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Sat 18 Jun 2005

Curing the Hopea sangal slices

Category : NUS

On Friday (17th June 2005) morning, Adrian, Mr Yeo and Cheng Puay were rounded up to deliver slices of the Hopea sangal tree to a sawmill able and willing to cure the wood pieces in "Copper Chromium Arsenic" - Raffles Museum News. Wes Nichols loved the sound of that chemical combination and laughed heartily at some ghoulish jokes.

The ride there was a brow-beating session between older mac users Adrian & I and our young padwan, Cheng Puay. He recovered quickly, and after an inexplicablee 12 hour wait, has started Flickr -> Blogger posts; see Canopy shyness.

Mr Teo of "Eastern Union Trading and Sawmill" promised to do a good job. It iss intersting to see how cooperative they were when Adrian, who first called him, explained we were using it for education. Reminds me of when Lekowala bought a frog from a kopitiam for a class. Educational efforts have many supporters.

We'll pick it up next Wednesday. It is supposed to turn a shade of green and I will have to add what we learnt about the Chromated Copper Arsenic preservative to the story of these timber slices from Changi.

This is yet another element in the story of the Hopea sangal tree that began isome three years ago in July 2002 - see the timeline. The Working Group that saw to its transfer to the zoo is conducting an annual Hopea sangal workshop for NYGH students who then conduct a programme for primary schools.

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