"Pine-tree-Knots" ( found only
the many great
treasures in Brazil is its natural
In Brazil grows the Araucaria also named
thousands of years
these large trees, towered up to 52 meters with a circumference of up
8.5 meters growing along the Atlantic Forest line of the Southern
long the lumber
industry exploited these Araucaria forests to the brink of extinction
little attention to what their unprotected future would reap. The
temporary lumber ”boom” generated thousands of jobs until the middle of
the 20th Century.
all great nations
struggling to regulate their natural resources for optimum benefit,
authorities now protect and regulate the in the past harvested
In fact, the extraction of any Araucaria or any other native tree
a special permit from local environment departments.
these great trees gave birth to the “Nó de Pinho” -
This natural product of fallen and aging trees is used exclusively in
as the best natural firewood available.
These resin impregnated
heavy pieces of conic shaped wood,
are the by-product of decomposed
of the big Araucarias buried under the soil for centuries.
30cm long Knots with a 15cm diameter can only be disintegrated by
from the “No de Pinho” will burn for hours. Those who add mature
Eucalyptus wood to the burning knots generate more
and burning time.
fire source will
not last more than a decade.
Farmers continue to unearth them
their fields. Once
unearthed, they are piled
as firewood, a source of
snapshot of our journey
past and forward as a nation managing resources for the
benefit of present and future generations.