There is something to be said for a hobby that allows you to work with natural resources and wood is a great example. Wood is an organic and sustainable material with unique properties that many craftsmen and women adore. Yet nowadays, it is often overlooked with many modern synthetic materials such as glass, concrete and plastic, taking its place. For thousands of years man has crafted, carved, shaped, sawn and constructed with wood and the benefits of working with wood are unmistakable when you look at some of the results.
Often the renovation of an old property, be it a barn, shed or an oak beamed mansion, requires the use of traditional methods of construction, with timber playing a large part. Hand crafted materials display that loving craftsmanship of a carpenter’s traditional bevel edge chisel or a lathe. The mark of a skilled labourers hand is present for years to come and as such ensuring a quality finish is important.
New buildings today still use a lot of timber in their construction, from doors and skirting boards, to joists, beams and rafters. Many techniques remain as they were hundreds of years ago, the only change being the use of power tools, such as the Makita mitre saw to speed some of the less refined jobs up and making life much easier for today’s craftsmen to achieve their required result.
Wood working is a love, a passion and a tradition. Although many of the techniques remain the same, the creative possibilities that craftspeople are developing are ever expanding, with projects such as the Metropol Parasol in Seville showing some of the modern capabilities of wood. This is a huge structure of laminated woodwork, essentially a massive sculpture with both aesthetical passion and functional design mixed with traditional skills and modern technology.
A lifelong partnership
Wood is here to stay and will continue to grow (excuse the pun) in its uses, as our skills and creativity expand and grow along with the tools we design to manipulate the trunks of timber. It’s been a part of our traditions for thousands of years and is yet to show signs of decreasing in its popularity. Be it with the lonesome carpenter sculpting a small love spoon to a huge organisation constructing roof joists; There is a passion for wood and it is here to stay.