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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 1471 days ago 3149 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Two German scientists invented “liquid wood,” which has the potential to save significant fossil fuel and natural resources.

How about a renewable plastic that has wood-like qualities but can be cast by a machine? A group of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal near Karlsruhe invented just that in the late 1990s.”

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/German_company_sells_liquid_wood_999.html

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso



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stefang

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#1 posted 1471 days ago

Interesting for the environment and I’m sure a lot of applications, but not too exciting for woodworkers as it doesn’t sound like they could produce huge quantities and they mention nothing about workability with woodworking machines.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BOB67CAM

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#2 posted 1471 days ago

yea i agree with stefang, it sounds good but as soon as they call it :”green” or “sustainable” either we subsidize it or its more spendy then the product were trying to save money on, so ill remain in the “it sounds cool” catagory but im not horribly impressed yet

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1471 days ago

Living in the northwest I’m always more than a little amused that folks don’t think that harvesting wood is not environmentally friendly. Most woods logged in the US are from second or third generation of plantings . Trees are planted are harvested like any crop except it’s every 20-40 years . Most of these trees have been planted by the company or family of the folks who harvest them. Old growth trees are another story all together.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 1471 days ago

Well this product aims to replace plastic, which is oil based, and uses waste from the paper industry to do it. Seems pretty cool. It’s not aiming to replace wood (with it um being made from wood) at all.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1471 days ago

Sorry I went on a bit of a rant there Damian
I forgot to say this was interesting idea and thank you for sharing it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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