Scandinavian Redwood (Pinus Sylvestris) is a widely distributed species with pale reddish-brown heartwood that is clearly distinct from the paler, creamy-white to yellow sapwood. The wood is resinous and knotty, and its texture may be fine or coarse, depending on origin. The clear contrast between the light early wood and the darker latewood results in well-defined annual rings. This wood is often used for windows, doors and external joinery, but it is not naturally durable so must be treated if used for exterior work. It has a low density and open grain, which allows it to accept treatment well, such as double vacuum pressure treatment. It is referred to as joinery grade softwood or unsorted redwood. Vths (fifths grade) is a more knotty version of this wood, used for skirtings, cladding, panelling and more. Its softer and lighter weight cousin, Whitewood, is often used for stairs and other internal joinery (where covered or painted).
Redwood, Red Pine, Red Deal, Baltic Redwood, Scots Fir, Norway Fir, Yellow Deal,
Scandinavian redwood is not a durable wood, and is vulnerable to insect attack. The sapwood is permeable for preservative treatment, but the heartwood is moderately resistant. Can be successfully treated by a few methods to make durable - please contact us for more info
The drying and seasoning of Scandinavian Redwood is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Scandinavian Redwood - The wood dries quickly and well, but is prone to blue sap stain if precautions are not taken. It exhibits medium movement in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.
Redwood has low resistance to shock loads, low stiffness, low to medium bending and crushing strength. Very poor steam-bending rating. It works well with both hand and machine tools. It saws, planes, moulds, drills, carves, sands and turns well. Gluing effectiveness can vary according to the resin content. Painting, varnishing, staining and polishing are satisfactory. Accepts treatment well.
Quality grades are used for furniture, joinery, turnery and vehicle bodies. Other grades are used for building, railway sleepers (railroad ties), telephone poles and piles. It is also rotary-cut for plywood and sliced for decorative veneers.
Pine is a tree of peace. As an evergreen it reminds us that peace can be everlasting in our hearts. The pine cones and their magical seeds also suggest renewal. This wood is great for meditation and as sense of harmony.
Fast growing and farmed specifically for our use. Scandinavian Redwood is extremely sustainable.
Wood Worker's Thoughts:
Good all-rounder, finishes well, multiple uses. Can be knotty. We use 1st quality joinery grade.
Commonly asked questions about Scandinavian redwood
Is Redwood a hardwood or a softwood? Redwood is a softwood. It is the same for; is Scandinavian redwood hardwood or softwood? - Scandinavian redwood is a softwood.
Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Redwood family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.
What colour is Scandinavian redwood? Scandinavian redwood can be described as light brown, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown, orange
Is Scandinavian redwood good for outdoor use? or is Scandinavian redwood good for exterior use? Scandinavian redwood is most suited for interior/interior use. Scandinavian redwood can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).
Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood