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Information About Driftwood
Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto a shore or beach of a sea or river by the action of winds, tides, waves or man. It is a form of marine debris or tidewrack.
Most driftwood is the remains of trees, in whole or part, that have been washed into the ocean, due to flooding, high winds, or other natural occurrences, or as the result of logging. Other sources include the remains of man-made wooden objects, including buildings and their contents washed into the sea during storms, wooden objects discarded into the water from shore (flotsam), dropped dunnage or lost cargo from ships (jetsam), and the remains of shipwrecked wooden ships and boats. Erosion and wave action may make it difficult or impossible to determine the origin of a particular piece of driftwood.
In some waterfront areas, driftwood is a major nuisance. However, the driftwood provides shelter and food for birds, fish and other aquatic species as it floats in the ocean. Gribbles, shipworms and bacteria decompose the wood and gradually turn it into nutrients that are reintroduced to the food web. Sometimes, the partially decomposed wood washes ashore, where it also shelters birds, plants, and other species. Driftwood can become the foundation for sand dunes.
Driftwood from New Zealand and the south west pacific area only becomes available during the wet and wild months between November and January. Huge storms and Hurricanes will churn the sea beds and deposit the driftwood ashore from which we make our selection for our driftwood sculpture collection. Outside of these months there is very little driftwood to be found.
We do not supply driftwood sourced from rain forests, all of our driftwood is sourced from beach locations in the south west pacific and has therefore been sculpted by the motion of the waves and naturally bleached by the sun and salt water. Some driftwood will have stones that have fused into the wood – testimony to its age!!
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