splits or cracks, knocking down its grade, but very useable. Order an additional 5 – 10%.
Rustic Nailey Grade This lively floor looks similar to wormy chestnut in appearance and contains no less than 80% heart content. There will be knots present and nail holes will range in size from 1/16″ to 1/4″. It’s a unique wood floor and is subject to availability.

Carolina Character

Sometimes called “ skip planed”, Carolina Character features hints of grain along with aged patina surfaces potent with unique character marks.

Carolina Craftsman

Combining the best of open-faced grain patterns planed below fresh circle-sawn marks, Carolina Craftsman is a true artisan created floor.

Why Heart Pine?

Heart pine flooring is prized for deep, rich, natural colors and gorgeous, unique grain patterns. With hardness similar to Oak, harvested from old buildings and barns and once used to build sailing ships, it is given a second life when it becomes reclaimed flooring. And –

  • It greatly increases the value of your home
  • It’s stable, durable and easy to maintain
  • It’s rich coloration is like no other wood in existence
  • It gets more beautiful with age
  • It’s a virgin heartwood which is now essentially extinct
  • It’s an environmentally green building material because no living trees have been cut down