Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The origin the word of "treen"

Karen at Greenwalks was asking about the etymology of the word "treen," which is used to describe a wooden utensil, door handle, latch, etc.

According to my Compact Oxford English Dictionary, the word is Middle English and derived from the Old English treowen (wooden), which in turn comes from treow (wood).

Here are a couple of examples from my gates:

I like using treen for things like handles and doors--it adds a little character and it costs nothing (frugal is good!). The handles last a long time, too. I have one on a screen door that are probably close to a decade old and shows no sign of wearing out.


  1. Love character in the garden. Looks like yours has tons.

  2. Tons of character makes up for all those scraggly plants...;-)

  3. I love the way you're using branches to make structures and even handles in your garden! I didn't even know what a treen was and now I'm thinking about how I can make some of my own :-)

  4. Your treens are true treasures. My Uncle Bim used handles like that too..did you know him?

  5. Hey, thanks for the explanation and link! You are the best. Happy Thanksgiving, I love the treens!!!

    - Karen

  6. PS I was just wasting time on a Facebook game (Pathwords) and got a chuckle when I found and successfully used the word "treen"! :) Thanks to you, of course.


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