Firstly, I must begin this article with a disclaimer to ensure that I do not find myself on a NSA watchlist. I do not condone the use of tree spiking unless it is absolutely necessary in defending the integrity of a forest. These techniques must be used very sparingly, or else one is bound to face legal troubles, or even jail time. Depending on where you are located, getting caught spiking trees can land you up to three years in the pen. This means that I would normally discourage this technique. However, when one is desperate, one must do everything within one’s power to protect the Earth. This may or may not involve the deliberate insertion of spikes into prospective trees to deter loggers from cutting that area.
Secondly, I must say that there is one reason that we environmental activists spike trees, and one reason only. That reason is to deter foresters from logging old-growth trees. The reason that foresters would want to stray away from spiked trees would be because it is very dangerous and possibly damaging to both sawmills and chainsaws to attempt to cut into a tree that has a six inch metal spike hidden inside of it. This being said, a wise company would be unwilling to begin logging on a forest that they are very aware is spiked, Therefore, it is for the benefit of the trees that we spike them. It is for the protection of the natural world from the industrial empire that we, as environmentalists must learn this useful skill.
If you wish to begin tree spiking, there is a few tools which you must acquire before you begin your operations. The most essential tool that you must have as a tree spiker is a fairly large one-handed sledge that has sufficient weight to effectively drive spikes into a tree. The second most important element of tree spiking is the spikes themselves. These can be found at any standard hardware store for about 40 cents each. When buying the spikes, one should always make sure to acquire spikes that are at least six inches in length. Any shorter than 6 inches, and the spike will probably not have sufficient length to cause damage to the logger’s equipment. Those two pieces of equipment are the primary tools, however, there are many other tools that one can use to further their tree spiking experience. One may wish to acquire a set of heavy duty clippers at their local hardware store. These may be used to cut the end off of the spikes once they have been put into the tree. This technique allows the spikes to remain hidden from loggers if the logging company has instructed them to check for spikes that may deter their progress. Along with these heavy-duty clippers, one would surely wish to acquire a set of goggles to protect one’s eyes while clipping the heads from the spikes. This is simply a safety precaution that one should take to avoid the loss of an eye in the process of tree spiking. These items are only the bare bones essentials that one may use to spike trees, however, there are always more elements that one may use to either remain hidden themselves, or hide the spikes within the tree.
The most common technique that can be used to spike trees is the insertion of spikes at varying heights along the tree. One must begin by taking a spike, and placing it at a downward angle along the side of the tree, so that the end with the head is facing outwards. The placement of this spike should be angled at approximately 45° downwards from the side of the tree. One should definitely avoid placing the spike at an angle that is perpendicular to the ground, as this will not be very effective at damaging the sawmill. Now, once the spike has been lined up against the tree, one may use their other hand to drive the spike into the tree using the sledge. Depending on the strength of the tree spiker, this should take four or five hits before it is fully driven into the tree. Continue hammering the spike until it is flush against the bark of the tree. The spike should be fairly hard to spot from a distance if it has been correctly hammered into the tree. If one is to ensure the effectiveness of their tree spiking, one should repeat this process at various heights along the trunk of the tree.
The second, less common strategy used by tree spikers is the insertion of spikes at the bottom of the tree, where the logger is more likely to use a chainsaw to cut it down. The same techniques as described above should be used, except for the fact that one should concentrate two or three of these spikes at the base of the tree. If a logger comes into contact with one of these spikes with his or her chainsaw, it will temporarily disable the logger from continuing their logging operation until they can replace the blade. If these setbacks are repeated again and again, it is highly likely that the logging company will cease operations or find ulterior methods, due to both physical and financial inefficiency of the logging operation.
In addition to these two strategies, there is a technique that greatly increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the tree spinking operation. This technique involves the cutting of the heads of the spikes to better hide them from metal detectors and loggers. In using this technique, one should hammer the spike into the tree until there is approximately one inch of the spike sticking out of the tree. Next, the spiker should use his or her clippers to cut the head of the nail from the spike. One should make sure to wear protective goggles when employing this technique. Once the head of the nail has been cut off, one should continue to drive the remainder of the spike into the tree until is in near invisible amongst the tree bark.
This essentially concludes the basic techniques of tree spiking. A more advanced and comprehensive guide will be published shortly. Again, I discourage the use of tree spiking unless it is completely necessary to preserve the fate of the forest. However, tree spiking can be a very financially effective deterrent for environmentalists on a budget. This strategy to protect the beautiful forestry of Earth is highly effective at discouraging logging companies from continuing the destruction of forestry and the furthering of the industrial empire.