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Tree carvings #1: Carvings in live trees

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Blog entry by mikethetermite posted 06-22-2010 09:34 AM 3128 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.



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

Something different.

I hope they saved a few, without carvings.

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

Thanks for sharing Mike

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

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

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

Neat!

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

How old are they, does anyone know?

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#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.

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