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Old 11-24-2007, 12:38 AM
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Default Lightard Stump, Lightard Knots, Lightard Post, Pictures

They say a picture is worth a thousand words:

Lightard Stump. The tree was probably cut fifty years ago.


Lightard fence post. No telling how long it has been in the ground. I would guess minimum sixty-plus years. It is still solid.


These are fair examples of lightard knots. I picked them up in the woods today. They occur where a limb branches from the trunk or from a larger branch. For some reason, resin is more concentrated there. when the sapwood rots, often all that is left is a "lightard knot".


Old buildings such as the one these doors are on are built mostly of fat lightard. This barn is probably 125 years old or older. If you have ever seen one of these structures burn, you know what a black smoke they put up and how quickly they are consumed.


This is a "heart pine" floor. Same as lightard. Before planing, sanding, and several coats of clear polyurethane (no stain, just clear), these boards looked very much like the boards in the old doors in the previous picture. The darker board where the floor transitions to tile is particularly interesting because you can see the old saw-kerf marks. These boards came off an old chicken coop and barn on the place. The darker boards have more heart, the lighter ones more sapwood.


Heart Pine table built for us by "Buzzy" Smith from Americus. The table is set for Thanksgiving Dinner.


All these pictures were made on my wife's farm here in North Taylor County. As you can see, we love our "fat lightard" floors and furniture.
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:31 AM
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Good pics....

We have heart pine floors thru our kitchen, master bedroom, living
room and dining room....They were actually pine trees cut from
our property, and prepared in an old sawmill in Paulding County
30 yrs ago when our house was built...12" wide boards with
poly overcoat....
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Beautiful.Thanks for sharing with us.............
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great pictures but "heart" pine wood is not fat lighter. if it was your dinner table would be a very sticky if anything hot was placed on it.
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great pictures but "heart" pine wood is not fat lighter. if it was your dinner table would be a very sticky if anything hot was placed on it.
Yes it is.

That is why you don't put anything real hot on it without a trivet or a "hot pad" under it. Just normal hot food on a plate won't affect it, but if you put a hot pan just off the stove and left it, it would start drawing the resin out very quickly.

Now, I agree, there are degrees of "heartness", and the boards in that table aren't nearly as fat as, for instance, that stump. But if you took those boards in the table and split them up, you would still have some pretty good lightard.
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I think some people are advertising heart pine wood for floors as a long leaf pine that was cut in thte last couple of years. My definition is wood from 100 year old cotton warehouses or pine wood from the bottom of rivers . I have a mantle ,floors and hunt board made from my 1885 family home sight. What do ya'll consider heart pine floors?
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It is true that by any definition, a heart pine board is a board cut from the heartwood of an old growth yellow pine. It could come from a very old Longleaf, Slash, or even Loblolly it it were old enough. Any sapwood (light colored wood) would disqualify the board as being truly "heart pine".

So much for theory. In actuality, lumber is being marketed today as "heart pine" flooring that contains 30 to 50% sapwood. This will make up into a floor that is at best a mix of light and dark wood. This will in no way compare with flooring that is fine grained, quarter sawn to have vertical grain, and all of a uniform moderately dark color. It is literally true that "they don't make it anymore".

As stated by sweet16, any genuine heart pine lumber available today would come from some salvage operation. The lower Altamaha all the way to Darien contains a vast supply of "sinker" logs that were lost when log rafts were accidentally broken up, or when unusually dense and heavy logs sunk after they reached the log boom in Darien or St. Simons.

Over the years there has been some success by entrepreneurs to recover some of this timber. This was the case until DNR interveigned and enacted a permitting system which required a fee so high as to make the venture highly speculative. As far as I know this killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

About five years ago while traveling thru Mount Vernon GA I noted an attractive roadside sign that gave a lumber company name and stated that they were manufacturers of "heartwood yellow pine flooring". Out of curiosity, I turned around and visited the mill operation and their sales offices which was floored with a sample of their offering.

In looking at their log supply, I was surprised at the quality of the logs on hand. They were indeed rather large logs that contained a surprising amount of heartwood. I learned that they were able to attain this quality of log by paying a premium for a very select grade of log. Many were hauled well over 100 miles. Most came from small plots around old Church grounds, small lots of old growth timber that some old timer had refused to cut until his passing at which time the family cashed in the chips. Some logs were cut during extreme drought when loggers could penetrate deep into timbered bays and swamps.

I looked over the product that they were labeling "heart pine" and saw that the product was well done but still contained an average of 30% sapwood. You can see that it buyer beware when it comes to purchasing pine flooring that is manufactured from even the very best logs available today.

It is a sad commentary that most of the South's fine, old growth timber was shipped by schooner to points worldwide. This accounts for the fact that only homes, barns, and other structures that date around the civil war period will be found to contain this kind of timber.
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