Friday, September 17, 2010

The Magic of Tree Rings

Did you know that tree rings actually record history?  Dendrochronology is the science of dating past events through the study of tree rings.  Each year trees add a new layer of wood to their trunks and branches.  This results in the the pattern of "rings" which we see when viewing a cross-cut section of the tree.  The size and character of rings actually vary according to weather and climatic patterns allowing scientists to confirm what weather conditions were like in past years.  During dry years rings will be thin, while in wet years they will appear relatively thick.  Soil properties and catastrophic events such as insect infestations, fire and even human events can also affect rings and provide scientists with nature's own special record of history.

The beauty of tree rings and their magical account of history can be seen in each of our unique olive wood coaster sets.  Each set of four coasters are cut from the same branch so they are matched in size and by their distinctive shape(s).  They are then sealed with a natural matte finish to ensure their durability and long life.

While enjoying the practical usefulness and beauty of these coasters, allow your imagination to consider the history each ring represents of the land where the tree grew.
Written By:  Teresa R. Hendry

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