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What's this?

Postby simon » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:41 pm

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I cut through this in a sycamore log. It looks like someone drilled a hole and pluged it. The tree was growing in a garden. Were they looking for disease or what?
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Re: What's this?

Postby Davie Crockett » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:01 pm

It's probably been tapped for syrup. How high up the trunk was the bore hole?

I've tapped silver birch before, it takes a couple of days to tap a gallon of sap when it's rising.

Looks like yours was tapped about 3-4 years ago.
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Re: What's this?

Postby simon » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:57 pm

I just got a log, ready cut, so I don't know where it came from in the tree.
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Re: What's this?

Postby rogerspianocat » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:55 pm

Looks like a wall plug go me.
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Re: What's this?

Postby mstibs » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:41 am

A Syringe?
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Re: What's this?

Postby simon » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:46 pm

rogerspianocat wrote:Looks like a wall plug go me.

I agree, but why would you need to use a plug? Not too hard to screw into a living tree.
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Re: What's this?

Postby Davie Crockett » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:33 pm

It could be a "Medicated" plug.....http://treecareproducts.com for systemic treatment of the tree.
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Re: What's this?

Postby simon » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:16 pm

Not many people try to look after, what I would guess, was a self sown sycamore. But it could be.
It has now been treated with a chain saw. And they are going to treat the stump so nothing comes back. Such a problem, this ability of trees to coppice.
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Re: What's this?

Postby Woodyrock » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:17 am

Interesting find you have, looks plastic, which is good if you do find objects hidden within ones wood. Steel objects are hard on chains, and the users. Whilst in the furniture trade the shop in worked in had a load of Mahogany from the Philippines that was full of bullets from WW II. We discovered that when a planer was spitting bullets all about the shop like a machine gun. The Armour piercing ones took chunks out of the planer knives. Luckily no one was hurt. After that we had to check each stick with a metal detector, and pry out the bullets.
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Re: What's this?

Postby simon » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:28 pm

Yes glad it was plastic. I am used to nails and wire where the tree was used as a fence post.
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Re: What's this?

Postby Bob_Fleet » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:21 pm

Woodyrock wrote:After that we had to check each stick with a metal detector, and pry out the bullets.
After environmentalists started 'spiking' trees in the American forests some saw mills had them fitted as standard so it didn't wreck the blades. Not sure if they still do.
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