Here in New England we have a number of species of trees in our forests, which is why we have such spectacular foliage.
One of my personal favorite trees is the Eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, a coniferous water-loving species. Hemlock is one of the species we recommend for a number of reasons: it is durable, available locally, is a relatively strong species, and takes a stain very well.
Traditional joinery or steel joinery are both possibilities with hemlock. We built the timber frame for this school in Northern Vermont using hemlock beams and steel plates.
And let’s not forget our very popular Texas Barn in Shiner, TX! Hemlock was the species used in this barn.
What kind of species do you like?