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Thread: where do driftwood/bogwood come from?

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    where do driftwood/bogwood come from?

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    I always wondered where they come from?

    Is it the forests? Or the swamps? From what kind of trees? What makes them have such interesting mangled shapes and holes?

    Funny I don't get to see them lying on the ground waiting to be picked up.
    But we know Tom Barr collects them quite easily in the USA.

    Any idea?
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    Not sure ....but bogwood reminds me of GUAVA tree really.

    I can tell that they look the same cos my parents did have guava trees when we lived in kampong many years back.....and kids then would use them to make catapults.

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    Some of our bogwood come from the Mopani tree. The ones that are dark on one side and light brown on the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aizaspurz
    Not sure ....but bogwood reminds me of GUAVA tree really.

    I can tell that they look the same cos my parents did have guava trees when we lived in kampong many years back.....and kids then would use them to make catapults.
    From your description, you're talking about the skinny branchy light coloured wood?

    I think the terms bogwood and driftwood are being mis-used or misunderstood. Not pointing fingers at anyone. I just think as a hobby, we've all not been very careful with our words.
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    I stand corrected......

    So, is the "skinny branchy light coloured wood" driftwood or bogwood?

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    Eh... I can't correct you... I'm not too sure about the actual usage either. I'll just call that driftwood.

    To me driftwood is fallen branches washed up along the banks or shores of bodies of water. Bog wood is wood found rotting in bogs.

    I think I read that Mopani wood is actually dried chopped up Mopani trees... i.e. not found in bogs. So technically, although it's commonly called bogwood...
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    Interesting. So do we have such mopani trees in Singapore? Cos' sometimes, really, I do feel the pinch paying good money for a piece of wood from an LFS when there are trees all around us waiting to shed their branches. And is it safe to use the wood from a guava tree for the home aquarium? Any other type of tree whose wood has good texture and suitable for aquarium use?
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    Mopani is from Africa.
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