Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Elm wood was commonly used for wheels, chair seats and coffins because of it's resistance to splitting. The wood is also resistant to decay when permanently wet, and hollowed trunks were widely used as water pipes during the medieval period in Europe. However this resistance to decay in water does not extend to ground contact.
Elms also have a long history of cultivation for fodder, with the leafy branches cut for livestock. Elm bark, cut into strips and boiled, sustained much of the rural population of Norway during the great famine of 1812. The seeds are particularly nutritious, containing crude protein and fiber.
Dutch elm disease appeared in Europe in 1910, and spread to North America by 1928. Then, 12 years later a more virulent strain of the diesease emerged and within a decade had killed over 20 million elm trees. This pandemic continues today, however the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease is under attack by naturally occuring virus-like agents that reduce its spors.
Amoung the notable elms "Herbie" in Yarmouth, Maine, stood by present-day East Main Street from 1793 to 2010. At 110 feet in height, it was believed to be the oldest and tallest of its kind in New England. The tree, which partially stood in the front yard of a private residence, also had a 20-foot circumference and a 93-foot crown spread. As of 2003, only twenty of Yarmouth's original 739 elms had survived Dutch elm disease. In August 2009 it was revealed that, after battling fifteen bouts of Dutch elm disease, the tree had lost, and on January 19, 2010 it was cut down.
The American Forests National Register of BIG TREES 2010 is a great place to locate massive living trees. You can nominate a tree for the registry, and become it's champion.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Ok, I have been planning for a long time to take on this crafting project - I just love mosaic! and I happen to have a few extra bowling balls lying around too:) Have you ever tried this? How long does it take to glue the pieces (on both sides) and to grout?
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
These tiny creatures take 2 years to mature from a larvae state to adult; then they only have 21 days to find a mate. In mid June, these little glowing beetles put on a fanatastic display of synchronized lights. It's not known why these fireflies are compelled to get on the same page of music; sometimes they flash in waves and other times it may be random.
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains webpage for the Light Show tour info
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Collecting most of their wood 'dead and down' in the Jemez Mountains, the Blakely team brings their experience and considerable skill into each piece. Candle holders, bud vases, tealights and goblets are handmade with care and finished to perfection.
Blakely Woodworks has earned 100% satisfaction from their Etsy customers; with rave reviews for their spinning tops! But BWW doesn't stop there, because they can make custom orders that will suit your needs. Jim and Logan want to hear your ideas and comments, and they welcome you to visit Blakely Woodworks and shop their ready-made inventory.
Jim and Logan are fellow members of Old World Shoppes ; a specialty group on Etsy dedicated to old-fashioned crafts and conventional craftsmen.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The Bald Cypress, which I'm most familiar with, loses it's leaves in the winter.
Ancient Baldcypress forests, with some trees more than 1,200 years old, once dominated swamps in the southeast US. The largest remaining old-growth stand of Baldcypress is at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, near Naples, Florida. These trees are around 500 years of age and some exceed 40 m in height.
Knees are woody projections sent above the normal water level, roughly horizontally from the roots, with a near-right-angle bend taking them roughly vertically downward into soil, usually passing through water first. Cyress knees are believed to assist in anchoring the tree in the soft, muddy soil.
Baldcypress swamps are some of the world's most productive ecosystems.
Baldcypress wood has long been valued for its water resistance thus called 'wood eternal'. Still-usable prehistoric wood is often found in swamps. The somewhat-mineralized wood is mined from some swamps in the southeast, and is highly prized for specialty uses such as wood carvings.
Friday, May 14, 2010
My Dearest One Thousandth is revealed to me as LIVESAY GRAFIX of Morristown, TN. I am, of course, loving the acrylic paintings of fantasy trees found in their shop:
Sending out a big lovey Thank You to the 1,000 users
on Etsy who have 'favorited' my shop
It's very easy to quickly add a shop to your favorites list with a small action button on the sidebar of each shop---and you can even 'heart' a particular item.
It's very reassuring to find that so many shoppers enjoy my offerings.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
#10 steal this cookie (Sept. 13, 2009)
#9 sticks N cones (April 16, 2008)
#8 Vintage Roadshow (Feb. 1, 2009)
#7 Decorated War Hero Turns 90 (Dec. 13, 2009)
#6 what did you call me? (Dec. 15, 2008)
#5 view from my front door (March 27, 2008)
#4 ancestor makeover (August 10, 2009)
#3 safety first (August 22, 2008)
#2 You Are Worth The Time (May 9, 2009)
#1 *BAD HAIR DAY* (June 11, 2008)
Friday, May 07, 2010
This is Harry's War Diary
Harry says 'raid hour' for radar. It's a new technology that he is striving to understand. Just as he adapted to the workings of navy ships, he's finding his own among the planes. Harry is a big fan of the flying fortresses, and has mentioned them many times in his diary.The camp sign photo was taken in Reno, NV before the war, when Harry's was in the "C.C.C." The Civilian Conservation Corps.
Return to Edge of the Wildwood next month and read Harry's 1942 Christmas post from Guadalcanal.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Any man who says that he is not scared when these bombs start to fall, or from the shelling on the beach, is a "darn lie". It's very nerve wracking. After the bombers or bombadiers have left each night and we have the All Clear signal, every sound that you hear whether it's a truck, a motor, or one of the PT boats (mosquitos) that patrol around the island it sounds like an airplane.
We can distinguish the sound of our planes from theirs when they get a few miles from here (by ear). These Jap bombadiers really sound like a washing machine (no kidding). I don't think I will have much use for a washing machine if I ever do get home.
The rumor is now that we will be out of here in 45 days. And that we will be back in the States by April 15th or 18th. We are going to be put on a 30 days quarantine before we do get back and also be given a Turkish bath and have our clothes sterlized. It's wonderful to hear that we're going home, but I'm not building my hopes too high, because anything can happen in 45 days (Feb 8). I won't believe it until we hit the States. Nevertheless, it's wonderful news and something to look forward to.
These mosquitoes sure dive bomb you when you get in your fox-hole.
This is Harry's War Diary
A Turkish bath? Well, Harry is counting the days (even though he didn't date these entries) and we get an idea of how long he might be on Guadalcanal.
He must've made peace with washing machines... later in his life, Harry didn't have any long-term aversions to certain things because of the war. He liked to keep his vehicles running, and he provided well for his family.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
Sunday, May 02, 2010
By growing along rivers and streams, Cottonwoods are able to survive forest fires and thrive with wet roots. A very thick, cork-like bark affords this tree further protection from the elements.
Cottonwoods can live to be over 100 years old, establishing itself as Champion of Hardwoods. Like their relative, the Aspen they share the same shaking, shimmering leaves.
When the heartwood rots in the larger limbs and trunk of a Cottonwood a windstorm can break one of the hollow branches off, providing access to the interior. They are favored amoung squirrels, raccoons, opossums and honeybees as a ready-made home.
If you are lucky enough to break a Cottonwood twig just right, you might find a tiny star inside. Native American tribes believed it to be where the stars in the sky come from. According to legend, the wind sent them to the sky from the trees.
The bark of the Cottonwood can be an ideal medium for artisans. The soft bark is easy to carve, and can be harvested in the fall after a tree's death.
Cottonwood is one of the worst woods to use as wood fuel. It does not dry well, and rots quickly. It splits poorly, because it is very fibrous. If you ever managed to light it, you'd find that it produces a low level of BTUs.