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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.
Some natural driftwood sculptures appear to resemble something – a face, a cloud, an animal, a ghost, a hand and so one. We often see customers who wish to buy a driftwood sculpture because of its resemblance to something and to others who just admire the natural shapes and grains inherent with most driftwood sculptures.
As a driftwood stockist we welcome both trade and retail enquiries. If you are located outside of our immediate location in Surrey we can provide pictures of selected driftwood pieces and driftwood sculptures that may interest you and your budget.
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