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Favourite softwood

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3 hours ago, Yournamehere said:

Are we talking planks logs or standing?

I love to see a douglas fir on a misty horizon: all gappy and swirly, they remind me of a dancer twirling around with scarves and skirts all swirling in the campfire smoke. Thujas I love when they are in a garden and have dropped their fronds on the lawn and I'm cutting the grass underneath, the whole garden smells of spicy oranges and lemons and mothers making marmalade in the kitchen. Hibas - dolabratas - for their smell and the scaly lizard like scales; wellingtonias for being so breath-takingly massive  and their golf-ball cones; cryptomanias for being uncommon yet always recognizable; dawn-redwoods shining like fire in an autumn sunset; hemlocks for their elegance; leb cedar for their beauty and their structure; monkey puzzles for keeping me in touch with my eternal child - if your heart doesn't cry, 'dad, dad monkey puzzle tree' when you see one driving along, why bother going out?; did they used to be monkey pizzle trees? Did they get bowlderized? I like to think so*. What else? Coast redwoods for not being wellies. Theiy're all good; they're trees!

 

[But then I like to pronounce pinus as penis :) ]

Drops mic and walks off stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thats true poetry right there folks.

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4 hours ago, Yournamehere said:

 did they used to be monkey pizzle trees? Did they get bowlderized?

Can’t remember now where I read it, possibly in one of Alan Mitchell’s books, but when they originally discovered someone said they would puzzle a monkey to climb. 

 

Maybe they they started as ‘monkey puzzler’?

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9 minutes ago, Gary Prentice said:

Can’t remember now where I read it, possibly in one of Alan Mitchell’s books, but when they originally discovered someone said they would puzzle a monkey to climb. 

 

Maybe they they started as ‘monkey puzzler’?

Myth Busted!

...and swept up and slung in the bin.

 

Monkey Pizzle it is then. :)

 

sigh

 

OK, I suppose so <walks away, kicks stone>

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1 hour ago, Yournamehere said:

OK, I suppose so <walks away, kicks stone>

Sadly, that comment and the image it portrayed has been the highlight of my day.

 

Probably wrong, but I think the 'puzzle a monkey' comment was actually attributed to someone. I seem to recall something about a plant hunter/collector and his patron discussing the tree when it was shipped back. Then again I might be delusional. 

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13 hours ago, neiln said:

I quite like leylandii, its pretty dense for a softwood, denser than cedar by a way.  Yew for the energy win though.

 

My favorite for very close to oak like density, easy to split, easy to light .... so long as you don't have to deal with th prickles.....Holly.  Always grab that when my tree surgeon mate has some in the pile

The threads about favourite softwoods, ya can't have holly :001_tt2::D

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23 minutes ago, neiln said:

we not?  Holly is a soft wood....isn't it?  its ever green, so i thought that made it soft, no?

Holly not softwood,burns good by the way

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