Here is the forest of ancient times. The whispering pines and the great firs dressed in green and full of moss they rise in the twilight like the druids of old.Betty Smith, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, 1948
The pine tree, with its evergreen fronds and its long history on earth, embodies the strength of nature and environmental resilience. The structure of its roots allows it to retain water and limit soil leaching; for this reason it plays a crucial role in ecosystems and has shaped our history, our imagination and our relationship with our environment.
Pine wood, characteristics and curiosities
Pine wood is a material widely used in various sectors thanks to its peculiarities. It is a coniferous tree belonging to the Pinaceae family; there are over 90 species of pine, and each has slightly different characteristics. Here are some:
Color – It may vary from sapwood, from the characteristic white color that turns to pink or yellow, to reddish brown. The shade depends on the species and the geographical area in which it grows.
Medium Hardness – It’s not particularly hard compared to other wood species, in general it’s considered a medium hard wood. If it comes from continental climate areas it is more resistant and long-lasting.
Workability and dimensional stability – It’s easy to work thanks to its low density and rather uniform grain. It lends itself well to processing both with manual tools and with special machinery.
Multiple uses – Pine wood is used in a wide range of applications, including the construction of furniture, flooring, panels, window frames, beams and, of course, also frame rods and wall decoration products.
Pine wood frame rods
Pine wood frame rods are important components in art and furnishings, thanks also to the wide availability and the not excessively high cost of this wood. Here are some common characteristics of pine framing rods:
Lightweight – It is known for its lightweight, which makes pine framing rods easy to handle and assemble.
Ease of processing – It is easily workable, allowing the creation of decorative details in the frame mouldings. The workability also facilitates the finishing and customization of the frames.
Uniform Grain – Its grain is often uniform and straight, which can help give picture frame rods a clean, consistent look.
Sustainability – Depending on the source of origin it can be an eco-friendly choice, as many pine species are managed sustainably.
The specific characteristics of pine wood framing rods may vary depending on the quality of the wood, the workmanship and the specific needs of the project. When choosing a framing rod made from this wood it is important to consider the desired aesthetic appearance, durability and compatibility with the artwork or object being framed.