SITKA SPRUCE – Picea sitchensis - Is highly valued for exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and for excellent tone and resonating qualities. It is utilized as the sounding board in the finest grand pianos. Stronger than the same weight component made of steel, Sitka Spruce for many structural applications. Sitka Spruce grows along the Pacific Coast mostly near sea level. It is most abundant on Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands.