wood: the hard fibrous substance consisting basically of xylem that makes up the greater part of the stems, branches, and roots of trees or shrubs beneath the bark and is found to a limited extent in herbaceous plants.
Could you imagine a world without wood? Wood has been one of our most important materials from early Paleolithic times. Ever since humans discovered the use of the materials around them, wood has been used and modified. From wood, a variety of human needs have been met in farming and industry, in peace and war, humans progressively learned the unique and fantastic nature of wood. Through experience, trial and error, and eventually thorough research and observation, its properties have been fantastically understood.
Wood is an essential part of my art making. Since I hand build all of my painting substrates (wood panels, stretcher bars for canvases, etc.) I want to be as environmentally conscious as possible. All of the wood I use is Forest Stewardship Council whose mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. This week let’s celebrate one of earth’s and its inhabitants’ most righteous resources.