Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
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The tough and flexible root is used in basket making and as a string[118, 229]. The roots were burnt over an open fire to remove the bark, then they were dried and split to make hats, ropes etc. The main body material of baskets was made from the roots. These were cut into lengths 75 – 90cm long and 12 – 25mm in diameter. Whilst still full of sap and soft, these were split into broad flat bands and these in turn were sub-divided by knife and teeth until the desired size was obtained – a little larger than coarse thread, about like small twine. The vertical rods were made of hazel (Corylus spp) and the overlay was bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax).
The roots were used by several native North American Indian tribes to make tightly woven baskets that would hold water.
The limbs and roots can be pounded, shredded and used to make ropes.
A pitch is obtained from the tree and is used for caulking boats, waterproofing boxes etc[118, 257].
The rendered pitch has been used as a glue. The pitch can be melted then used as a protective varnish-like coat on wood.
Wood – strong according to some reports[171, 229], not strong according to others[1, 11, 46]. The quality of the wood for aircraft construction is unsurpassed, it is remarkably strong yet light and its resistance – weight ratio is among the highest. The wood is elastic, soft, light, straight grained. Equal in quality to P. abies but more quickly produced, the wood is used for shipbuilding, construction, packing cases, doors, posts etc[1, 11, 46, 226]. The wood is also valued for making musical instruments and is widely used in the pulp industry to make paper. The wood is a good fuel, knotted bits of wood would keep the fire burning all night.
Cultivation & Habitat
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