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THE NATURE OF WOOD

Siberian pine is a large noble tree with a broad evergreen crown. Geographically, this tree grows in the East and West of
Siberia, Urals, and can be found in the parts Northern China and Mongolia. Siberian pine easily hendles lack of light,
therefore it is considered to be a shade-tolerant tree.
Wood
Pine falls under heartwood type, it is fairly dense, but at the same time soft and easy to treat. Besides, pine is softer then
larch but at the same time much denser than spruce, cedar, and fir.

Pinewood has the most active release of phytoncides
containing resinous substances. Resin prevents wood from rotting, for that reason pine is one of the best and most
durable options for eco-friendly housing. It is no accident that health-resorts and guest houses are usually located in pine
forests. Pines growing in the northern region of the European part of Russia considered to be the most valuable. Northern
wood is denser, which means it particularly resistant to fungus and mechanical abrasion.


Today, pine remains the most commonly used material for wooden housing. This is due to not only its excellent qualities but also its relatively low price, compared to larch and cedar. Another important factor is the place of growth because it is commonly known that trees are incredibly sensitive to the ecological condition of the region.

WONDORF produces wood for housing only from those tree species, grown in non-polluted areas.

In such ecologically clean zones, you will not see any factories, plants, or any other production facilities. Another important factor is the weather conditions during tree grows. Siberian pine is known far beyond the borders of Russia for its strength and durability. The harsh Siberian climate contributes to the improvement of resistance, density, height, and ability to bear the stress of any weather conditions.

In Siberia, pine trees adapt to a severe continental climate, thus are characterized by high cold resistance. The ability to withstand very low winter temperatures (up to -65°C in the East of Siberia) contributes to making wood drier and denser. Besides, due to its great antiseptic properties, in the pine forest number of microbes in the air is about 500 per 1m 3 , while in big cities this number rises up to 36 000 per 1m 3.

The therapeutic properties of pine

The therapeutic properties of pine were discovered way back in the time of our great ancestors: during the excavation works of ancient Sumerian settlements, scientists discovered clay tablets dated 5000 years containing medical recipes using extracts from pine needles. Pine needles are rich in phytoncide substances able to disinfect the air, which is why the majority of wellness facilities and summer camps are placed specifically in pine forests.


The pine buds and needles have a truly unique chemical composition, containing plenty of substances useful for the

human health:

  • vitamins C, K, B, PP and E;
  • carotenoids;
  • essential oils;
  • tannins;
  • alkaloids;
  • terpenes;
  • benzoic acid;
  • lignins.

Traditional medicine is littered with recipes using pine buds, needles, and resins, etc., made to cure many severe illnesses.

Here are a few of them:

  • bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc.,
  • hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues);
  • cardiovascular diseases;
  • osteochondrosis;
  • neuralgia;
  • rheumatism;
  • bleeding gums.

Interesting facts about pine

This magnificent tree is considered to be a so-called centenarian. An interesting fact is that for the first few decades of
growth, Siberian pine actively feeds on moisture from the soil, but after reaching the age of 80, this process goes the other way around - the tree gives water to the soil. Siberian pine’s height can reach 45 meters. This noble tree’s trunk diameter can reach 2 meters in width, as for life span, a tree can live up to 800 years..
For many ethnic groups, the pine is a symbol of fertility and immortality. One of the legends has it that the pine is a beautiful nymph, bewitched by the jealous god of winds. In the old days, people believed in magical powers of a talisman made from a piece of pinewood, as well as its ability to protect against curses and evil eyes, ward off evil spirits and cure many diseases. Fossilized pine resin is commonly known as amber. Amber fossils form when insects become trapped inside the sticky sap that forms on trees if the size of organic inclusion in the stone is 1 cm or wider, the stone may be classified as a gem.