A soft, light wood obtained from the Engelmann spruce, Picea engelmannii, native to the western part of North America. The yellowish to reddish fine-grain wood is used for lumber, millwork, construction, and the manufacture of paper and boxes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Picea engelmannii; épicéa d'Engelmann (Fr.); épinette (Fr.)
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Color: off-white to cream with occasional red hint
- Grain: fine, even texture with straight grain
- Density = 27 pcf
- Easy to work
- Glues and finishes well
- Can stain unevenly due to closed pore structure. A sanding sealer, gel stain or toners works best.
Resources and Citations
- The Wood Database: Engelmann spruce
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Western Pine Association, Portland Oregon: air-dry weight = 27 pcf