Sunday, 23 February 2014

The loss of our hardwoods

                                                                                                                          On my recent travels around the local area I have been astounded by the huge amount of huge mature trees that have fallen  victim to the recent storms. Among these I have seen ash, oak, beech, walnut and yew just to name a few. So what you might say?                                   The unfortunate thing is that nearly all of these have ended up being chopped up for firewood. As a woodworker who is also a keen woodturner  I see this as a terrible loss of raw materials. This amount of mature hardwoods in a country with as little aforrestation as Ireland might only come around once in a generation. What a shame.

                 This is the main trunk of the tree whose leaves are pictured above. I think it is a walnut tree. I would appreciate any help or opinions on a definite identification of this one.

  This is one of a number of large yew trees that have fallen i a nearby graveyard. These trees are possibly a couple of hundred years old and like the one pictured above and many, many more are all destined for firewood.


  1. I too ,
    As do you,
    love the yew,
    I also love a good fire,
    But a thing of beauty
    Should be a joy forever,
    Alas! disappears as flames grow higher.

    1. Thanks James,
      Very nicely put. We must travel tomorrow to see that other yew tree that we spoke about. It's time to liberate some lumber.