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The Spirit of a Tree

Zimmer Furniture grain crosscut

At a young age, many of us are fortunate to be exposed to nature and natural things. I don’t remember the exact moment, but I do know that seeing a cross-cut slab for the first time. It left quite an impression on me. I can remember counting all of those thin squiggly lines and being amazed that each one represented a year in that tree’s life. The Outer Bark is like a protective skin of a tree, and the Sapwood which carries moisture and nutrients from the roots to its leaves is living tissue, then there’s the Heartwood that is the bulk of the tree, essentially dead cells no longer supporting life in the tree. And like an adolescent, Early Growth is typically the fastest growth period of the trees life; it’s the tree’s youth, while the Pith is the beginning of the trees life from when it was a seeding.

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