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Bent trees in Gryfino Poland.. (Any answers)


nunczka 8 | 458
24 Jul 2012 #1
In a tiny corner of western Poland, in Gryfino (not far from Szczecin) a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward.

Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or "Crooked Forest," is a mystery.

Upon further research, and because of the uniformity of age of the trees, we suspect this is a man-made curvature. If that's true, the best explanation would be that these trees were trained as "compass timbers" for shipbuilding or as material for other woodworking.

forest in Poland

ripleys.com/weird/daily-dose-of-weird-wtf-blog/strange-places-and-customs/crooked-forest/
p3undone 8 | 1,135
24 Jul 2012 #2
Could it be the species of tree?
pip 10 | 1,661
24 Jul 2012 #3
if you read it they suspect it is man made and has something to do with the ship building that went on in Szczeczin.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
24 Jul 2012 #4
When you say man made,do you mean bred that way?
OP nunczka 8 | 458
24 Jul 2012 #5
It is possible that the early Poles had the knowledge to train trees to grow very much like the Orientals do with BONSAI
p3undone 8 | 1,135
24 Jul 2012 #6
I believe it is possible,I also believe that it cold be natural.
jon357 63 | 14,254
24 Jul 2012 #7
It is possible that the early Poles had the knowledge to train trees to grow very much like the Orientals do with BONSAI

Not that early since they were planted in 1934 and not Polish either, since Gryfino was Greifenhagen, Germany in those days.

The trees were trained that way as saplings for use in carpentry. It takes about 10 years and is easy. Not unusual at all. the only curiosity is that due to the war and the loss of those territories by the forest's owner there was nobody who understood what they were for and therefore they were never harvested and the pines grew to full size.
OP nunczka 8 | 458
24 Jul 2012 #8
Not that early since they were planted in 1934 and not Polish either, since Gryfino was Greifenhagen, Germany in those days.

The trees were trained that way as saplings for use in carpentry. It takes about 10 years and is easy. Not unusual at all. the only curiosity is that due to the war and the loss of those territories by the forest's owner there was nobody who understood what they were for and therefore they were never harvested and the pines grew to full size.[/quote

Excellent answer.. It all makes sense.. Even the part that the location was in Germany.
jon357 63 | 14,254
24 Jul 2012 #9
The same thing is also done in Poland, sometimes even now, but the trees are usually felled young.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
24 Jul 2012 #10
That is a good answer,I definitely can't refute it,seeing how I know next to nothing about trees.
OP nunczka 8 | 458
24 Jul 2012 #11
Jon. You brought up an interesting point. After your explanation, I went into Google and found out that the western part of Poland was under German rule.. My Mom was born in Torun.. This was all a part of Pomerania. She told me stories of her early life in Torun.. She attended a German school and was taught to accept the Kaiser as the leader.. She spoke fluent Polish and German.. But along with her family they considered themselves Poles..

Question?? How did the Kasuhbians figure into this?
jon357 63 | 14,254
24 Jul 2012 #12
Quietly. Most were farmers living in fairly cut off villages so political issues went on without them. Those who lived in cities didnt have it so easy, as Gunther Grass (himself Kaszubian) said, they were ''too Polish for the Germans and too German for the Poles''. Nevertheless national and political identity wasnt always clear cut. The population was a mix of different identities, with many mixed families. German was themdominant language in public life, whatever tha language used at home.

One sad story is about the expulsion of some of the Prussian locals after the war. They weren't Gernams at all, nor were they Kashubians, Polonised Grmans or Germanised Poles. They were just the original inhabitants of the region who weren't supporters of the 1948 Polish government and didn't have the language skills to pretend they were Polish enough to avoid expulsion.
Palivec - | 380
24 Jul 2012 #13
This was all a part of Pomerania

No, it was not. Torun was part of Pomerelia, Gryfino was part of Pomerania. One was inhabited by Poles and Germans, the other was purely German. One belonged mostly to Poland, the other one was part of the HRE since the Middle Ages.
boletus 30 | 1,366
24 Jul 2012 #14
A related story: Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, aka Coast Live Oak.

Live oaks were once prized for their naturally curved limbs and trunk, used by shipbuilders in the 18th Century to fashion the ribs and planking of tall sailing ships, such as "Old Ironsides." Refitting that ship in the 1980's included specialty pieces cut from live oaks in Texas that had been killed by the oak wilt fungus.

Live oak was widely used in early American butt shipbuilding. Because of the trees' short height and low-hanging branches, lumber from live oak was specifically used to make curved structural members of the hull, such as knee braces (single-piece, inverted L-shaped braces that spring inward from the side and support a ship's deck). In such cuts of lumber, the line of the grain would fall perpendicularly to lines of stress, creating structures of exceptional strength.

/wiki/Live_oak
Bratwurst Boy 5 | 9,877
22 Feb 2019 #15
[Moved from]: European Tree of the Year

What a cool award....one of the best EVER!!!!

treeoftheyear.org/home

Important: Not so much the beauty is the deciding facter (is there something like an "ugly" tree???) but the history the tree has witnessed.

Poland entered the contest with the "Kneeling Tree" and made it even to the finals.

The story of this tree:
treeoftheyear.org/Stromy/Klecici-strom

Go vote!!!! :)

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