We experimented to find the perfect recipe for this most-requested finish for pine – and it’s as easy as pie.
by Glen D. Huey
from the Autumn 2007 issue of Woodworking Magazine
Pumpkin pine is a developed patina that glows a warm orangy color similar to – you guessed it – a pumpkin.
Ask woodworkers what finish they want to replicate when using white pine as their primary wood in a project, and you’re likely to hear two words: pumpkin pine.
A real pumpkin pine finish has many years of age. Begin with heartwood from Eastern white pine then allow a century of wax, grime and exposure to daylight, and you’ll start to see a patina that displays a golden-orange hue.