Pine beetle wood comes from lodgepole pine trees that have been infested by the mountain pine beetle, a longtime natural resident of British Columbia’s Interior forests.
The beetles lay eggs under the trees’ bark, carrying with them a fungus that leaves a blue or grey stain on the sapwood. Typically, within a year of the attack, the tree is either dying or dead. About 80 per cent of British Columbia’s pine forests have been affected by the epidemic, so it is important to find new and imaginative uses for the now uniquely coloured wood.
The Pacific Room of Canada House is home to a pine beetle wood wall panel, credenza and table base.