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Treen (wooden)

'''Treen, '''literally "of a tree" is a generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of wood. Treen is distinct from furniture, such as chairs, and cabinetry, as well as clocks and cupboards. Before the late 17th-century, when silver, pewter, and ceramics were introduced for tableware, most small household items, boxes and tableware were carved from wood. Today, treen is highly collectable for its beautiful patina and tactile appeal.

Anything from wooden plates and bowls, snuff boxes and needle cases, spoons and stay busks to shoehorns and chopping boards can be classed as treen. Domestic and agricultural wooden tools are also usually classed with treen.

Before the advent of cheap metal wares in industrialized societies, and later plastic, wood played a much greater part as the raw material for common objects. Turning and carving were the key manufacturing techniques. The selection of wood species was important, and close-grained native hardwoods such as box, beech and sycamore were particularly favoured, with occasional use of exotics, such as lignum vitae for mallet heads.

Wooden objects have survived relatively less well than those of metal or stone, and their study by archaeologists and historians has been somewhat neglected until recently. Their strongly functional and undecorated forms have, however, been highly regarded by designers and collectors.

The scholarly study of treen was greatly advanced by Edward Pinto (1901–1972), who started collecting in his childhood and wrote a definitive book on the subject. In 1965, when Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery purchased his collection, it contained over 7,000 items.

Treen (St Levan)

Treen is a small village in the parish of St Levan, in the far west of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is about inland from Land's End on a short unclassified spur road from the B3315. Treen overlooks the Penberth Valley and sits about inland from Treryn Dinas, an Iron Age promontory fort, or cliff castle, with five lines of fortification. On the headland is the Logan Rock and to the west is Pedn Vounder tidal beach, which is popular with naturists. Treen Cliff is to either side of Treryn Dinas. The village has a popular pub, The Logan Rock Inn, a village shop, cafe and campsite with views to both Logan Rock and nearby Porthcurno.

Treen lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

The first records of the name is Tredyn (1304) and Trethyn (1314) and means farm + fort; being near the cliff castle at the Logan Rock. A description of the village by Francis Kilvert who visited Cornwall for two weeks in 1870:

... and we came to a strange bare wild village where everything was made of granite – cottages, walls, roofs, pigs "crows" (sties), sheds, outbuildings, nothing but granite, enormous slabs of granite set up on end and roofed with other slabs.

This village should not to be confused with the hamlet of Treen, in Zennor parish on the north coast, above Gurnard's Head.

Treen

Treen may refer to:

  • Treen, alternative plural form of tree, obsolete today
  • Treen (wooden), articles made of wood
  • Treen (St Levan), a village on the south coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England
  • Treen (Zennor), a hamlet near the north coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England
    • Treen Cove, a tidal beach near the hamlet of Treen on the north coast of the Penwith peninsula
  • Treens, fictional aliens in the "Dan Dare" space stories
  • North American burl treen, a type of Amerindian wood carving
  • David C. Treen, the first Republican governor (1980–1984) of the U.S. state of Louisiana since Reconstruction
  • John S. Treen (born 1926), Louisiana businessman and politicians
  • Mary Treen (1907–1989), American actress
  • Treen, at one time an administrative unit (a subdivision of a parish) in the Isle of Man
  • Treen Cliff, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) located on the Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall, UK, 6 miles (9.7 km) south-west of Penzance
  • Treen, Cornwall (disambiguation)

Treen (Zennor)

Treen is a hamlet in the parish of Zennor, on the north coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It lies along the B3306 road which connects St Ives to the A30 road. At Gurnard's Head nearby on the coast is one of the many cliff castles on the Cornish coast which was formerly a Coastguard Lookout. To the east of Gurnard's Head is Treen Cove. The area is owned by the National Trust.

The Gurnard's Head Hotel is situated on the B3306 and in the 1960s was noted for a totem pole at the front of the building.

It is not to be confused with the larger village of Treen on the south coast of the Penwith peninsula, less than 10 miles away.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Treen

Treen \Treen\, obs. pl. of Tree. `` The shady treen.''
--Fairfax.

Treen

Treen \Treen\, a. [AS. tre['o]wen.]

  1. Made of wood; wooden. [Obs.] `` Treen cups.''
    --Camden.

  2. Relating to, or drawn from, trees. [Obs.]
    --Spenser.

    Treen liquors, especially that of the date.
    --Evelyn.

Wiktionary

treen

Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) (form of Alternative plural form tree English). Etymology 2

a. (context Now chiefly dialectal English) Pertaining to or derived from trees; wooden; made of wood. n. 1 Household articles made of wood. 2 (context Now chiefly dialectal Scotland English) A large wooden platter.

Usage examples of "treen".

Treen was his name, and Treen wore every device and doohickey that Salino did not.

For February, it was a cop even beefier than Treen helping a stranded motorist change a tire.

Finally, it was as narrow as a broomstick and Treen slid it back into its tube and stuck a cap on the end.

Luther got them out the door, nothing said, just the irritating sound of Treen tapping the tube against his leg, like a bored cop with a nightstick looking for a head to bash.

The officers got out and had a word with him, then Treen shooed the kids away and released Luther from the backseat.

Salino said, glancing at Treen, who was driving with white knuckles in a successful attempt to keep his car no more than five feet behind the police car in front of them.

Not that one could call Marianne Treen serious: she was the gayest and most lighthearted of all possible causes of dissension.

There had been nothing remarkable in little Marianne Treen before she went south to boarding-school: in fact Tom could distinctly recall that he and Jack and Harry Denver had thought her a silly creature, with freckles on her nose, and a tiresome way of intruding where girls were not wanted.

Brighton, Mrs Treen had brought her home to Treen Hall, and the neighbourhood had renewed their acquaintance with her at one of the assemblies at High Harrowgate.

He had slipped away from Treen Hall, and had driven himself home by the light of a full moon.

Marianne Treen would have been a grand jest if it had not been so tragic.

Of the enamoured wind among the treen, Whispering unimaginable things, And dying on the streams of dew serene, Which feed the unmown meads with ever-during green.

In the borough most kitchenware was of wood or cast iron, with other metals generally to mend splits in the treen, wooden, dishes.

How deadly like this sky, these fields, these treen, To trappings of the tomb!

Of the enamoured wind among the treen, Whispering unimaginable things, And dying on the streams of dew serene, Which feed the unmown meads with ever-during green.