Its natural color ranges from off-white to a faint reddish-brown and makes Western Hemlock an ideal fit for many of today's lighter interior design color schemes. Hemlock also takes stain exceptionally well to match in color with other woods from Maples to Oaks. Hemlock is fine-textured, straight grained and largely free of pitch and resins.
Distribution: Along the Coast of Oregon and Washington, in the Northern Rocky Mountains, Canada and Alaska
Sapwood: Sometimes lighter in color than the heartwood, generally not more than 1" thick.
Heartwood: Almost white, with a purplish tinge.
Workability: Excellent for milling, without tear-out. Grain tends to fuzz when surfaced at over 18% MC. Very consistent color in both sapwood and heartwood make Hemlock ideal for both clear and stained finishes.
Common Uses: Clears are used for windows, doors, mouldings and interior finish. Small quantities are used for flooring and furniture. The knotty part of the log is principally used for pulpwood, lumber and plywood. The lumber goes mostly into building material such as sheathing, siding, subflooring, joists, studding, planking and rafters.