Why polar pine?
Honka grows, harvests, and manufactures their logs, windows and doors from polar pine which grows near the Arctic Circle for only seven months out of the year.
The extreme growth conditions in Finland force the pines to grow slowly with reduced moisture content, and result in a wood that is denser and straighter with fewer knots than pine grown at more southern latitudes. This makes polar pine an ideal wood for log homes. The narrow growth rings ensure a wood that is resistant to warping, twisting and checking (splitting), with excellent dimensional stability.
A Constant Source
Trees spread like a carpet over 70 percent of Finland’s countryside now, which ranks Finland among the most forested countries in the world. But it wasn’t always so. The benefits of a reforestation program, begun in the 1800’s, has assured the growth of the Finnish timber industry, and has guaranteed the country’s virtually endless supply of wood.
“Forest Plus” Principle