"Lunar Rhythmicities in the Biology of Trees, Especially in the Germination of European Spruce: A New Statistical Analysis of Previously Published Data" by Ernst Zurcher and Rodolphe Schlaepfer
Excerpt: "Slight but statistically significant lunar rhythmicities were revealed by this new analysis. One of these fluctuations is found in the germination rate from sowings shortly before Full Moon, compared to those shortly before New Moon."
"Looking for differences in wood properties as a function of the felling date: lunar phase-correlated variations in the drying behavior of Norway Spruce and Sweet Chestnut" by Ernst Zurcher
Excerpt: "These lunar rhythmicities occur in both Picea and Castanea, in heartwood and sapwood. These results raise new questions and perspectives about a rhythmic character of the wood–water relation."
Among the different rhythms observed and statistically confirmed for 3 principle criteria was water loss, which for spruce varied systematically between the fellings just before the full moon and those just after. This type of variation is probably due not to differences in initial water content, but to the fact that the forces binding water to the cell walls of the ligneous tissue could be subject to fluctuations.
Traditional knowledge, in form of so-called rural rules, indicates that the date of tree felling has an important influence on wood quality. The main factor, after the season of the year, is said to be the position of the moon. The objective of the presented project was to study the variability of some user-related properties of wood, by analyzing measurable parameters.
In each of these cases, felling at the “right date” is thought to be an important factor to ensure the required properties of the product. Moreover, the rafting of timber used to be limited to certain days of the Moon cycle, when the water was supposed to carry the wood in the best way.
Moon wood: wood from the right time (moon wood)
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The entire raw material process is closed without involvement of chemicals and can thus guarantee a friendly and sustainable production. This structure is very unique among the otherwise globalized ways of the timber industry.
The production process goes further with respectful handling of the precious raw wood and the preservation that aligns with the earth's habitat. Holz100 stops and completes its production at the world's largest moonwood sawmill, a planing mill and two factories.
The basis for such high quality wood forms the total forest ecosystem which does not destroy it during harvesting, but becomes sustainably managed. Thoma has a certified network of forest farmers who are exclusive and traceable to the specifications of harvest.
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The added value starts at Thoma with the ideal time of harvesting. In the right time, in addition to the season and the moon phase taken into account, forms the basis of a lasting quality of wood.
The company has international patents, including the glue free, doweled, solid wood construction "Holz100", registered with a partnering network of over 100 companies as pioneers of industrial ecological construction. Today, the company Thoma operates the world's largest moonwood sawmill.
Nutrients are attractive to insects and when wood is aging, protein and carbohydrates are broken down, leaving 30-50 year old buildings immune to infestation. It is important therefore to allow wood to season slowly and naturally before working with it.
It is best to use wood which has been harvested at the right time. Treat all wooden components before installing them with a boric salt preparation. Boric salt is a naturally occurring substance and is classed as harmless in the ecological building industry.
It doesn't like conifers at all and only the light colored types of leafy trees (like maple) or the periphery of some trunks are edible. In the northern hemisphere, this tropical migrant can't fly from one home to the next; therefore, new infestation is hardly possible.
The Common Powderpost Beetle is not native to Europe; most likely it was introduced with imported wood from the tropics. Even though it is able to infest dry wood in our cold climate, it doesn't feel at ease here. It doesn't enjoy the European species of trees.
At first this appears as a danger to anything made with wood. But only at first glance! Let us have a closer look at why constructive building methods have defied this trio for hundreds of years:
Common Powderpost Beetle
Natural wood protection against insects
Here the situation is similar, a dry and protected build doesn't offer any chances of survival to most insects. There are only three specialists for dry wood:
Only those three species are able to live in dry conditions.
I am not demonizing all norms and regulations here; however, it simply is erroneous and destructive to reduce our relationship with trees to numbers and regulations. Sorting out and grading the quality of building wood by counting the branches of the trees doesn't result in buildings which last for centuries.
In a carpentry workshop in Salzburg I found a carpenter family where four generations worked together. Of course they only laid floorboards when the moon was waning: "My great grandfather has done this successfully and obviously we too make sure we use the moon phases to our advantage." Those were the words the young carpenter used to confirm the longstanding tradition in his wood workshop.
The ideal time to set fence posts is when the moon is waning and in an earth sign like Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus.
Professional carpenters can make good use of this gravitational pull the moon has on earth. A wood floor laid when the moon is waning doesn't shrink creating gaps and also makes less sound when walked on.
You yourself can try out these energies in other contexts as well. Wooden fence posts never should be erected when the moon is waxing. After the next frost they will loosen and decompose faster. Fence posts set when the moon is waning or new seem to sit tighter in the ground and also last longer.
The moon's gravity directly influences the absorption and the release of moisture in any being or object which contains water. While human, animal and plant cells absorb when the moon is waxing, the earth absorbs water and nutrients when the moon is waning and the earth releases moisture and nutrients when the moon is waxing. It is a perfect symbiotic process.
When the moon was waning however, it seemed additional and unseen powers were released. The water gouges deeper ditches and trenches into the roads, landslides occurred more often and afterwards, much more maintenance and repair works were necessary.
When I was a forester in my district at the 'Karwendelgebirge', I was looking after a wide work of graveled roads. Dirt roads always experience the biggest damage when we have heavy thunderstorms in midsummer.
I noticed then, that thunderstorms and heavy rains created less damage when the moon was waxing. Usually there was just some gravel debris to be removed.
"I just had a look at them", explained the father. "The three which you put in at the right time, are still filling up nicely with water. The other two however, don't have a drop of water in them. The water runs past behind and underneath the trough."
When the carpenter told me this story, it was clear to me why.
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