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


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wood Science 101(27) - Hardwood and Softwood, Re-visited

One of the more popular posts on GoWood over the years has been "Wood Science 101(5) - Soft hardwood, hard softwood, and vice versa" which was posted back in June of 2012.  As technical stories tend to do, it required fourteen paragraphs to tell the story in the shortest possible way. Thanks to those of you who waded through it.

In the spirit of re-examining this important topic, here's a nice video that tells the same story in a way the most ADD-addled brain will appreciate. He never actually goes into how the "hardwood" and softwood" designations evolved, because, I guess, he never read our GoWood post. Nevertheless, he gets all the rest of the pertinent facts correct, and adds a few I didn't cover.

Get this straight, and you already know more about wood than ninety-eight percent of the people in the world. So, Go Wood, you!

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