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Jepson Field Book volume 10 page 44 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 10 page 44
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Briceland  - A woodsman here says: Yew [Taxus brevifolia] is a very durable wood, very hard, lasts forever, never rots. Man by name of Harkey found Yew logs in old river terrace on Larrabee Creek and got them out and split them up for fence posts. They've been in 10 years and show no sign of rotting. Sometimes the log stuck out of the ground and he followed it down. Mostly buried 2 ft. Yes, all made land. Creek nowhere near there now. Was made before first settlers came there 50 years ago and must have been made a long time before that  Harkey lives about 7 miles from Blocksburg. Yew is used for mauls & furniture. - Redwood tree felled and top burned; is sprouting near cut end from slender woody cone-buds similar to those on Salix lasiandra as noted at Berkeley. Reminds one of    ::::::::: June 11, 1903.  Blue Gum sprouting at the Hardwood Mill of Gillispie at San Jose. Lower end anchored in cement and upper used to support a heavy brace chain. The upper end had out a sprout 8 in. long when I was there. All this, in both cases arises from excess sap in tree and when that is exhausted there is an end to growth. - Mr. Whiteman says Maul Oak is used for "slugs" (wedges) - 75% of Tan Oak trees on slope near Briceland are ring-circle trees. These trunks are always of very uniform size. - Borers in felled tree, working in bark, enter from outside, leave clear passages behind them. Work in pairs. Head first. -- Mr. Mott
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