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Forum topic by Dallas posted 11-04-2011 01:07 AM 977 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dallas

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11-04-2011 01:07 AM

A giant Sequoia has fallen in California.

I remember growing up in Oregon and dad taking me to a small town where a cabin was built from a single 40’ section of a Douglas fir that had been hollowed out.

Sequoia’s are even larger.

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEnewrCLAM0

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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#1 posted 11-05-2011 03:22 AM

I see two choices – let it sit there and rot (waste) away to nothing or have a lumber company come in, cut it into lumber, sell it and put the funds into the Sequoia National Monument budget. This wood would demand a very pretty penny.

Just a thought…...

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 03:27 AM

Oh man, could you imagine a slab of this stuff?? WOW!

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 03:32 AM

Wow, what a set of trees! Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 04:29 AM

Man they are bigins, have lived thru a lot of major events during the centuries

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 04:58 AM

I was just there in July, it was a beautiful place. As soon as I got out of the car i said “wow this place even smells like wood”.

These aren’t the largest ones, I think the largest one there had a diameter of 20 ft, where the largest known one has a diameter of 35ft.

A little scale info, Im 6’5”.

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 12:03 PM

I wonder if wood can become so old that it ends up being useless to try and work it. Like in the case of these trees, I wonder how the quality of the wood would be to work with.

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 01:46 PM

Thanks for putting this up; it is very interesting – especially considering how close they were to each other.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 11-05-2011 02:40 PM

My wife and I visited this amazing site in July and considered it to be one of the highlight of our trip to the USA.
Makes me want to come back.
Bob T from Oz

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#9 posted 11-05-2011 04:25 PM

Here’s the video of the tree actually falling, taken by a German tourist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaQSAd8eTMU&feature=related

One thing I noticed about those trees…. they are always warm, not warm to the touch, but like there is a life force or something pulsing through them.

CodyJames,
Some of those trees have been used that were over 2000 years old. Sadly, most of them are gone except for the small areas that have been saved
On another note, a few years back a contractor in North Carolina dug up some 40,000 year old Cypress logs that had been buried by an ancient hurricane. The wood is very useable and goes for thousands of dollars per bd foot.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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