This bristly coastal giant forms an almost inpenetrable barrier along the Northern coast of British Columbia and southern Alaska where animals need thick hides and fur as protection from it’s spiny needles. Sitka Spruce was once harvested along the Oregon coast as well - but today tops are cut from remaining old growth forests further North.
Sitka Spruce starts out a light tan or ivory color and darkens signifigantly to a warm amber hue over time and exposure to light.
Sitka Spruce is one of the strongest softwoods relative to it’s weight and is often used as the benchmark material when comparing the sound of guitars because it is so even in it’s response. Sitka Spruce soundboards generally have a strong bass, good clear mids, and trebles that exhibit nice overtones and sustain.