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, December 5, 2012

Ten of the most unusual wooden products ever made

Here's a link to a nice article we like to see reported in the mass media. 

It shows ten items the article authors considered to be unusual uses of wood. We at Go Wood know that almost anything you can make, we can make better with wood. One great example is the Vespa scooter below.

This wooden Vespa is handcrafted like fine furniture by Carlos Alberto.
That's the sort of thing I ought to be puttering to work in. According to the article,
"When you think of scooters it is hard not to think of Mods with flashing chrome and wing mirrors. But this wooden Vespa is handcrafted like fine furniture by Carlos Alberto. He came across a Vespa that was in complete disrepair, so he gutted it and carved a body from wood, which he then coated in a multitude of beautiful steam-moulded veneers with stunning results." 
The thing that is stunning to me is the amount of time and love that woodworkers put into their work. Visit the article to be equally stunned by nine other items.

Thanks to Craig Rawlings at the Forest Business Network for the lead.

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