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By Spike Carlsen

In an international with no wooden, we'd no longer be right here in any respect. We wouldn't have had the fireplace, warmth, and look after that allowed us to extend into the planet's less warm areas. If civilization someway did strengthen, our day-by-day lives will be drastically diverse: there will be no violins, baseball bats, chopsticks, or wine corks. The e-book you're now conserving wouldn't exist.

Spike Carlsen's A Splintered background of wooden is a grand get together of all issues wood and the characters who lovingly form them—eccentric artisans and passionate fanatics who've created a number of the world's such a lot loved musical tools, feared guns, striking structure, and peculiar varieties of transportation. From champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, from the spectacular Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, here's a passionate, own, amazingly wonderful exploration of nature's maximum reward.

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28 But Duluth Timber has found its niche. And the million board feet of timber piled outside the door—just waiting to be reborn as mantels, flooring, and beams for the next Bill Gates house—attest they’ll be in that niche for a long time to come. 8 billion years, climb a steep hill, and look through the viewfinder, you’d see a lot of rock, volcanic activity, open space, and water. You’d also discover you were panting like a St. Bernard because of the oxygen-starved environment. But more conspicuous than what you would see would be what you would NOT see: no plants, no shade, no greenery.

Bear scratch figure forms when growth rings are indented. Bee’s-wing mottled figure is a confluence of several grain patterns. Crotch figure reveals itself when the crotch or branch of a tree is cut lengthwise. There’s angel step, cat’s paw, peanut shell, and flower grain. And it is this rich, rare, oneof-a-kind figure that is the golden grail from which woodworkers can create works of unspeakable beauty—and for which hardwood dealers can charge unspeakable prices. As much as we love figured wood, we really know very little about how it’s formed.

The grass they used was bamboo—over a hundred thousand poles of it. This was no isolated incident; 90 percent of the scaffold used in Hong Kong is bamboo. And no wonder—according to contractors and builders it costs 95 percent less than steel scaffolding and goes up six times as fast. Classifying bamboo as a grass (which it is) instead of a wood is akin to classifying a tomato as a fruit (which it is) instead of a vegetable. In both cases, the rightful classifications defy the way each looks, is used, and is discussed in day-to-day language.

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