Western Hemlock

Name Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
Type Softwood.
Other Names Also known as hemlock and Pacific hemlock.
Sources Grows in western United States and Canada.
Appearance Straight and even grained with a fine to medium texture. Whitish to light yellowish brown color, heartwood not distinct.
Physical Props Light and soft with moderate stiffness, bending strength, compression strength, and steam bending, low shock resistance and decay resistance. Good dimensional stability.
Working Props Works easily with machine or hand tools (slightly better than eastern hemlock). Accepts paint, stains, varnishes, and polishes well. Glues quite easily. Pre-drilling recommended for screwing and nailing (but less apt to split than eastern hemlock).
Uses Used mainly for building construction. Also used for interior and exterior joinery, doors, flooring, vehicle bodywork, turnery, broom handles, boxes, crates, pallets, cooperage, furniture, ladders, plwood, paneling, veneer, and pulpwood.