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


Monday, April 18, 2016

Great Designs in Wood (66) - Fabulous Furniture

Jeff Wartluft forwarded an email with these pictures attached. No details with them, but they are all so unique they're worth posting just for inspirational purposes.

This first table looks like it was harvested from the Lord of the Rings forest.

Remember the post on the reciprocal frame roof? Well, here's a really, really big one.

Love the symmetry of the legs and the table top.

Welcome home.

For the forest child who has everything.

Wonder what this guy would do with a redwood?

Elegance with function.

Does anyone else see "grub" when you look at these chests?

Absolutely awesome staircase.

What a great conversation table...for wood scientists to bore their guests.

The ultimate trophy room gun cabinet.

Now here's one I can afford...and would use.

As my daughters would say....Ahhhwwwwwwwwwww.

OK, now this one I want. Pass the rum and be quick about it, matey...arrrrgh!

Far better than a metal hook...

Very popular with first-time mothers.

Now that's what I call  a wood turning.

What a great way to save an old heart for posterity.

The end stool makes it.

Not sure what the slide is, or bowling ball?

What a great way to end...with a hot soak in a magnificent wooden vessel. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Firewood for the Lumbersexual

As you can imagine, lots of feedback on Monday's lumbersexual post. Some of you are just downright uncaring! But Bob Mayer from Indiana was much more understanding... he shared the following video that demonstrates that the modern lumbersexual is really much more competent than the Dinty Moore video would have you believe. It demonstrates that indeed, the world is changing, and you're just not looking at things in the right way.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A (Real) Logger Speaks Up

Occasionally I get a ping from my logger friend Martin Melville, who you may remember swinging from my butternut tree last summer. Yesterday's lumbersexual video reminded me of a recent blog post of Martin's, describing the real world that the logger operates in. Thought you might enjoy what a real logger sees from his side of the world.
"Loggers are typically disempowered. We are on the bottom of the pecking order. We wind up dealing with scenarios that others- -foresters, sawmills, and land owners—create. I have often been told that “foresters don’t respect us.” Contract provisions require us to (figuratively) sign our lives away and post our first-born as bond. Sawmills often pay more for timber on the stump than they do for logs delivered to the mill. One outcome is that we are very good at finding ways to “make it work.” If there’s a “rock” (read: barrier) in the way, what are (in today’s jargon) the possible work-arounds? Another result is to invoke the prayer of St. Francis: Lord help me change the things I can, accept the things I can’t change, and the wisdom to know the difference. The list of things beyond our control is long: weather, the cost of fuel, the cost of equipment, whether the guys show up for work, contract provisions, (sometimes) the timber we cut, the rate we can charge per ton or per thousand board feet. For instance:"
You can read the rest of Martin's post here at his blog, martinstrees. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lumbersexual Chainsawing

Sometimes an ad strikes a chord that really gets to the heart of the matter. This one says so much about the world we live in.
"For over 80 years, Dinty Moore has fed the lumberjack-sized hunger of hardworking men. Unfortunately the number of lumberjacks is dwindling. But the good news is that lots of men aspire to look like a lumberjack. Dinty Moore believes these "lumbersexuals" can do more than just look like a lumberjack."

Dinty Moore - Lumbersexual Campaign - Chainsaw from BBDO MPLS on Vimeo.