It can be sculpted, bent and shaped. It can be polished, painted, veneered and lacquered to a glorious sheen. It is a house, a table, a musical instrument, a spoon, a boat, a trunk full of treasures.
The natural, earthy quality of wood warms and beautifies like no other, an allure it perhaps derives from being part of something that was alive. Even when molded into a chair, it seems to keep on living. Maybe that's why it looks better with age.
Wood is undeniably the most beautiful building material on earth. Nothing speaks to us so intimately like it does.
This week, we shall embark on a multi-part journey about the unparalleled beauty and versatility of wood, its fragility and ever-increasing susceptibility.