Overview

The Teal-Jones Group’s Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is an impressive wood. It has the highest strength to weight ratio of any wood species in the world, with great resiliency and elasticity properties that make it able to withstand suddenly applied loads. So prized, it was considered the most desired wood for aircraft construction during the Second World War.

Sitka spruce is found at low elevations along the weaving coastline of British Columbia and southern Alaska and adjacent islands, especially the rain-swept Haida Gwaii, and can grow to rival the world’s largest trees. The wood is attractive in appearance because of the minimal difference in colour between the sapwood and heartwood. The colour ranges from a creamy white to a near white with a light pinkish tinge.

Today we market Sitka spruce for use in joinery, musical instruments and veneer slicing, while utilizing the second and even third growth trees for our structural and industrial markets in China.

Physical Properties
Density (air dry average): 430 kg/cubic meters
Specific gravity (oven dry average): 0.39
Modulus of elasticity: 11 200 MPa
Modulus of rupture: 69.9 MPa

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