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, March 2, 2017

New Features and Venues for Go Wood

Go Wood continues to get bigger, better, and badder. On the left you'll see two new "pages" for Sam's Cartoons of the Week, and one for Timberline Magazine.

Sam Richardson is a buddy (can I call you that, Sam?) in Bradford, Pennsylvania, who manages a bunch of hardwood dry kilns for a great company that I will name if they give me a kickback. In his spare time, Sam doodles, and starting sharing his comic relief with his co-workers at said company. And now he's sharing them with you here at Go Wood. Wood humor is rare, and funny wood humor is ever rarer. But thanks to Sam, we have it here at Go Wood, now.

We've also started a collaboration with Chaille and Ed Brindley at Industrial Reporting, a couple of great guys who've spent their whole lives working for and reporting on the wood industries around the world. They were nice enough to start running some Go Wood articles in their TimberLine magazine this month, so you'll find a link to this great magazine here from now on.

And as if this intrepid Penn State wood professor doesn't already suffer enough from blatant overexposure, we've started a Facebook page so you can immerse yourself in Go Wood 24/7. I know you've been looking for a real news alternative to CNN and Fox News, and now you have it. If you're on Facebook, search for us at @PennStateGoWood, and "Like", "Follow", and "Share" the page. I've been trying for years to figure out how Facebook works, and I still don't get it, but if you do, well, you've got it at your fingertips now.

Now if only I could think of something interesting to write.

1 comment:

Stephen Shaler said...

I remember Sam as a student - and he bought my 'heavily used' first truck back around 1985 or 86. He did some great cartooning back then. Good to see you're still kicking Sam!

Stephen Shaler
University of Maine