Sitka Spruce (Picea Sitchensis) grows along the Coast in a narrow band. These trees grow up to 70 metres tall and 2 metres in diameter, making them the largest of the spruces.
Clear grades of Sitka Spruce are used in fine interior finishing such as sliding screens (Shoji), joinery, mouldings and trim.
High-quality grades are also used for speciality marine applications like masts, spars and deck beams. Also very popular for ladder stock and industrial equipment that need a high strength-to-weight ratio.
Benefits of Using Sitka Spruce:
- Most popular use is for the construction of homes and structural lumber
- Excellent for machinists to shape into furniture and panelling
- Fine, straight grain
- Small tight knots
- Pale color makes for excellent finishing uses
- Kiln-dried spruce remains straight even after years of use