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Friday
Apr182014

Atomos

 

Something for your Friday. Beautiful clip of Wayne McGregor's (see Infra) new choreography, Atomos. Described as "atomising bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation". Definitely full-screen for this. Music is by neo-classical ambient composers, A Winged Victory for the Sullen. [NOTE: A Winged Victory for the Sullen records on the innovative and imaginative Erased Tapes label, as do two of my favorite musicians/composers, Ólafur Arnalds (see Near Light and Haegt, kemur ljósiỗa) and Nils Frahm (see Nils Frahm)].

Thursday
Apr172014

More Cabins at Camp Deerpark

And, speaking of beautiful white pine boards and gorgeous roofs (see Roof Aesthetics 2), this is what the ceilings in the new cabins at Camp Deerpark look like. All of the boards shown, even the joists and the 8x8 center posts, were grown, cut, milled, and planed on-site. What a lovely bit of carpentry and nature to reflect on as you are laying in your bunk looking up (bows to the Camp Deerpark Forestry Stewardship Team).  

Wednesday
Apr162014

More Growth Rings

And speaking of growth rings, the rings widths on these Pinus patula boards at the INFOMASC (Industria Forestal Maderera de Santiago Comaltepec) sawmill in Oaxaca are pretty impressive. Not surprising, really, because I know that these forest are very well managed - and FSC certified. 

As emphasized by the sign in front of the sawmill, "Profitable Forests" (Bosque Rentable) are "Sustainable Forests" (Bosque Sustentable). [NOTE: Our tree growth workshop (see Growth Bands in Comaltepec) was held in a restaurant right in front of this sawmill. Fitting].

Tuesday
Apr152014

Cabins at Camp Deerpark

To tie everything together, the forest management operations at Camp Deerpark (see Elias Drops A White Pine, Tree Marking II) produce the logs that are run through a small sawmill (see Camp Deerpark Forestry) and turned into boards which are then used to make beautiful cabins for the camp (see above). What a great, totally integrated system for using/conserving a small woodlot in the Catskills. [NOTE: All the boards shown above are white pine (Pinus strobus L.) and all of the cabins are being built with loving care by the incomparable Kenton Baer and team (bows of gratitude, Kenton).

Monday
Apr142014

Tree Cores

Spent the weekend at Camp Deerpark (see Camp Deerpark Forestry) taking cores from the commercial tree species in the forest. The growth data collected from the cores will be used to recalculate the allowable cut each year. Its been years since we've done this, and the forest has been logged several times and we have also done some timber stand improvement. There's a very good chance that the residual trees are growing faster as a result of our management efforts.

Analysis of a few of the cores suggest that this is exactly what is happening in the forest. Look at the white pine (WP) and Red oak (RO) cores shown above (the ones with the red bars). The annual ring widths, i.e. growth rates, during the past seven years - the period delineated by the red line - are notably larger than those shown to the right of the red bar. The management activities at Camp Deerpark are clearly having a positive effect on the forest. The wider growth rings are a tree's way of smiling.