"Clear" Lumber Creates Waste
In this episode I follow up on some exterior wood questions for a dock and wax poetic about Ipe and Cumaru. Then I get into a heated discussion about wood for a sauna and finally wrap up with thoughts on how we as woodworkers and the lumber industry can stretch our wood farther. Good planning during the buying will go a long way to prevent waste but in general our grading structure is flawed asking wood to be something it is not: clear. The term "clear" is more of a detriment and created an enormous amount of waste. I say let wood be wood and embrace the "defects" that make it unique and beautiful. Too much wood is being rejected these days in pursuit of some perfect grade and it has created an unrealistic expectation of what wood should look like.
- Jason shares an article about 3D printing with wood
- Check out Big Timber on Netflix to see a logging company in action
- Michael corrects me on the meaning of Shou Sugi Ban
- Bryan shares how thermally modified woods are being used by Luthiers
- Mike asks why I don't mention Ipe or Cumaru for exterior woods
- Jonathan sends a voicemail asking about building a dock
- Ethan wants to build a sauna and asks about Douglas Fir.