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."