When looking for a ‘tough’ wood, woodworkers tend to favour characteristics like Janka hardness and strength. Tamarack may be a softwood but this tree is plenty tough. It is the last tree you will see as you cross into the Arctic tundra, easily handling temperatures approaching -65 degrees Celsius.
Tamarack prefers the swamps, bogs and muskeg of Northern Canada. It grows from the Yukon and Northwest territories south to the Northeastern United States. In the Boreal Forest, it can grow in pure stands while it mixes with other species further south.