Here on Cape Cod, our Pine trees have been under attack. Pine Bark Beetles have been an increasing problem in our local forests. Once the tree becomes infected with these nasty little critters a secondary disease is introduced that finishes the poor tree off in, sometimes as quickly as, one season.
So needless to say, a good majority of the trees we’ve been cutting down the past few years have been dead or dying Pitch Pines.
Ok, hard wood logs= firewood, but what about this surplus of Pine logs we seem to be stock piling now?
For those who own and operate a tree service on Cape Cod just for the sake of doing tree work are really only reaping a small portion of the benefits of working with trees.
Take a look below at one of our recent projects. This barn is still under construction, but as of yet all of our materials for this project have been harvested from the native trees on Cape Cod . Pitch Pine is a harder, more dense wood than White Pine or Spruce, so it make building a bit laborious, but boy is it some strong stuff! Pitch Pine also makes some very attractive flooring when it is milled up in larger planks. Very Rustic.
My son Elijah ontop of 6×6 lumber that was milled from local Pitch Pine tree
It’s nice being able to work with materials that you know have integrity and have been obtained resourcefully. Take that Home Depot. I will keep you updated as this project progresses towards the finished product.
Oh and did I already mention that Pitch Pine makes some beautiful flooring?