Why Wood

Wood: Nature's Building Material

The power of wood cannot be overstated.

And for good reason. It is renewable. It is sustainable. It is beautiful to our eyes. It is strong. It is versatile. It can be crafted into innumerable and infinitely useful things. It feels good when we touch it. It smells good. A musical instrument crafted from wood has the richest tones, the greatest range. There is nothing like wood.

Within reason (and among reasonable people), wood is an inexhaustible resource that renews itself and would prolifically cover most of the earth if we let it. Wood is fertile and virile. It grows quickly and is highly useful and functional throughout every stage: young wood is pliable, mature wood is strong, and old wood is the most beautiful of all. It comes in an almost infinite variety of colors, grains and sizes. It is easy to work with: all you need is a sharp saw and some other easily acquired tools and you can really build just about anything. In the hands of a true craftsman wood becomes a work of art. Everyone loves wood. What other construction material can say that? Imagine. Everyone loves wood.

Truer words were never spoken. The richness of wood gives our homes' interiors a feeling of comfort and joy. The beauty of wood makes our exteriors all but invulnerable to the elements (with proper maintenance). The feel of wood furniture has been a family tradition since the beginning of time. Banisters, staircases, floors, beams, chairs, cabinets, desks…wood is everywhere in, around, and throughout our lives. No one ever gets tired of it. Even today in architectural magazines those powerful pictures of woodcraft make the reader slow down and relish every curve, every texture. The way light and wood interact is the supreme blending of nature’s power and beauty. Wood, blended with other materials, makes them more beautiful and useful. Wood and stone. Wood and metal. Wood and glass. Wood enhances everything. But no matter what you do, nothing makes wood more beautiful because, in and of itself, it is perfection unveiled. It’s hard to improve on perfection. But with the proper craftsmanship, the very best of wood’s nature and beauty can be revealed.