Heart Pine


(Slow-growth longleaf pine (pinus spp.), often recovered from structural timbers in pre-1900 warehouses and factories, or as sunken logs from river bottoms.)


Pine Antique Heart

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Heartwood is yellow after cutting and turns deep pinking tan to warm reddish brown within weeks due to high resin content. Sapwood remains yellow, with occasional blue-black sap stain.

Grain: Dense, with high figuring. Plainsawn is swirled; rift – or quartersawn is primarily pinstriped. Curly or burl grain is rare.

Species & Grade Variations: Moderate color variation.


Hardness (Janka): 1225; 5% softer than Northern Red Oak.

Dimensional Stability: Above average (change coefficient .00263; 29% more stable than Red Oak).

Durability: Natural resistance to insect infestation in heartwood; dense.


Sawing/Machining: Good machining and hand-tooling qualities.

Sanding: Tendency to clog paper due to high resin content; begin with coarse grade.

Nailing: Good holding ability.

Finishing: Accepts both surface and penetrating finishes. Some stains may blotch; raising grain first may help. To reduce the wood’s tendency to repel finish coats, surface resins may be removed with a solvent that is compatible with the finish to be used.


(Relative to plain sawn select Red Oak)
Multiplier: 2.00