In this post, I want to go through some advantages of choosing pine as a material wardrobe. Firstly, I’ll give a bit of background on pine without going into too much depth and turning this into a botany lesson!
Pines are conifer (or coniferous) trees which are native to most countries in northern hemisphere (E.g. Canada). They also have been introduced to subtropical places in the southern hemisphere (E.g. Australia). Pines need good soil drainage and acid, sandy soils to grow well. Of course, there are a number of species, which range in height from 3 metres all the way up to 80 metres. Commonly though, they are between 15 to 45m tall. They have very long lifespans, commonly from 100 years up to (and past) 1000 years old!
Other aspects of a conifer tree include:
- The bark of a conifer tree is generally thick and scaly, but you will encounter species with flaking, thin bark as well.
- Four types of leaves – seeds leaves, juvenile leaves, scale leaves and needles (adult leaves).
- Cones – there are male and females cones, both of which grow on the same tree. After pollination, female cones take one and a half years to three years to mature. Typically, at maturity, the cones open to release the seeds. Another possibility is that the seeds remained stored and only released when exposed to heat (fire climax pines). So when there is a forest fire for example, the heat would cause the seeds to be released and re-populated into the burnt ground.
Now that you have an idea about the material, the reasons for choosing pine include:
- They grow relatively fast compared to other types of wood (E.g. oak, ash, mahogany), so they are cost efficient for suppliers, and (hopefully) for you, the consumer. It also means it’s good for the environment.
- If properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.
- Pine Wood Has wide range of natural colors to pick from.
One disadvantage with conifer trees is that after logging, they do not possess any resistance to insect or decay. If this kind of wood is left outside, it could only last up to 18 months, tops.