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Question:
Could pine cones be used to make wood and paper products when processed correctly? I mean, the material protecting the pine seeds looks like wood. I was wondering if you have ever heard of anyone processing this material to make particle board, paper, or anything else useful.


Replies:
Pine cones are mainly used for decoration:

http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/ForestMarketing/TreeProducts.cfm

Anthony Brach Ph.D.


Dear Ben,

Pine cones often have gooey flammable resins and compared with most useful wood products, are made up of very small pieces of wood. Plants used for paper have long fibers in them which pine cones do not have. For these reasons, pine cones are not likely to have commercial utility in wood or paper products. They are great in wreaths and floral displays. They often produce a flash of light and color when tossed in a fire. You can glue plastic eyes on them and make whimsical figures or paint them as decorative things. They are useful.

Jim Tokuhisa, Ph.D.



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