Mike Haasl wrote:I know!?!?! There are thousands of square miles of pine plantations in my state that are barely worth cutting for pulp. If they could be turned into rot proof timber in two years, it would be world changing.
I'm just not sure if the species matters or other factors. Why didn't this practice spread if it has worked so well? Hell, even if only 1 in 10 trees turns out rot proof it would be worth it.
Mike Haasl wrote:I know... So maybe there are some reasons why it's too good to be true. There's a forestry equipment place near me that sells harvesters and other large equipment. I bet they could design a machine to clamp onto the tree that climbs up it and scars it quickly. That way they could "prepare" a pine plantation pretty quickly.
Mike Haasl wrote:Found it! Here's the machine I was thinking of that could maybe be redesigned to scar trees on purpose:
Trace Oswald wrote:
Maybe you could design that and I could rent it from you... I think you would just need one blade to dig in deeper on the way up. I'm not sure bark has to be removed randomly the the video of doing it manually worked. Maybe one strip up the side would do as well.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:
I think there is a method to the "random debarking" to me it looks quite regular... staggered cuts in both directions (circumference and elevation) which would lead to a uniform "bleeding" of the tree. One long scar is the sort of thing you see where a limb has torn off, or where a car crashed into tree, or a lightning strike, and the trees survive those.