Curly heart pine is a burled grain found in some longleaf heart pine trees. Curly is typically identified in only one log out of several hundred that are retrieved from River-Recovered® material, making it a very rare and unique treasure. The curly or burled grain occurs most prominently at the interface of the heart and sap wood. Often times, a milled curly board will have a red (heart) face and a yellow (sapwood) face.
Curly heart pine is a genetic anomaly and inherited trait within particular longleaf communities. A longleaf tree that contains curly heart pine is often described as being unmistakably “bumpy.” They tend to grow in groups, so if you find one, you will likely discover other trees in the immediate vicinity that are also curly.
Curly heart pine is most often used as an accent and is distinguished by grain that appears holographic and three-dimensional. The grain can also be described as seeming topographic in nature. Let’s take a closer look at this gorgeous wood:
Curly Heart Pine Used for a Cabinet
Notice the Distinctive Grain in This Piece of Curley Heart Pine Which Has Been Crafted Into a Bar Top