Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) is considered British Columbia’s most abundant coastal species, accounting for approximately 60% of BC’s mature coastal forests.
This species is light in colour with pink to reddish-brown colouring. It has straight, even grain with a fine texture. The wood is moderately hard with good strength properties and is somewhat resistant to decay.
Hemlock dries slowly, holds its shape, and has little tendency to checking. It machines well, sands smooth, and has excellent gluing abilities. Western Hemlock is a great species to finish with paint or stain.