'm building a reproduction 17th-century cradle for an expected grandchild (my first). I have been sawing, planing and carving sugar pine in my shop for the past few weeks. The scent is so sweet that bees from my neighbor's hives have been buzzing around the wood, trying to find the pollen that surely ^ accompanies such a wonderful aroma.
Sugar pine gets its name from the sweet globules of white resin that ooze from the bark when the tree is cut. These sugarlikc crystals glisten on the surface of sugar pine lumber.
Sugar pine trees can grow up to 270 ft. high and 12 ft. in diameter. The straight trunk of a mature tree has no branches for the first 50 to 80 ft. The branches bear cones up to 24 in. long. Sugar pines begin bearing cones at 100 years old and can live up to 600 years.
Sugar pine hcartwood is a light yellowish white to buff tan; the sapwood is creamy white. The wood changes color very little on exposure to light and air. It has an even texture; the growth rings arc not pronounccd. Resin ducts are very visible and easy to avoid in machining.
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