Pinus strobus

Eastern White Pine has a bad reputation due to its ubiquitous use as construction material. However, Eastern White Pine is actually a very challenging wood to bring to a high degree of crispness and detail. This is because in order to attain crisp detail, softer woods require sharper tools. Also, from a historical perspective White Pine is a fascinating wood. During the 1600’s and 1700’s tall white pines with high quality wood were known as mast pines. Marked by agents of the English Crown in colonial America, these pines were marked with a broad arrow and they were reserved for the British Royal navy. During the American Revolution the rebellious colonists would make it a point to cut down and haul away as many of the king’s trees as possible.