CURRENT PROJECTS - Moonphase Wood Harvesting

The Timber which will be used for this project was cut in the Helderberg Nature Reserve according to Moon Phase Harvesting Principles.

Moon Phase Harvesting is an ancient method of preserving timber by cutting wood according to the phases of the moon. Like the tides of the ocean, the moon also influences the rise & fall of the sap in the wood. The wood is cut when the sap is lower, which is in the autumn & winter months i.e. hibernation period. During these months the sap in the tree is at its lowest in the days before the new moon. The lack of sap therefore is a natural protection that prevents insects & fungus from infesting the wood & thus increases its durability. The trees are left to dry (cure) for 4 to 8 weeks in the forest with their bark, as well as the crown of the tree and a few side branches with leaves left intact. This also reduces the amount of cracking & warping that occurs as the timber dries out. By propping the stem up and drying with branches and bark, the gravitation helps the tree to pull the last traces of sap to its branches as it dies.

Benefits:

  • Superior Quality
  • No Infestation of Insects
  • No Cracking, Splitting or Warping of Wood
  • No Toxic Poisons needed
  • Longer Durability
  • Lower Carbon Footprint
  • Extracting lighter timber uses less diesel
  • No kiln drying needed

When to cut: During the 3 days before the New Moon, but only between the Autumn Equinox & Winter Solstice.

Moonphase Info Poster
Moonphase Info Poster
The Radiata Pine Plantation 1
The Radiata Pine Plantation 1
The Radiata Pine Plantation 2
The Radiata Pine Plantation 2
The Felling Process 1
The Felling Process 1
The Felling Process 2
The Felling Process 2
The Felling Process 3
The Felling Process 3
The Felling Process 4
The Felling Process 4
The Curing Process
The Curing Process
The Felling Process 5
The Felling Process 5
The Radiata Pine Plantation 3
The Radiata Pine Plantation 3
 
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