BOTANIC NAME: Picea rubens.
ORIGIN: Northwest of America and Eastern Canada
DESCRIPTION: Density 400-500 kg/m3. Red Spruce is typically a creamy white, with a hint of yellow and/or red. Sapwood is not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Straight grain. Wood fibres vary from fine to medium.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present. Glues and finishes well, though it can give poor (blotchy and inconsistent) results when being stained due to its closed pore structure. A sanding sealer, gel stain, or toner is recommended when colouring Spruce.
USES: Musical instruments soundboards. Construction lumber, crates, millwork.