How did Ponderosa Pine get to be the end all of hive construction? I just cant see it being superior to Long Leaf Pine or other Southern species. So what am I missing? Why is there no widespread manufacturing of wooden ware in the south using our indigeneous species? I have a 80 acre tract of longleaf that i have often looked at and thought what awesome supers they would make. Someone educate me on this Ponderosa and why people pay the insane shipping from the west to the south when we should be pumping out or own woodenware.