Showing posts from June, 2013

A Beautiful Violin Postscript

The previous violin posts featured the finest woods, the finest instruments, and the finest craftsmen in the world. So how do you top that?

Only with the power of the human spirit, which can be as powerful in the least of us as it is in the greatest, if only sharpened with care, patience, and love.

Although the only wood used in these instruments comes from discarded boxes and pallets, I don't think music ever sounded better.

Tip AmountOption 1 $2.00 USDOption 2 $4.00 USDOption 3 $10.00 USD

Wood-Turned Lampshade Threatens the Destruction of the Pine Rainforest

Another neat video shared by Go Wood reader Tom Donnell. This time, it's a wood-turner producing a wooden lampshade from a section of pine. There are a lot of great wood-turning videos out there, and I like them all, so I haven't posted one yet that I can recall...but this one has great production value, and is among the best I've ever seen, so here it is.

There is a side issue controversy about this video that I think is worth considering. For some reason, many people who viewed the video expressed concern about the issue of "wasting wood" in the process...enough people, so that the person who posted the video felt compelled to post the following defense:
" !!! Please before you write a negative comment about the waste of wood, please realize, this is fast growing pine, it had already been cut down to be used as firewood, the centre of the log is sap wood and is very poor quality, and all the wood chips are reused in another way, for heating, or in the garde…

Great Designs in Wood (44) - The Roentgen's Berlin Secretary Cabinet

Fred Deneke of Arizona sent this along, and an amazing piece of mechanical woodworking it is.
"One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size. This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens. Footage courtesy of VideoART GmbH and Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.-…

4FRI Update

You may remember what I called "the Most Promising Wood Industry Story of 2012", the public/private partnership between the US Forest Service, community groups, and the Southwestern timber industry. Patrick Rappold, the Wood Utilization and Marketing Specialist for the State of Arizona, recently shared some nice follow-up on the project.
"Just wanted to pass along some interesting news from Northern Arizona.The Vaagen Brothers hosted an open house on Wednesday May 29, for the opening of the Four Corners Forest Products sawmill in Eagar, AZ. A mobile HewSaw is being used to process small diameter trees that are being removed as part of the White Mountain Stewardship Contract on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The open house for the mill coincided with the two year anniversary of the Wallow Fire. What eventually became Arizona’s largest wildfire; the Wallow Fire devastated 538,049 acres of forests. While most of the acres burned did occur on the Apache-Sitgreaves Na…

Why We'll Never Run Out of Energy

Here's an excellent discussion with the science/history author Charles Mann. After viewing the video I went out and bought his book 1491, and am really enjoying reading about the Americas prior to the coming of the European. Understanding what the Americas were really like, not the romanticized vision of it that we have all been brought up to think, gives one a different perspective on natural history and stewardship of our natural resources. I highly recommend 1491 and his most recent book, 1493.

The video is a long view (slightly less than an hour), so find a good time and comfortable spot, and prepare to be presented a slightly different view of the world than you get from CNN. Description of the video from the YouTube site.
"Tierney and Mann discussed why the industrial revolution wouldn't have happened without imported rubber (1:40); why the locavore movement (of which Mann counts himself a member) is a fraud (3:58); how China screwed up its agriculture (8:30); Mann&#…