A Bit of Wood History

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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 11-23-2013 10:35 PM 1507 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought you guys and gals might be interested in this bit of Woodworking History. Sad that such butchery took place, wood that is gone and will never be replaced.

California lumberjacks work on Redwoods. Thousands of tree rings in these ancient trees – each over 1000+ years old or even much older…such a shame…irreplaceable giants. National park treasures all gone but a few – what kind of men would do such a thing for over 100 years – destroy something they cannot ever fix or replace for 2000 years?

It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200–1800 years or more. An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut.

In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres…down to 8,100 acres by 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.gals might enjoy seeing this piece of woodworking history.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 11-23-2013 10:44 PM

Amazing trees and a shame that most are now gone for good.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-23-2013 11:22 PM

Sadly, I doubt anyone at that time gave a second thought to the consequences.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-23-2013 11:52 PM

Very interesting but sad as well. Thanks for sharing buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 11:56 PM

Bill, thanks for sharing this bit of history. Hopefully, we have learned some lessons from the past and have become better stewards of our natural resources.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 11-24-2013 01:21 AM

Thank Teddy R for starting National Parks!! or it might all be gone ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-24-2013 01:54 AM

Interesting. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 11-24-2013 09:21 PM

Wow, thank you for taking the time to write about this

-- Norman

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 12:50 AM

It’s a terrible shame. It’s amazing to see the redwoods and the sequoias. You have no idea until you see them in person. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 12:32 PM

Very sad. Beautiful trees.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 11-25-2013 12:52 PM

Just more greedy humans that don’t give a f_ about our earth

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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