Big and Powerful: Wood

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So misunderstood and thought so little of, wood has so many advantages and uses, but it doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

Durability

So little credit for its durability, I’m always hearing concerns about holding up to the elements.  Choose the right kind of wood and it can be exposed to temperatures over 500F, soak in water without rot, or build a solid, lightweight structure.  Each wood has strengths and weaknesses.  Use it properly, care for it regularly, and it will last forever.

Renewable resource

Wood is our #1 renewable resource.  Dirt literally turns into wood! And we have a lot of dirt on this planet.  Here’s how it works:  dirt turns into trees, trees turn into houses and things, our wood-stuff is eventually abandoned or thrown away, where it turns back into dirt ready to grow trees again.  It’s a perfect system. 

What about this problem with cutting all these trees down?  Stop buying the imported endangered species from other countries!  We have a wonderful supply of sustainably and locally grown lumber right here in the USA. Buy local, support local, sustain local.

Build anything

I think we’d all be surprised seeing the strange things built through the ages, from wood!  Kitchen utensils to houses, even parts of fancy cars.  New age manufacturing methods demand consistency at low cost.  That means no-skilled labor, the end of craftsmen, and the end of inconsistent materials like wood.

Unlike machines, craftsmen can think for themselves.  That means we can use the right wood for the right projects, or adjust the design to work best with what’s available.  It’s not always that difficult, but it’s part of the art of woodcraft that some of us enjoy.

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