Monday, 24 January 2011

Natural Scaffolding

We spent a day in the woods yesterday and despite having spent many years visiting these woods, yesterday was the first time we noticed (to our shame) this superb Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) tree.

Obviously many years ago the tree was damaged resulting in the tree falling over to one side, the fall was arrested by another tree though and the Ash has made good on it's damage by growing a covering of bark over the damaged area, throwing up a new growing shoot and reinforcing the small area of bark and wood that was still attached, giving this amazing "eye" in the trunk.

We will be keeping a close eye on this tree now and when it eventually succumbs to natures reign, we will harvest it, as i bet it has wonderful grain patterns in it.


  1. I was wondering if that is the same type of ash found in the US? I know here it is the best wood to construct traditional woven snowshoes. I have a book on snowshoe making and the author has stated that other woods have been tried but none attain the quality that ash provides.

  2. Im not sure if it is the same species, Fraxinus excelsior (above) is used here for many different things, cant see why it couldnt be used for snow shoes, it's certainly good enough.