Driftwood

Driftwood

Having lived near the California coast as a kid, I can remember watching my mother collect driftwood while we’d roast our hot dogs over an open fire on the beach. Later, she’d create different projects from her findings. She would sand the pieces down and sometimes varnish them. Some would remain just as they were, others she would add candles to them and give them away as gifts. 

Maybe because driftwood was part of my history, I always get a warm feeling when I see tumbled pieces of wood, the edges of which have been smoothed away by being in the water. I’m also amazed at what can be created with driftwood. Here is a famous sculpture by Heather Jansch. (Source) Photo from Pixabay.

In surfing the web, I also found a website that features not only a number of beautiful photographs of items made from driftwood, but that also suggests several ways to turn driftwood into profit. Check it out here.

Here’s a small bit of mythology involving driftwood: According to Norse mythology, the first humans, Ask and Embla, were formed out of two pieces of driftwood, an ash and an elm, by the god Odin and his brothers, Vili and Vé. (Source)

FunFacts about Driftwood (Source)

  • Driftwood is any kind of wood that has washed onto the shores of oceans, rivers, or lakes because of the tides or winds.
  • Driftwood can be a nuisance on some beaches or banks, but it does a lot of good as well:
    • In the ocean or on other large bodies of water, driftwood can provide shelter or even food for birds, fish and other aquatic animals.
    • The organic elements that decompose the wood, like bacteria and shipworms, turn the wood into nutrients that feed other organisms, fish and animals.
    • Once driftwood arrives on the shore, it can also provide shelter for birds and animals.
  • Driftwood can become a foundation for sand dunes.
  • Driftwood is used for all kinds of craft, art and furniture-making projects.

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21 thoughts on “Driftwood

  1. Lovely pictures. The ones with the horse(s) are amazing. So much vision and talent!

    I can’t say I have ever collected driftwood. Well not for artistic ventures. Firewood, probably. To many lakes and rivers around here not to have. But a good campfire . . .

    I do have a small piece that I keep though. I don’t even remember where or when I got it. But it had to have some significance at one time for me to still have it. Probably to commemorate some teenage event long since forgotten too. *sigh*

  2. The horse sculpture is amazing! I love furniture made out of driftwood. I stayed at a cabin in North Carolina once that had all the furniture made out of driftwood. I wish I lived somewhere that I could easily collect driftwood so I could try my hand at creating some art and furniture.

  3. The imagination can run wild when working with driftwood.

    I have two gorgeous pieces I found on a beach when I lived in Plymouth, MA.
    They have a striking silver sheen. One piece is curly, the other more straight with a slight curve.

    I have carted them with me through all my moves to different states.

    Currently, they reside here in NC.

  4. Some amazing pictures and I love the chair & horse the best-they are gorgeous. I have seen driftwood on beaches but I have never tried making anything with them.

  5. We have a waterfall not far from my home and it is an amazing fishing spot, but you should see all of the driftwood that washes up on the beach part there and along the rocks. There is probably enough to make 3 of those horses lol. What always amazes me is how light the wood becomes. It becomes light as a feather and of course so very smooth lol. I am with ya Caris…driftwood is pretty cool!

  6. I love the creative minds that can come up with things like the horse scuplture (or novels!). My mind is not geared to that but I definitely appreciate those who can.

  7. Hi, Everyone,
    Isn’t driftwood a fun topic, I think because we’ve all had some experience with it. I have to admit I’m very fond of the chair with the flowers on the seat. But my other favorite is the stump. I could see that as the base for a coffee table.

    There just isn’t a lot of driftwood in the desert, lol. Even though this area has been covered by seas four times in probably the last million or billion years.

    I do miss the ocean, but as Patricia said, I’ve seen more seaweed than driftwood. That’s because after childhood, my teen years were spent on the beaches of Southern California. Not much driftwood there.

    All for now! Thanks, everyone, for sharing your experiences and thoughts!

    Hugs,
    Caris

  8. Being from SoCal, most of what washes up on the beaches is kelp and seaweed. However, when I visited my grandmother, whose summer cottage was on Lake Superior’s north shore, I saw lots of driftwood. The shapes were fascinating and I always wished that I could have brought some back with me. Somehow I got the idea that the airline would frown on that, though. Here in the high desert, the only place to find any kind of driftwood is in the washes after flash floods have occurred.

  9. I just don’t have enough of an artist’s eye to see a figure when I find driftwood. Those are stunning, especially the whole horse sculpture. Thanks for sharing!

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