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Blog entry by stefang posted 02-19-2012 11:20 AM 3841 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been looking through some old issues of Popular Science Magazine online. I thought some others might find the article in the link below interesting. It describes a way to dye a living tree a few weeks before harvesting. It would also be interesting to know if any of you have any knowledge of this technique.

You have to wait just a little for the cover to download, then click on contents and scroll down to the bottom article on page 37.

http://www.popsci.com/archive-viewer?id=XSoDAAAAMBAJ&pg=frontcover&query=1923

I hope you will bookmark the link, as all the old issues going back to 1918 (I think) are there right up to modern days. A lot of interesting stuff and the older issues also includes a regular monthly woodworking project.

I also found out that a lot of home hobby craftsmen made different thinks for the war effort during WWII. One of these things was making wooden models of the war planes so they could be used to train plane spotters in the military.

It is also fun to see which technology ideas for the future succeeded and which ones failed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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#1 posted 02-19-2012 01:12 PM

Thanks for posting, Mike. That was fun reading for a raw wet Sunday morning.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 01:23 PM

Interesting, makes sense, though I have never heard of it.
Thank you for posting this link,
I have enjoyed reading the articles and advertisements.
Amazing how far we have progressed in technology.

Lisa

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 02:08 PM

very interesting. definitely makes sense

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 02:28 PM

now we can have rosewood from pine !

great link mike

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 03:07 PM

Thanks Mike a interesting read.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 03:40 PM

I’m glad you found it interesting. I hope you bookmarked the link. All of the old issues back to 1918 (I think) are there. It’s a lot of fun to read. Most of the issues before 1940 have woodworking projects in them too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 05:08 PM

is this the same as we know as popular mechanic in skandinavian Mike
if so I have nearly all from 1949 -1970-72 I think was the end of the pocket format
and I think allso it died at least in Denmark since all the different trades got there own magazins here

anyway thanks for the link …I´m of to it now :-)

take care
Dennis

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 05:56 PM

Interesting read Mike. It would be nice to see pictures of the results though. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 06:17 PM

That sure is interesting. Here is a related article with a bit more information. In this case, there is a preservative mixed with the dye. The chemist states, “It really is similar to embalming.”

I wonder how inhaling dust from these trees all day would affect you.

Edit – Oops, forgot the link.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 06:31 PM

Thanks Chuck, good find. Obviously nothing ever came of this technique, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. It makes me wonder why the technique never took off.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-19-2012 06:33 PM

I have heard of watering sycamore trees with iron sulphate to change the wood to “harewood”.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 07:36 PM

they even use a simular technic on cut of flowers now ….. what colour do you want to give the wife … LOL

not nice of you Mike to give such a link before dinner time …........
my hot meal is now cold cuoldn´t lieve the site timely … :-( ~

Dennis

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 09:01 PM

SAS sounds interesting. Is this Sycamore with a gray tonesr?

Dennis I’m sorry to have spoiled your dinner, unless it was fiskeboller (fishballs like in meatballs), as you wouldn’t have missed much. Those Popular Science issues really are interesting aren’t they?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-19-2012 09:06 PM

as you know Mike 98 % of all accidents in a home happens in the kitchen …. and we have to eat them … :-(

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#15 posted 02-19-2012 09:46 PM

Please don’t remind me Dennis.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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