Wood is Good September 03 2014, 0 Comments
It's true! You Design. You know. Wood is Good.
The lone Lenga Tree reaches for the sky reminding us our universal connection to wood. This tree captured the
imagination of photographer, Max Seigal, so much so that he returned to make this photograph, walking several
hours at night to get back to it. Trees should not be able grow where this tree lives. This tree defies the odds and breaks the rules. That is wood.
Our wood comes from forest similar to the one below. What creates our fascination with wood? Wood is Natural. No refining. No mixing. No pouring. No chemicals.
It grows. It regenerates. At Patagonia Legacy we craft each dining table, side table, from Lenga. Stable, fine grained
and a joy to work using hand held tools, our Lenga comes to us freshly harvested from the mountains of Patagonia.
The forest above has already been forested. Amazing!
No clear cutting. No grid-like mechanized plantation. Only a select few trees are taken.The forest is left to regenerate
as only nature could orchestrate. This is a forest that looks like magic to me. How many times did I see this scene in
real life. Feel the fresh cool air pulled by a deep inhalation pass through your nostrils to enrich the feeling only a forest can
bring to the doorstep of our souls.
Go on, take it in....
Do you know about wood grain?
Design work blends patterns and disparate materials into a harmonious whole. Wood grain results from the patterning
of each individual tree's reaction to its environment. Wood grain Fibers that constitute vessels of life, avenues of nutrients
that lift life from the very earth we walk on to reach for the sky. Were you in love with wood first and then trees?
I used to think that before I fell in love with wood, that I had fallen in love with trees. Looking back, one of the first compositions most of us build is A TREE HOUSE. Before I fell in love with wood.
Wikipedia provides this cool excerpt which sounds mostly correct:
Wood is a hard, fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. It has been used for thousands of years for both fuel and as a construction material. It is an organic material, a natural composite of cellulose fibers embedded in a matrix of lignin which resists compression. Wood is sometimes defined as only the secondary xylem in the stems of trees, or it is defined more broadly to include the same type of tissue elsewhere such as in the roots of trees or shrubs. In a living tree it performs a support function, enabling woody plants to grow large or to stand up by themselves. It also mediates the transfer of water and nutrients to the leaves and other growing tissues. Wood may also refer to other plant materials with comparable properties, and to material engineered from wood, or wood chips or fiber.