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06-11-2011 04:20 PM

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I thought the heartwood is always the hardest part of the tree, however, as I was walking in the Grande Island (formerly Forthwind) in Subic Bay, I found this driftwood who have no more heartwood and what is left is the sap. I dont know how old it was drifting. Probably some sea creatures had consumed the heartwood.

Here is the picture of the driftwood.


It is big… the diameter of the trunk is about 20 incches.

Could it really be possible that the sapwood can be stronger than the heartwood?
The next question…. What would I do with this…. so strong and heavy?

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-- Bert


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#1 posted 06-11-2011 04:45 PM

What an interesting find. You’ll have to make something special from it.
It reminds me of some of the big hollow standing trees we have that rot from the center out but are still living.

Looks like a coffee table base to me Bert.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 04:54 PM

i guess it’s like chicken

some like white meat
and some dark

who know if this was eaten by what kind of toredo
or rotted on it’s own

the species of wood may have something to do with this too

paul has a good idea about a table base
maybe a glass top

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 05:26 PM

Wow!
Bert that is going to look great when it is polished.
It will make a great conversation piece in the right place.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 06-11-2011 06:49 PM

David, you’re right, I absolutely meant a glass top. You wouldn’t want to hide this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#5 posted 06-11-2011 06:54 PM

Great looking piece! It’s already got me thinking about what to do with it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 02:50 AM

The heart is harder in some woods, BUT, it’s dead wood. The living wood is the outside or sap wood.

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#7 posted 06-12-2011 03:31 PM

Just about all trees decay from the inside out, the cambium layer will continue to grow until the tree can no longer support itself, or someone cuts it down while there is still some control over the direction it will fall.

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#8 posted 06-12-2011 04:33 PM

The only thing I notice with the wood being soaked and drifted, the portion that is thicker is the one that is submerged and the portion that floats is cracked and very clean. The thickness of the sap is 1-1/4 and the thickest part is about 2-1/2 inches.

Well, I am thinking to make a baffle out of it… two branch hole might be for the mid and high frequency speakers and the big hole is for the 15 inch wooper. I noticed that if you hammer any part of the trunk… it magnifies the sound like a howling echo.
Thanks to all of you for the idea and information.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 01:08 AM

It is likely the heart was rotted before it became driftwood. With many woods the heartwood, once afflicted by fungi, will rot as fast as the sapwood grows, making a hollowed log before it is cut down. I see many trees where the heartwood is useless, such a bummer. Nice piece!

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 03:28 PM

Neither heartwood or sap ‘grow’ the only living part of a tree trunk is the cambium layer.

-- A TOOL JUNKIE- There, I just admited it to myself...

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#11 posted 06-15-2011 04:47 PM

Could have been rotten before it got into the water.

-- .. heyoka ..

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