Tree Obsessed

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Blog entry by EPJartisan posted 03-25-2010 09:05 PM 1067 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Are there other woodworkers out there that are obsessed about trees? Can this really be so uncommon??

I read about them, study them.. sleep with them, use them… they are hands down my favorite life form… second to humans that is. I enjoy all plants, but trees are special. As a dominant life form, with over 102,000 active genes (us humans only have only about 30,000 or so) They can adapt, change, and breed in ways that seem very very unnatural. And they live, fight, and survive in an amazingly dramatic (albeit, terribly slow by human standards) soap opera.

I can hardly imagine someone knowing a “wood” but not understand the “tree” from which is comes. Knowing the cell structure and chemical remains in a piece of wood can be understood by where it grows, how it grows and how it is affected by weather. Understanding means you know how to find good wood, cut the wood, use it perfectly where is is most useful. The mystery of woodworking is right outside in your back yard, in your nearby park, in your library.. and all over the internet. Knowing your world around you, makes you more part of it, more confident.. less afraid to roll with the punches life gives you.

I am a big city guy, so I maybe preaching to the choir, but until you hear a grove of maple tree singing late at night in the heart of winter… or see, feel and understand the natural (yet human/insect exacerbated) change of the pioneering Pine giving way to enormous groves of Aspen high in the Rocky Mountains… Or walk with Cypress tree thousands of years only, but only 10 feet tall.. Or truly feel compassion about the amount of magical and medicine giving trees slaughtered daily in farming for McDonalds cow meat….There is no way i can explain in words the awe and respect I have for this material we take for granted.

So, is this so insane?

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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David Craig

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 09:25 PM

I think as long as marriage licenses are not involved, your thoughts are not unusual for a woodworker :)


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#2 posted 03-26-2010 12:28 AM

Sounds as if we have the same disease, albeit yours seems to be a bit more advanced or invasive than mine.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 02:29 AM

See William McDonough’s cradle to cradle at 11:00

”imagine this design assignment: Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons and self-replicates. Well, why don’t we knock that down and write on it?”

What’s so great about humans?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Chris Cunanan

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 02:53 AM

hey steve did you see that latest bill gate’s presentation on that TED TV? what a laugh huh? can’t believe he openly says we need to get to ZERO carbon (and people!) i would EXPECT any woodworker to know this is a bunch of bologna, and for us to get our precious wood, trees need that “toxic pollutant” (now deemed by EPA) that we exhale….sorry, it’s hard to not start ranting on a whim these days…especially after the healthcare bill just getting rammed up our asses

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 03:36 AM

I am not into trees quite that much. I do agree however that pushing them over for nothing more than firewood or other (non)uses hurts. I see furniture in downed tress and I’m okay with the useful purpose of any such action. It really stinks when a tree gets to be burned for no other reason than to get out of the way – that’s a waste.

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 04:05 AM


-- Jim

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 04:46 AM

Hi Chris,

Yes I did see that one. It’s an interesting proposal he makes. Being a mathematician, I appreciate the mathematical model. Now it’s probably faulty, as you point out. Carbon could never reach 0, but as a model, it works to understand the factors which need to change. That equation has to reach a balance in the long term – mother nature will guarantee it. The problem is that even if we were to solve the energy problem without CO2 (or greatly reduced) that ensures that population growth and ‘development’ can continue which just means we’ll run out of everything else in short order. So, ultimately, I think we’re doomed and people will have to go to 0 or back down to a much lower level than it is at even today. It’s just not a popular option at this time! We still think we are better than nature We will eventually realize that we are just a part of it, no matter what we do.

The good news is that the trees will probably survive. They’ve done it before, they’ll do it again. Humans are as yet untested in this realm. The NZ Beeches which grow in my forest show evidence of having been around since 80 to 200 million years ago. Can’t say humans have done as well…yet.

btw, I suspect whether the EPA declares C02 has a toxic pollutant or not makes piddly squat difference as they always provide enough allowances/exceptions which will be enough for the world to hang itself anyway. I believe that was a political play before Copenhagen.

I think gravity should be outlawed because it’s creating an obesity problem… :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 03-27-2010 06:44 PM

My wife keeps getting mad at me. Every time we go out for a drive, she is looking at the trees. Not the kids, or the houses, just the trees. She blames me for her obsession with the shapes and sizes of the ”What could you turn from that?” obsession.

I think it’s funny. She is hooked and it’s my fault. haha


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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