Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ever See a Polack Pine Tree?

The Crooked Forest

During the 1930s, a grove of around 400 trees was planted in the West Pomerania region of Poland that grew crooked. Today it's known as the Crooked Forest. To this day, no one knows why they grew this way. Some people have speculated that they were purposely bent by placing weighted objects on them in an attempt to grow crooked wood for certain wood working projects that required bent wood such as rocking chairs or boats. However, that's just a guess. What makes these trees even more mysterious is that another grove of around 200 trees was also planted during the 1930s in the Savoy Mountain State Forest of Berkshire, Massachusetts, and it too grew crooked.

Savoy's Crooked Forest

For some reason, the Savoy tree grove has disappeared today; however, at least one former ranger from the area insists they have not gone away, but instead have grown to such a height that you have to look up to see the bends that used to be near the ground in the old days.

Isn't it strange that two groves of trees, both planted during the 1930s in two different parts of the world would grow crooked like this? Weird.


  1. Great trees! When ours do this, and they do it much higher up, it's because they wrapped around another tree or branch that has since fallen. Maybe they did weight them. If so I wonder why?

    1. I don't know. If I wanted bent wood, I would do it the old fashioned way by heating it up and applying pressure. Then I could bend it to any arc/angle I desired. I'm not sure what good it would be to have wood that's pre-bent when the arc/angle probably wouldn't be exactly right anyway and would most likely have to be redone. There was obviously some kind of force used o these trees though.

  2. Mind bending. Works of art! Wish we knew who the artist is!