Forest Keeping and Sticky Tree Butts

Sticky Tree Butts

Thanks to  The Seneca Family of Companies

Saw oil bottle stuck in the side of a Douglas fir.

Oftentimes, the butt of a tree is a place that contains abnormally high quantities of sticky resin.

As loggers cut a tree, the resin would build up on the saw blade, and make it hard to pull the saw through the wood. For small amounts of resin, the loggers had a solution – kerosene. Kerosene is a liquid somewhat similar to gasoline. To the loggers, its virtue was that it dissolved the resin on the saw blade and made the sawyer’s job a lot easier. Referred to as “saw oil”, each sawyer kept some nearby in a saw oil bottle.

The hooks were purchased or made in many cases and attached to an old wine or whiskey bottle. The bottle was filled with kerosene or occasionally stove oil. The hook was stuck into the bark of the tree being fell and was close at hand.

See Morris Pike’s fun story about Seneca – The Miracle Working Sawmill

Forest Keeping and Toothpicks

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As far as can be empirically documented, the oldest demonstrable human habit is picking one’s teeth.  Neanderthal skulls have been unearthed that show signs of teeth being picked by some kind of tool.  Toothpicks have been around for millennia.

Today, Diamond manufactures about 90% of all of the toothpicks sold in the United States. The manufacturing involves steaming the wood, rotary-slicing it into toothpick-thick veneers, rough-dimensioning and shaping the toothpicks, and tumbling them against one another to smooth their surfaces.

A cord of wood will yield 7,500,000 toothpicks.

From the Editor:

How many cords of wood can you get from a tree? Google points out that a tree’s diameter is measured at a height 4 1/2 feet from the ground (DBH), so, if trees 5 inches DBH are harvested for firewood, it will require 46 to 55 trees to make one full cord of firewood. However, one tree 22 inches DBH will produce one full cord of firewood.




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