The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Great Designs in Wood (19) - Classic Woodies

Go Wooder Jeff Wartluft, who also happens to be a classic car buff, sent these great photos of classic "woodie" automobiles along. Since the beginning of the year is also a great time to look back in order to think forward, they are a timely topic of interest.

This 1948 Chevy convertible is a classy-looking thing, isn't it? Usually we think of a woodie being a boxy wagon, but this one proves that you could go wood and be cool, too. I like that.

The classic woodie. A 1942 Chrysler Town and Country. The modern minivans of the same name are almost blasphemy, I say.

How about this 1948 Packard? A roadside picnic in the country takes on special meaning in one of these.

The Brits had a fondness for wood, too. This Austin A70 Countryman was the envy of every well-to-do country squire in its day.

But the American woodie station wagons of the 1940's were the zenith of the art. The Pontiac photos below display the luscious detail that steel-sided cars just can't match.

Here's a neat Chrysler wagon, with wooden surfboards to match. You couldn't get cooler than that. Where's Annette Funicello when you need her?

Think they'll ever bring back the Woodie? Maybe we should start talking about how much carbon could be sequestered if all the cars in the world were woodies...we might get somewhere with that.

Closing with a snappy video, with a tune that really sets the mood for cruising in a woodie.

If you're hungry for more, visit the nice website And here's a great blog about a fellow restoring the woodwork on a 1948 Chevy wagon.

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