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RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks instead of steel joints

Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks instead of steel joints
From: Howe, Ron
Date: May 11 2022 15:09:45
I think you'll find ship builders have been doing this all for nearly a 
thousand years but it's nice to put it all into modern perspective.

Ron Howe
Tree Officer (Planning)
Mole Valley District Council
Tel. 01306 XXX XXX
Website -www.molevalley.gov.uk


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On Behalf Of Jim Quaife
Sent: 09 May 2022 22:00
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using 
tree forks instead of steel joints

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-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Tim Errington
Sent: 09 May 2022 21:30
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks 
instead of steel joints

Jim, I've always promoted splitting firewood as a means of gaining a greater 
understanding of wood structure, its strengths in different directions and 
also how forks are structured and react to pressure from various 
angles..........the kids didn't fall for it though, still have to split all 
my own firewood!

Cheers, Tim

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of Jim Quaife
Sent: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 3:33 AM
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks 
instead of steel joints

The work that Duncan has done is fascinating, but at the risk of sounding 
dismissive (which I'm not), anyone who has split firewood in any quantity 
with an axe will know that it is nigh on impossible to separate a fork.
When looking at forks one is looking to see any indications of inherent 
weakness from whatever stimulus.  One the basis that trees are 
self-optimising there is no reason to suspect that a fork is week, and from 
looking at storm damage (from even before 1987!) some forks failed, others 
didn't and there was a stem/branch fracture above others.

On another tack, perhaps we could revert to the main function of uktc which 
is to exchange knowledge and opinions, and to ask questions, while keeping 
the blood pressure normal!
Jim


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[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Michael Richardson
Sent: 09 May 2022 14:31
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks 
instead of steel joints

Forks = Duncan Slater

Look it up yourself.

Michael Richardson B.Sc.F., BCMA
Ontario MTCU Qualified Arborist
Richardson Tree Care
Richardsontreecare.ca
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On Thu, May 5, 2022 at 5:45 PM Wayne Tyson <wt750mv@xxxxxx.com> wrote:

Need (comparison) test results. Great opportunity for study of factors
leading to failures. References to research?

The "forks" depicted appear to be hardwoods.

WT

On Thu, May 5, 2022 at 4:39 AM Jonathan Hazell <
go2jonathan.hazell@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

Dear all,

Make of this what you will

"Discarded tree forks could replace load-bearing joints in
architecture projects using a construction technique developed by
researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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