Tin Can Wood

The photo above is from Portland-based Bridge City Tool Works. They recently held the 2012 Rarest Wood in the World contest to discover (invent) the world’s rarest (fictional) wood species.

My favorite was the Tin Can Tree (Tincanis campbellsoupia), described as “an example of biomimicry,” having evolved an outer bark, resembling a tin can. I especially like the contained “growth rings” which, to me, suggest a kind of “stirring up” of the genetic contents.

Unfortunately the person who ‘discovered’ the “Tin Can Tree” must remain anonymous, since the names were redacted. I guess this was to insure impartial voting as per contest rules.

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