A 600-year-old Japanese forestry technique of creating a tree-platform for other trees to grow upon can help prevent deforestation and results in stronger, more flexible, perfectly round straight timber.
Ancient Forestry Technique Produces Timber Without Cutting Down Trees
You may be familiar with the term “bonsai”, which is a Japanese term, literally translated meaning “planted in a container”. It’s a horticultural technique that creates miniature versions of regular-sized trees for ornamental purposes. There is, however, a similar technique used in Japan that is much less-commonly known around the world. Sometime in 15th century Japan, a horticultural technique called daisugi was developed in Kyoto. Written as 台杉 and literally meaning platform cedar, the technique resulted in a tree that resembled the upturned palm of a hand with multiple trees growing out if it, perfectly vertically. Daisugi uses many of the same principles as bonsai, however the results are quite different. Instead of tiny ornamental plants, the technique produces timber that is stronger, more flexible, perfectly round and straight, and reduces the need to cut down other trees. Below are some amazing photos shared to Twitter by Wrath of Gnon, and their comments about this fascinating subject; along with other cool images from around the net.
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