LumberJocks

Tree carvings #1: Carvings in live trees

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by mikethetermite posted 06-22-2010 09:34 AM 3536 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Tree carvings series no next part

While in Juneau Alaska on Mt. Roberts we were shown these tree carvings. They are carved in to live trees. One is a Raven and, the other is an Eagle.
The Tree Carvings are known as culturally modified trees. It is an ancient custom of the Tlingit People. One of the purposes of the trail markers was for identifying different clans’ rights to use a certain trade route. Always placed on spruce trees, each carving is made without endangering the tree, which creates a protective seal around the carving that discourages insects and diseases from penetrating the surface.

The carvings were created by a Tlingit Carver, Rick Beasley. The three trees on Mount Roberts were created in 1997, however the trees are hundreds of years old.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.



6 comments so far

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 3053 days


#1 posted 06-22-2010 12:22 PM

Something different.

I hope they saved a few, without carvings.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112937 posts in 2330 days


#2 posted 06-22-2010 04:15 PM

Thanks for sharing Mike

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View stefang's profile

stefang

13633 posts in 2087 days


#3 posted 06-22-2010 05:25 PM

Looks very cool but I can’t help wondering if it harms the trees.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View lew's profile

lew

10164 posts in 2508 days


#4 posted 06-22-2010 05:37 PM

Neat!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View jockmike2's profile

jockmike2

10635 posts in 3000 days


#5 posted 06-22-2010 09:21 PM

How old are they, does anyone know?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View mikethetermite's profile

mikethetermite

471 posts in 2019 days


#6 posted 06-30-2010 05:38 AM

The Tree Carvings are known as culturally modified trees. It is an ancient custom of the Tlingit People. One of the purposes of the trail markers was for identifying different clans’ rights to use a certain trade route. Always placed on spruce trees, each carving is made without endangering the tree, which creates a protective seal around the carving that discourages insects and diseases from penetrating the surface.

The carvings were created by a Tlingit Carver, Rick Beasley. The three trees on Mount Roberts were created in 1997, however the trees are hundreds of years old.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase