Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A Real Thong Tree
Not long ago, Pablo wrote about possible Thong Trees at his properties. I had never heard of such a thing, although that is understandable as I believe there may be other things I don't know...yet.
According to Pablo, the first people in the area used leather thongs to force a tree to lean in a certain direction. This was for the purpose of marking trails. A young tree would be staked into the desired postion and held there by the thongs until it grew into that position.The bent tree would then act as a living sign post pointing the way to go. How elegant and clever.
I am happy to announce that I have found evidence of this same activity on my property. I came across this Thong Tree while walking the northwest corner of my woodland. As you can see in the picture, a young oak has been thonged to mark some kind of trail.
Later today, after I get home from work, I will post the Girdle Tree I found.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:24 AM