HEMLOCK

hemlock> BOTANICAL NAMES
Tsuga heterophilla. It belongs to the family of the Finaceae.

> TRADE NAMES
Western hemlock, Pacific Coast hemlock – United Kingdom, U.S.A.
Hemlock – Italy 
Tsuga de Californie, Hemlock – France

> GROWTH AREA
Its original area is the costs of the South Alaska; actually, it grows in the zone that extended from the British Columbia to California.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The Hemlock tree, native of the pacific area, is a valuable variety in comparison to the tree of the oriental coast, thanks to its larger dimensions and to the structure of the wood. Sapwood is white or yellow-white, clearly distinguished from the colour of the heartwood which is dark yellow and tends to reddish. This wood, characterised by a fine and straight fibre, is often characterised from darker strips due to some parts of its bark. Even if it is a light wood, is also very strong; infect, it is often used for constructions.

> DRYING METHOD
Drying is very easy, but it must be processed with careful in order to avoid possible splits of the wood.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
It is drying on open air, and it has a specific weight of 550 Kg/m3.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
It is easily carved, for this reason is widely use for several purposes. It’s often used for constructions as lumber or for plywood production.