Wood

Wood as a living material

Wood as a living material

Our resident expert on the organic properties of wood, Don Pridgen, weighs in.

Using wood as a construction material is a particularly beautiful thing. Unlike modern man-made materials, wood will continue to move and react to natural conditions long after the living tree has fallen. In fact, the natural events that the living tree experienced in its lifespan can often be seen at the sawmill, through the drying process, and in the final timber product. As craftsman with wood as our medium, we are always conscious that wood is a living material and how this affects the lifetime performance of our products. In fact, the living nature of wood should be celebrated.

The following is some PhD level stuff, based on experience, with a very real and applicable perspective...