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

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Swimming through Wood

I've said this so many times in this blog, it truly has become repetitious. But, again, there certainly seems to be no limit to the imagination of what can be done with wood via videography.

From a post in Slate:
"For his dazzling “Woodswimmer” video above, filmmaker Brett Foxwell, who goes by bfophoto, used a process he describes as “brutally tedious.” The results, though: Wow. What you’re seeing are cross-sectional scans of hardwood, burls, and branches sequenced in stop motion. It’s like his camera is moving through the wood.
Foxwell used a milling machine to cut slices from 1/40 inch to 1/2,000 of an inch thick. He cleaned, polished, and applied wood oil to each cross-section before capturing its image with a stop-motion camera. And then on to the next cut.
Time-intensive as that process sounds, another issue—as he notes on his website—is that it’s “difficult to keep from watching stuff like this loop endlessly on playback as you are in the middle of shooting it.”
http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2017/07/wood_cross_section_music_video_woodswimmer_unpacks_layers_of_hardwood.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_fb_top

Thanks to Elisabeth Wheeler for sharing. Enjoy...


1 comment:

David Paal, LEED BD+C said...

Leave it to Elisabeth Wheeler to find this stuff; she is amazing. This is perhaps the most intriguing wood video I have encountered. I think Jean-Claude Cerre would be proud. Next, we need a documentary! Chuck, you have created a monster. :)