Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Things aren't always what the seem

Another nature posting from my husband, Mike -

In my travels to gather material for our business, I learn quite a bit about the trees I use. It's easy to just cut the tree down and bring it home to make the product and then sell it, but for me it also interesting to learn something from the tree.

This photo illustrates the fact that you cannot judge the age of a tree by its size.

These pieces were cut from two different ash trees. At first glance you would think that the larger sample is twice as old as the smaller. However, after taking a closer look (we all remember counting rings on large stumps), I found that the smaller piece is twice as old as the larger.

As best I could count, the larger piece (2" diameter) was 15 years old and the smaller piece (1 1/2 " diameter) was 30 years old! These small trees were found in the woods where there is a dense canopy, thus these trees did not receive much sunlight because of the taller trees above them. The two tree grew contently and happily yet very slowly.



  1. fascinating! What an interesting thing to learn.

  2. Very cool! I've counted the rings on a few of our tree blocks in the past. It's so interesting. :)

  3. well thanks for sharing, my 5 year old will love to see this!
    we love trees. learning about them and how to recognize them. (laughing as I write this but it is so true!)
    Today my dollie nearly cried as she picked up a tree that had been uprooted in a her they are very very real:)

  4. Hello Mike~Thanks for this post~I am just learning about all different types of trees. I grew up in NYC with practically no trees at all. What you said makes so much sense. It is nice to have the 2 right in front of you ~~ that you can count the rings and know how old a tree is. Blessings, Rose

  5. Thanks for posting this interesting fact! :0)

  6. We haven't had an opportunity to show our kids about counting rings yet but I remember being fascinated with it, I'm sure they will love it. Thanks for sharing your families journey to authenticity with all of us!

  7. It is so lovely to read this post and to hear of this mindful process of toy making. I look forward to taking out the tree blocks your family created for my family and I will count the rings with the kids
    : ) thank you!