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Lively Oaks

Recently I took a vacation with my family to South Carolina, and while my wife and kids indulged in beaches and ice cream, I gawked at the amazing live oak trees, imagining their woodworking potential. These are some of the photos I took on my walking tour of Beaufort, S.C.

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The huge and stately, live oak trees stud the terrain of the Deep South, providing a sense of majesty to the lawns and streets over which they spread their branches. Called “live” because they do not shed their leaves in the fall as do deciduous tree species, they remain green through the cold seasons. These trees often provide a home to Spanish moss, which cascades from them in light green garlands.

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One of the densest, heaviest hardwoods, it is excellent for support beams and for use in the shipbuilding industry. It also makes good fuel, but because of its density, is difficult to split.

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Happy Woodworking!

JR

Eagle America’s Creative Director

 

For more information, visit:

Florida Forest Trees:  

http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4h/live_oak/liveoak.htm

American Forests:

http://www.americanforests.org/productsandpubs/magazine/archives/2003fall/inprofile.php

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_oak

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  1. September 13, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Nice looking tree with personality…lol nice

  2. December 21, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Oh you should see some of the beauties up here in the mountains, we just restored a property that has one at least 500 years old parked out front !!! I like the picture of “low clearance” protect the tree !

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