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


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What a Tree Can Do

How you ever thought about what a tree can do, beyond producing lumber, paper, and habitat for the animals of the forest? Well, the folks at Stora Enso do that all the time, and it's exciting.


Іван М. Сопушинський said...

Good information for students of wood technology. Thank you Chuck.

Jeff Wartluft said...

This reminds me of a quote from Todd Paglia, Executive Director of ForestEthics..."For thousands of years, forests have played a crucial role in absorbing and storing whatever carbon is emitted into the atmosphere. And it was smooth sailing until we started pumping record amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere...In terms of battling climate change forests are tough to beat: they're not waiting for government seed funding or venture capital for research; they don't require a Senate super majority. Forests just need to be allowed to do what they do so well."

And I might add that they do this better (more efficiently)as young fast growing stock rather than old, half rotting stock. So, it's okay to cut a tree occasionally, Tree Huggers.