This wood is one of the best known and highly prized of the Canadian softwood species. It has all the desired characteristics necessary for fine construction (stiffness, strength, density, ease of working and a natural moderate durability). It is extensively used for structural and general construction. It is also popular for windows and doors. It has excellent machining properties, good nail and screw holding and is often used with a clear finish because of its attractive reddish-brown color and distinctive grain. It is imported from western Canada and the United States.