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Perfect Wood For Shipbuilding

The mighty oak

Live oaks are loved.

“Of all the Texas oaks, perhaps none is as well known, beloved, or venerated as the live oak. In part, live oak is respected for its incredibly strong wood, which played a critical yet all- but-forgotten role in maritime history. … In the age of wooden ships, live oak was the strongest and most durable shipbuilding wood that grew in the nation, possibly second only to teak for the best maritime wood worldwide.”

—Matt Warnock Turner, Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives, University of Texas Press, 2009