There are a couple of reasons, just off the top of my head, why someone would do this. Ox yokes are curved in this way and would be much stronger if the wood grew that way instead of having to be carved. Another use could have been sled or sleigh runners. Same advantage over bending or carving. Fascinating though.
The trees were probably bent like that for building boats. the wood is stronger if it has a natural bend, boat builders would go out and look for trees with a close enough bend to it to fit their project, and i bet a farmer was trying to achieve this.
yep,i agree with the previous poster. I considered this myself years ago as a way of making strong arches for several projects. Someone with forethought and time did this. Maybe wagon wheels or arched doorways/windows or furniture. It takes skill to wet,bend & secure arches in any scheme.
It's called soil creep. As colder temperatures pervade the area, the moisture in the soil freezes and expands, displacing the soil and anything not held fast in it (ie. saplings), then during the warmer part of the day, thaws and retracts. Over days, tiny saplings can be moved to angles ranging from just slightly off 90° to laying flat against the ground as if they had fallen.
The saplings prefer very much to remain vertical, as their ability to be able to catch sunlight to keep photosynthesizing is dependent on it, so it will actually bend itself towards the sunlight, much like a sunflower turning its 'head' to face the sun. The result, these curved trunks of trees until they are old enough to grow straight up, and not be affected by soil creep.
This phenomenon is most prevalent on hilly terrain, as the steepness of the slope causes for more drastic soil creep. Science.
Its actually an act of nature. I live in the northern Rockies and we have trees like this all over our mountains. We call them pistol butts. What happens is smaller younger trees get buried under heavy wet snow that bends the trees over, and when spring comes the tree keep growing even under snow load and end up growing all bent and twisted like this.
so how exactly did they make them grown like this? I'm thinking something along the lines of embedding them with some sort of metal, such as iron, since they are all bending northwards? anyone else have another explanation?
maybe it is a mystery why dont you f**king leave it at that. and stop analyzing such awesomness. maybe the farmer was a stoner and was like yeaahhhh! lets make these crooked trees cuz it would look frickin awesome!
the answer is so obvious.... These trees had a whore pine tree mother who slept around with sunflowers; when the trees were born their wood was not very hard so the baby pine trees were able to bend and follow the sun just like sunflowers do; until one day when the sun was pointing north all the baby trees suddenly matured at the same time and their wood was hardened at the same time in that position,,, kindly note that the use of the terms matured,wood, hardened and positions was not intentional...
This is not speculation. The trees were planted and form-curved to provide ready-made parts for furniture, specifically Thonet bentwood rockers.
As previously mentioned, there is significant cost associated with the steaming and clamping usually involved, growing the parts would be a logical labor reducer.
As also mentioned, 8-10 years after the planting of said trees, the region was overrun, and the manufacture of furniture was interrupted first by the re-tooling of plants for the war effort, and again by the invasion. Ultimately, production of the chairs began again, but after the war most of the parts for these chairs was produced in Czechoslovakia.
someone was just drunk and thought "hey i'll bend this tree...and that...and that...etc. this.is.POLAND!
^ so stupid.
About "dancing pnie tree" forrest: one in Pniewo isnt only one in PL; another one is in Zasieki (http://maps.google.pl/maps?q=zasieki&hl=pl&ie=UTF8&ll=51.733275,14.671769&spn=0.020253,0.038581&sll=51.729261,14.691296&sspn=0.081018,0.154324&vpsrc=6&hnear=Zasieki,+%C5%BCarski,+Lubuskie&t=h&z=15). Actualy if u like misterious places Zasieki is the one that u travel to. There was german weapons factory complex, and u can find over 400 bunkers and buildings (industrial mostly) in hiden deep forrest. (Piniewo was military object as well but smaller) And the Dancing Pine Tree: my friend was studing dendrology and the final exam was about dancing pine tress, we actualy cut 3 of them with help of local renger so we ask about the story; it was grown by germans (in 1930 it was german terrytory ; look at he map of poland form 1939 : http://www.jura.pl/kultura_i_rozrywka/009%201938.jpg )at first was about to mess with grown cone (dont know proper name of it in english - science experyments anyways)and make tree to grown like spiral but later on they realize that it wont work that way. Local carpenters were very interessted in producing furniture of it. Not very mysterius doh. U see it take time to grow the tree and 9 years later II ww begin, than after war it become polish terrytory. Locals were moved to germany, new, polish setlers didnt go here coz it was mined (mines wewe taked of complitly in 2004 in Zasieki - dont know about Pniewo). Trught those 60 years knowloge was lost but fortunetly that ranger was same interestet in this temat as you all so he did reserches. Any questions? just ask. one more think Pniewo means n english tree-trunk; and links with pictures of Zasieki (not of dancing pine tree): http://fortyfikacje.legnica.pl/zasieki.php http://fortyfikacje.legnica.pl/zasieki-1.php And im very sorry for my english.
Several folks are attributing this to soil creep (or pistol-butting.) This site is too flat for that to be the case. Even if soil creep were occurring, the trees' response would be an even curve, not a straight stump followed by a curved bole.
A storm could do this, but the surrounding forest doesn't show this if the description is correct. With nearly every tree in a small area showing the same effect and none around it showing any effect makes a natural event an unlikely cause.
An explosion in the early 1940s in Poland doesn't seem out of the question, but trees should be bent in more than one direction - away from the explosion.
It makes much more sense that the trees were bent over (or broken) mechanically. Heavy equipment passing through could do this - deliberate or otherwise.
Boomerangs, definitely. My studies confirm this. I was walking through the park recently,watching two people throwing a boomerang. I was trying to deduce why a curved object appears larger as it becomes nearer to the observer,and then it hit me...........
we have trees similar to those where i live in california. the bend developed after a strong snowstorm blew in and left an unusual amount of snow for that time of year. the younger trees were damaged and grew sideways for the next couple years, but after that they began to correct themselves and continue to grow up towards the sky. these photos are great and slightly erie. keep up the good work!
What a bunch of dumb asses. Get a life. People suck. Who fucking cares. You could have people starving in a third world country and it would get less comments than something as stupid and useless as this.
this is obviously done by man and is part of some industrial forestry practice the only unknown is the purpose of bending the trees. it is obviously for some wood product that needs both strength abs a curve possibly oxen yolks or a boat keel
Its so you have something to hang your ass over while you take a shit outdoors. Perfect squatting height. No danger of falling over in your poo (or of getting pushed over into it by your jerk friends). Tree trunk to one side to hold onto for support. Perfect...and thoughtful.
This is caused when you prune the top of a pine tree off and all that is left is the lower branch to grow. They grow off the side of the stem hence the bent look. The branch starts off being completely horizontal but if you but the rest of the tree off it becomes the new leader and grows toward the light.
There are two theories being discussed the most here: man-made for industry or caused naturally. I will add 2 cents to each theory.
1. If they were man-made, the trees would have most likely been harvested at a young age as most bent wood applications use trees with 2 to 3 inch diameters. These trees would be planted in many adjacent fields of trees of different ages to ensure yearly harvest. This field was most likely abandoned as World War II was ignighting. Questions linger for me on this theory... Where are the artifacts of this enterprise? Where are the tools for harvest and consequently the actual product itself? Where are the records for operations like this? There should be SOME sort of historical record or local story. 2. Act of nature There are rare occurances in nature that would be able to manipulate trees in this uniform matter in such a local spot. Why aren't surrounding forrest manipulated in the same way? How were these trees bent in such a consistant manner? Tree growth in nature is mostly random and inconsistant.
These bent trees are exactly like the bending grains from CROP CIRCLES. England has the most numerous frequency of scientifically proven "alien phenomena" that produces actual biological changes to the areas affected within the Crop Circles. Look up these Crop Circles and you'll see. The patterns of Crop Circles is beyond a spoof. The plants affected have been vigorously examined and found to be bent, but not broken, nor killed. Carl G. Simpson, M.D. San Antonio, TX
This was to be an area in mid 1930's to be used as an outdoor gathering place and when the trunk would be cut down, there would be approx. 50 permanent seats now all facing the right direction for a performance.
Wake up people . If god were real(any god ever in any religion ever) then u would freakin kno it by now. Just cause ur great great great grandparents believed something doesnt make it true. Just like a lot if shit they thought was right that smart people like me know is not The shitty shit that happens around the world should let u know that no ones doin shit for you but you. There's no magic. If there is a god then he is the laziest person ever
they were pegged down with rope, moved slightly every few weeks in the growing season and used for furniture and plough harnesses - old polish guy had the allotment next to me and told me how and why he was doing it (new chair and pine needles to keep slugs off his peas)
Ирина Христова-Данкова Това природата е голяма работа - има обяснение и за този факт, а моето скромно мнение е следното, т.е. имам две преположения: 1) Имало е оставени отсечени дънери, но които са били с доста здрава структура и са биле от млади дървета, на коит...о за експеримент сигурно е била сложена присадка от иглолистната растителност от същата гора. Случилото се е станало преди много години, предполагам, че някъде са минали поне 80 години. Другите дървета, които се виждат на заден план са новоизраснали и те са си прави. Характерно за кореновата ситема на повечето иглолисни е, че тя е плитка и подадатлива при силен вятър, като височината на дървото е спомогнала за процеса на "извайване" да се наклонят.; 2) Може да е имало частично изкоренени дървета, които да се се захванали с "НОВИЯ СИ ЖИВОТ на ПО-РАЗЛИЧНИЯ СТВОЛ с ИЗВИВКА". И при двата случая, тогава времето е било студено и влажно. Бих казала, че дори е валяло много дъжд и непрекъснато, така че добре да подгизнат корените, след това е паднал сняг и пак дъжд, и пак сняг, при което от здравия ствол е избила устойчива на тези екстремни условия - коренова система. След година или две, когато младите фиданки са "тръгнали", вероятно пък се е появил постоянен силен северен вятър за няколко месеца, при което дръвчетата са продължили да се поддават и лесно са се огънали, като това е било доста продължителното духане. Вероятно, в района на тази гора от поне 50 години този природен катаклизъм не се е повтарял, но се очаква в бъдеще да се прояви при условие, че не стане някой пожар! Е, ефекта тогава няма как да бъде същия, защото вече имаме голяма ГОРА и всички дървета в нея, ще се крепят и пазят едно към друго и държат в еко-системата. В покрайнините на същата гора, може да поддадат само някои новоизникнали и/или новозалесени млади видов, но това огъване, няма как да се получи вече за старите дървета - ЗАСНЕТИТЕ на снимката, защото дънерите им са големи! И така споделих своето мнение, като се надявам, че има известен процент истина в предположенията ми. Поздрави и благодаря за хубавата снимка, ще потърся още инхормация за този природен феномен в Полша - ИГХрд
Anyone ever stop to consider it was just some really bored people? I remember doing similar things with tress tying them in goofy shapes more than 20 years ago at random spots out in the forest around my family farm. When I walk the same paths now I can still see some of the odd shaped trees that grew held in place for years.
At the time planted it was Prussian Pomerania, still separate from the German empire and it was probably a statement. Figuring they were turned in 1937, and turned to the North, that makes sense that it was done for that reason.
If it was planted in 1930 then it was planted by the German owner of the forest, since this place was at the time deep inside Germany, as it had since the middle ages. It should be possible to find the name of the farmer in the German records.
Technically I think he/she or his/her descendants are still the legal owners of the trees despite the Polish takeover of the land in 1945, just as those of jewish heritage can reclaim property taken over by the nazis.