Pine Cone Uses
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.
Pine cones are mainly used for decoration:
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
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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Update: June 2012