About Himekomatsu


木工家・樹木効能研究家(27年) 牧野泰之 Yoshi-yuki Makino


A pine tree of the family Pinaceae, Pinus. It grows naturally in the cool-temperate and subalpine zones from Hokkaido to Kyushu in Japan. It is also called "Goyoumatsu" (meaning "five-needle pine"). As written by the Chinese character for "five-leaf pine," it has five needle-like leaves that grow in bunches. The bark is shallowly split, and many individuals have a silvery-white appearance due to lichen attachment. The trunk is relatively straight and can reach a height of 30 meters. A single board of Himekomatsu in our workshop is 910 mm wide (about 140 years old), so one can imagine that there used to be quite a few large-diameter trees in the area.


 The wood contains a resinous substance peculiar to pine, but if you avoid resin accumulation, you will not be troubled by it even if you use the wood without painting. The wood is not prone to distortion, and it is said to have been useful in the past as a material for casting wooden molds. According to "Industrial and Artistic Uses of Wood," it is used as carving material for balustrades and fittings, and as a unique use, it is used for violin decks, etc., and is said to have excellent acoustic conductivity. However, there is no such demand today, and the number of Himekomatsu trees has been decreasing in many areas, so the amount of Himekomatsu distributed as lumber has become very small.

参考:農商務省山林局編 「木材ノ工藝的利用」 / 林 将之著「樹木の葉」 / 「COLLINS COMPLETE GUIDE TO BRITISH TREES」 /  阿部蔵之「木の大学特別講座2019 フィールドレクチャー飛騨高山一之宮」