Woman takes road trip collecting wood from each state she crossed

A cross-country road trip visiting national parks is a pretty common itinerary. A road trip where sawmills are your focus is much more unique. Xyla Foxlin planned a trip to do exactly that.

Foxlin drove across the country — from Cleveland, Ohio, to Los Angeles, California — visiting a sawmill in every state she visited and making a map of the local wood she collected on her way. She posted pictures of her experience, and the map, on Reddit and answered questions from Redditors about the trip. She also released a YouTube video documenting her travels and highlights from her road trip.

In the comment section on Reddit, Foxlin explains that she managed to get some now-rare American Chestnut in Tennessee and petrified wood in Utah, as well as many other cool finds. Foxlin is also accepting wood donations from other states, and she has already received samples from Hawaii and Alaska.

The woods used on Foxlin’s map are:

  • Ohio: maple
  • Kentucky: Kentucky coffee tree
  • Tennessee: American chestnut
  • Arkansas: shortleaf pine​
  • Oklahoma: persimmon
  • Texas: mesquite
  • New Mexico: alligator juniper
  • Colorado: northern white cedar
  • Utah: petrified wood
  • Nevada: cottonwood
  • California: red gum eucalyptus and redwood

Photo: Xyla Foxlin/Youtube

Her video


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