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Forum topic by Curtis posted 10-29-2015 01:14 AM 1160 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2015 01:14 AM

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Will putting a few nails in a poplar tree when it’s still alive make the purple and green show up more in the wood? Someone told me an old man would put nails in the tree then take them out at a later date and the results where having a lot more green and purple than normal.

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 03:43 AM

It seems to me that that should happen. The colorations in the wood are just minerals. That being said, if you put a nail in the tree, you should have iron oxide spread through the wood, producing the streaks of color. If you end up doing this though, you should mark the nails to make sure you don’t hit them while milling the wood.

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 04:39 AM

An old guy that used to have a sawmill would/or wouldnt saw a log by checking for color streaks from nails or wire in the bottom of the log. If he could see color, he would cut chunks from the bottom til no more stain showed. (obviously a metal detector would have saved him a lot of time, he didnt use one) So anyway, yea I think it would work but I dont know how long it would take, a year or 20 years?

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 03:20 PM

This is an interesting idea although, as benny says, the results would not be harvested for many years. I wonder about putting the nails into the roots where the minerals may be drawn up the trunk with other nutrients.

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 04:04 PM

It works, but they need to be in there roughly 20-30 years. :-)

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