Knotted Wood

Maybe it was something to do with the way that the planks were drying out, or something to do with the type of timber that had been used, but the cracked knot holes were really distinct in both shape and colour on this wooden pier, and looked like some crazy kind of deliberate decoration.

Whitstable Woodgrain

Whitstable Woodgrain 1 – 9: Rust-stained woodgrain in old railway sleepers recycled as fencing at Whitstable Harbour, Kent, England.

Information boards in the harbour area at Whitstable say that in the late 1820’s a company was set up to build a railway line linking Canterbury and Whitstable and to construct a new harbour there. The railway opened in 1830 and was the first to carry passengers in trains drawn by steam power. At that time, on the hilly sections of the route, the trains were pulled on ropes reeled in by stationary steam-driven winding machines. Stephenson’s Invicta locomotive hauled trains along the flatter section of the line near Whitstable. Because of its seaside connections the railway was popularly known as the Crab and Winkle Line. The harbour was built two years later in 1832.

Eventually trade declined in the harbour and the railway closed in 1952. It is interesting to speculate whether the old timbers shown in these photographs with all their wear, rust stains, and drilled holes are the actual wooden sleepers from that old Crab and Winkle Line.

Beech Tree Cut Timber Patterns

There is a lovely avenue of mature beech trees where I live. Sadly, because of the recent high winds and storms, one of these magnificent trees had to be felled as it was unsafe. Once it had been cut up you could see why. The base of the trunk was rotten and the fungal infection had spread throughout, leaving incredible patterns revealed in the cross-sectional slices of timber remaining on the ground. There was abundant beech mast and numerous small beech seedlings on the ground around the tree stump, so I hope that another tree will grow to replace the lost mighty one.

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Weathered Harbourside Timbers 1

Cross-sectional views of weathered wooden posts on the harbourside, showing remnants of green paint that highlight the wood texture, and also with patterns of radial and concentric splits appearing along the wood grain as the wood dries out and begins to rot.

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Driftwoodgrain Patterns

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (1) - Natural patterns in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon coast beach. The small black dots are lichen.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (12) - Driftwood on an Oregon beach with interesting texture and natural patterns of whorls and grooves. These wonderful textures, swirls, whorls, and grooves – sometimes dotted or patched with black or white – are natural abstract patterns of woodgrain (growth layers) decorated with encrusting lichen – photographed on a single large heavily-weathered and etched driftwood tree trunk washed up on a basalt-covered beach of the Oregon coast.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (2) - Natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (3) - Natural patterns in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach - with encrusting black and white lichen.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (4) - Natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (5) - Natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood, with patches of black and white lichen encrustation, washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (6) - Natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (7) - Wood texture - natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (8) - Wood texture - natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (9) - Wood texture - natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (10) - Wood texture - natural patterns of swirls and grooves in weathered driftwood washed up on an Oregon Coast beach.

Driftwoodgrain Patterns (11) - Large tree trunk driftwood washed up on a basalt covered beach in Oregon.

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Driftwood Textures Part 4

Natural pattern and texture in driftwood: Smooth, wet, satin texture and woodgrain pattern on a piece of driftwood found on the strandline at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (18)

Satin-textured and sea-soaked driftwood, stripped of bark and showing curvilinear patterns of woodgrain, found among the rubbish washed ashore onto the strandline at Rhossili Bay, Gower, in the UK.

Patterns in nature: Smooth, wet, satin texture and woodgrain pattern on a piece of driftwood found on the strandline at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (19)

Driftwood patterns: Smooth, wet, satin texture and woodgrain pattern on a piece of driftwood found on the strandline at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (20)

Woodgrain pattern: Smooth, wet, satin texture and woodgrain pattern on a piece of driftwood found on the strandline at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (21)

Sea-soaked driftwood: Smooth, wet, satin texture and woodgrain pattern on a piece of driftwood found on the strandline at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (22)

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