|Project by Div||posted 09-19-2010 09:08 PM||2518 views||1 time favorited||27 comments|
About a year and a half ago, a farmer approached me about some trees that were blown over on his farm. He wanted me to turn the trees into a dining table with benches. Well, I milled the logs, the boards air dried for over a year and this week I built the table and 6 five board benches. The table can seat 12 people and measure 2,4m x 1,3m.
The timber is Upright Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) and is a much sought-after furniture wood in South Africa. It has been heavily exploited in the past, so much so that it is a protected species today. This timber was most extensively used during the early settlement period in South Africa as construction timber and great quantities were used for railway sleepers. Yellowwood also played an important role in the wagon trade. It became popular for use in furniture, and antique pieces in the Cape Dutch style can fetch very high prices. It was often used in conjunction with Stinkwood, another very fine South African timber.
A permit is required to cut down even one tree, and heavy fines, even jail time are imposed on illegal cutting. The farmer played it straight and got the permit! The trees I milled were young in comparison to some of the magnificent specimens that still survive. These Grand Daddies are 800 – 1000 years old with trunk diameters of up to 3m.
I can’t imagine what the world was like 1000 years ago!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."