Better pine

Better pine

When it is cold, pine grows slower, and when it grows slower, the wood gets thicker, more sturdy, with smaller rings. Ever seen the actual effect? Here is it:


The bottom piece of wood is pine from the Carpathian mountains, the top piece is from Lithuania. Same effect if you get pine from Siberia, or Finland, or Karelia. And in case you don’t know where is Karelia: it is just West from Finland. Actually, most of it used to be Finland, until 1940. More info here.

Colder is better. Stronger.

Today we drove to Panevezys for a meeting. Another snow period has started, and the snow plow has not arrived yet but that doesn’t matter. Last week it was minus 26 Celsius. At those temperatures pine doesn’t grow at all…