EASTERN WHITE PINE
• All cabinets are constructed of kiln dried unfinished eastern white pine .
• Door stiles 1" thick, (beaded & slab style 3/4" thick).
• Drawer fronts are 1" thick Pine, (beaded style 3/4" thick) Drawer sides and back 1/2" pine Drawer bottoms 7/32" plywood.
• Base Cabinets come without backs unless specified at an up charge.
Zinc 100lb, full extension slides are available at an up charge.
Soft close under mount full extension slides are available at an up charge.
• All cabinets complete with Youngdale knife hinges installed. They are antique brass finish. This hinge is very adjustable and it is necessary, after finish and final installation to do so for proper door alignment.
• All cabinets are considered "ready to finish" however individual preference may be to further detail sand.
• Any odd or oversized glass doors do not include glass.
Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Is a large pine native to eastern North America, occurring from Newfoundland west to Minnesota and south easternmost Manitoba, and south along the Appalachian Mountains to the extreme north of Georgia.
It is a member of the white pine group, Pinus subgenus Strobus, and like all members of that group, the leaves ('needles') are in fascicles (bundles) of five, with a deciduous sheath. They are flexible, blue-green, finely serrated, and 5-13 cm (2-5 in) long, and persist for usually about 18 months. The cones are slender, 8-16 cm (3-6 in) long (rarely slightly longer) and 4-5 cm (1.5-2 in) broad when open, and have scales with a rounded apex and slightly reflexed tip. The seeds are 4-5 mm long, with a slender 15-20 mm wing, and are wind-dispersed. Cone production peaks every 3 to 5 years. Mature trees can be 200 years old; some live as long as 400 years. It prefers well-drained soil and cool, humid climates, but also grows in boggy areas and rocky highlands.
Eastern White Pine is the tallest tree in eastern North America. In natural pre-colonial stands it grew to about 70 m (230 ft) tall, but current trees typically reach 30-50 m (100 - 160 ft) tall with a diameter of 1-1.6 m (3-5 ft). White pine forests originally covered much of northeastern North America, though few of the original trees remain untouched by extensive logging operations in the 1700s and 1800s to harvest the valuable wood. One survivor is a specimen known as the "Boogerman Pine" in the Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This tree is, at 56.5 m (185 ft) tall, the tallest tree in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Before it lost its top in Hurricane Opal in October 1995, it was 63 m (207 ft) tall.
Because the tree is somewhat resistant to fire, mature survivors are able to re-seed burned areas. In pure stands the trees usually have no branches on the lower half of the trunk. In mixed forests, this dominant tree towers over all others, including the large hardwoods. It provides food and shelter for forest birds such as the Common Crossbill and small mammals such as squirrels. The White Pine Weevil (Pissodes strobi) and White Pine Blister Rust (Cronartium ribicola), an introduced fungus, can damage or kill these trees.
Uses and symbolism
Eastern White Pine is now widely grown in plantation forestry within its native area. Several cultivars have been developed for garden use, many of them dwarf with very slow growth. The species was imported into England by Captain George Weymouth in 1620, who planted it widely for a future timber crop, but with little success due to White Pine Blister Rust disease.
Eastern White Pine is the Provincial tree of Ontario and the State tree of Maine and Michigan and it's "pine cone and tassel" is the "state flower" of Maine. Sprigs of Eastern White Pine were worn as badges as a symbol of Vermont identity during the Vermont Republic and appears in a stained glass window at the Vermont State House, on the flag of Vermont and the naval ensign of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is occasionally known as White Pine, Northern White Pine, or Soft Pine. It is also known as Weymouth Pine, especially in Britain. In addition, this tree is known to the Haudenosaunee Native Americans as the Tree of Great Peace.
White Pine needles contain five times the amount of Vitamin C (by weight) of lemons, and make an excellent tea. The inner bark (cambium) is edible. It is also a source of resveratrol.
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