Pine was also a favorite tree of loggers since pine logs can still be processed in a lumber mill a year or more after being cut down. Fast forward to the middle of the 20th century, fast-growing pine remained an easy wood to obtain.In contrast, most hardwood trees such as cherry, maple, oak, and ash must be cut into 1” thick boards immediately after felling or large cracks will develop in the trunk which can render the wood worthless. It’s a relatively soft wood — so it’s easy for lumber mills, pattern makers and installers to work with.So now we have three different terms to identify this paneling profile: Pickwick… Today, it seems that you can get Pickwick panels that are 4″, 6″, 8″ or 10″ wide.
The point is that Dickens’s novel was SO popular, that it acted as a kind of “permanent advertisement”, and any business calling itself “Pickwick” would automatically give itself pleasant associations.
The great era of Pickwick-naming came to an end in about 1930, but even today there are businesses that call themselves “Pickwick”, and it is not always obvious why.
The Wikipedia page on pinus strobus also says: species, was a highly desired wood since huge, knot-free boards were the rule rather than the exception.
Pine was common and easy to cut, thus many colonial homes used pine for paneling, floors and furniture. Native Plant Society of NJ Newsletter Winter 2003 pp 2–3.
Some googling found this reference to pickwick pine — a 1956 ad in the Nashua, New Hampshire Telegraph.
It encouraged homeowners to use the paneling in their den, playroom, living room or kitchen.For those who are interested, my research led to my writing a novel, which will be out later this year, about the whole Pickwick phenomenon, It’s called “Death and Mr Pickwick”.Further information is on the website howdy do, mystery solved.Here’s the original cover illustration by Robert Seymour — could it be that “Pickwick Club” typography is faux bois — it sure looks like it. So now — just like we wrestled the etymology of the term “hudee” ring to the ground — we’re on a pursuit to answer the question: Update We have an answer for why this was called “Pickwick”: Steven Jarvis, author of the forthcoming novel, Death and Mr.Pickwick, has what appears to be a pretty darn good answer to our question in this comment posted to the blog overnight Jan.In nearly seven years of blogging, we also have seen it used in basements, attics, porches — even bathrooms and ceilings — see our 2012 uploader of readers’ interiors full o’ the knotty.