Recently off the coast of Alabama, an amazing hidden secret was found on the ocean floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The rough waters of Hurricane Ivan uncovered a relic from centuries past, an underwater forest of Bald Cypress trees. Cypress has been given the nickname “Wood Eternal” because of its natural resistance to rot.
After seeing the Bald Cypress Cross-section at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website (below), which dates back to 1404 and includes the founding of Jamestown in 1607 as years of historical note, new interest was given to a gray, weathered round of sinker cypress in its “third-life” at the Albany Woodworks facility. The log cross-section, which
Albany Woodworks’ appreciation for Southern Cypress History told through Author Mattoon’s “The Southern Cypress”. Albany Woodworks’ President, Richard Woods, always had an appreciation for history, especially virgin growth southern cypress forests that were once prominent through the South. Wilbur R. Mattoon graduated in forestry from Yale University in 1904 after which he embarked upon his
The Story Behind Louisiana’s State Tree, the Bald Cypress! Taxodium distichum known as the Bald Cypress or Tidewater Cypress has long been valued for its water resistance. Thus, it is called ‘wood eternal’. Designated as the official state tree of Louisiana in 1963, it is considered to be a symbol of the southern swamps. This choice