Driftwood Terrariums

By · Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Driftwood Terrariums

Driftwood has always been a fascinating material for the use of the fine arts, hobbies, and animal and plant building environments. Driftwood can be bought in stores pet and craft supply stores. But it is free if you are willing to go looking for it! I can not think of a more pleasant past a fine comb beach in search of these treasures wash.

Not everyone is floating saltwater beaches. You will find driftwood on the shores of freshwater lakes and deltas brackish rivers. The type of driftwood to find on any beach depends, of course, What types of trees are growing in that geographic area.

The area of Trinidad, for example, offers some of the most beautiful timbers in the world. Due to the northeast of Trinidad mountains and hills have a lot of forest middle age and there are so many rushing rivers ranging from forests to the sea, is not old, petrified driftwood that collected by the basketful. But we must go to the beach before the beach cleaning crew rakes and burns it up! Here is a brief description of how wood became "floating".

The woods are full of Trinidad large trees, with names like Mora, Balata and Tamarindo, and the forest floor is full of traces of decomposition of these giants after a fall. Imagine orchids and vines cling to the roots and turn reinforced the branches of these large trees, while unsuccessful perhaps hundreds of years ago. Imagine a tree of this type. At some point in her life this tree fell. He was pushed by a storm or perhaps cut by farmers and rotting in the forest floor. Where it rotted and with parts of each rainy season and more and more cleaning of parts of this tree in the nearby river. Now, with each rain passes over the same Trinity river becomes a torrent that runs into the sea carrying out this wood with him. In the time it reaches shore has become hard as bone, soft layers of wood were gone and all that remains is what we call 'bone'. After a storm, the beach wood piles from the river. " While searching for driftwood this bone is also likely to come across wooden equally ancient trees bone living near the beach, like almond, sea grape and Hogwood.

Many of these pieces of driftwood are beautifully gnarled bone and fine-grained and last years and years. Not break down or decay. Each piece of wood is a work of art in itself, really, but when sanding and polishing the wood with beeswax reveals more beautiful of its grain and superb colors.

The best times to harvest timber are floating after storms and high tides. Time of day is important too. It is easier to detect interesting pieces in the morning or evening, when shadows.Tap wood on a stone or hard surface to ensure it is as hard as bone and not about to splinter.

Bone Mora is my favorite of all tropical timber because if you have a very dark, deep color, size and sand making it, and has a lot natural oils still in it (if not boil or bleach). Driftwood Bone is great for carving sculptures and jewelry. You can paint – acrylic work better – or collage with him. You can Windchimes, coat racks and racks of the same. You can build anything in your imagination with the trunk. Driftwood bone is magnificent in Bonsai, Terrarium, and nursery projects. Bone Mora (specifically) is heavy and sinks naturally in the aquarium. No need to be anchored in a clumsy piece of stone.

Julia Houriet works as a garden designer in Massachusetts, USA during the summer and leaves for the Oropouche Hostel in Trinidad and Tobago in the winter.

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