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