Tamarack aka: Larch
Growth: East of Rockies. Small to medium sized species and grows best with black spruce and is intolerant of shade. Also found in the northern states.
Uses: millwork, paneling, cabinets, furniture, doors, mouldings, flooring, posts, poles, timbers, and outdoor furniture
Properties: Stronger and less brittle than cedar. Lowering the moisture content will add extra protection against rotting, warping and insets.
Description: Better defined grain than Teak. Sapwood is whitish with many tight live knots.
Working Properties: Machines well. Glues, screws and nails ok pre boring suggested.
Finishing: Staining poor due to heavy graining and wild grains very visible when dark stain used. Painting poor. Treatable resistant finish advised for preservation.