In a tiny corner of western Poland, in Gryfino (not far from Szczecin) a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward.

Upon further research, and because of the uniformity of age of the trees, we suspect this is a man-made curvature.  If that’s true, the best explanation would be that these trees were trained as “compass timbers” for shipbuilding or as material for other woodworking.

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