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Sawmilling Eucalyptus: a Galician tradition for over 70 years
Posted by Gus on 5/26/2010, 10:17 am
Eucalyptus globulus: a noble wood from Galician planted forests (II)
Today we will keep walking along the timber ecosystem to show you how plantation grown E. globulus logs become sawntimber, and how those solidwood products keep generating added value and jobs, besides unique organic, renewable, recyclable and environmentally friendly shapes, colours and textures: we will start exploring the nobility of Galician eucalypts.
Fig. 1: Plantation grown Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) lumber grade logs (Galicia, Spain). The Tasmanian Floral Emblem has been milled for high value solidwood uses in Northern Spain for over 70 years. (Click image to enlarge) It all starts with a wood log. That wonderful piece of a tree efficiently and naturally built from light, water and carbon recycled from soil and air. For the case of Northern Spain, such logs are sourced today from productive tree plantations established along the developing coastal Eucalyptus rainforest of Galicia during the 20th century. Wooden fruits of the tireless work of dozens of thousands of tree growers, landowners and silviculturalists, carried on voluntarily at their previously nearly treeless properties.
It would take some time until a new hardwood arrived, von Mueller's Prince of Eucalypts and a bit more until its cultivation for industrial timber supply purposes became noticeable. But, again, Galician sawmillers and timberjacks adopted it and adapted to it, this time aided by machines. Galician Eucalyptus sawmills were born.
Read the full story, see images of the sawmilling process and final products, at EUCALYPTOLOGICS
Link: EUCALYPTOLOGICS: Info resources on Eucalyptus cultivation worldwide