A Wooden Knife Sharper Than Steel? Scientists Say So.

Knives are humanity’s oldest tool, dating back millions of years. A group of scientists in Maryland have produced a version made of hardened wood, which they say is sharper than steel.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #kitchens, #knives, #tableware, #utensils-and-cutlery, #wood-and-wood-products

Maya Lin’s Dismantled ‘Ghost Forest’ to Be Reborn as Boats

Teenagers are making boats using the wood from her grove installation at Madison Square Park, and the artist is happy that the work is seeing a new life.

#art, #boats-and-boating, #ghost-forest-exhibit, #global-warming, #green-adam, #hunts-point-bronx-ny, #lin-maya, #madison-square-park-conservancy, #nonprofit-organizations, #rocking-the-boat, #trees-and-shrubs, #wood-and-wood-products

Your Walls Don’t Have to Be Boring

Faced with a blank wall, most of us think paint or wallpaper. But there are more interesting possibilities to consider.

#adhesives, #berk-bobby-1981, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #murals, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wallpaper, #wood-and-wood-products

Ornament or Crime? With Painted Woodwork, There Is No Middle Ground

One real estate agent referred to the décor trend as ‘the great divider of people.’

#paint, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wood-and-wood-products

Vikings Were in the Americas Exactly 1,000 Years Ago

By studying tree rings and using a dash of astrophysics, researchers have pinned down a precise year that settlers from Europe were on land that would come to be known as Newfoundland.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #canada, #carbon-dating, #nature-journal, #newfoundland-canada, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #vikings, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-science

An Artist Couple Who Live Among the Furniture They Create Together

Though they maintain separate practices, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson regularly collaborate on hand-hewn pieces that are subtly autobiographical.

#art, #chairs, #design, #handicrafts, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #jackson-johanna-artist, #johanson-chris, #sculpture, #t-presents-2021, #tables, #wood-and-wood-products

For a New Generation of Woodworkers, Form Follows Function

In response to the colorful, zanier side of modern furniture, some American craftspeople are returning to elemental, straightforward and handmade pieces.

#chairs, #design, #desks, #furniture, #green-river-project, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #judd-donald, #t-design-and-luxury, #tables, #wood-and-wood-products

How Old Is This Old House?

Property records don’t go back far enough to date some houses. But experts can pinpoint a house’s age by studying tree-ring patterns in the house’s timber.

#carbon-dating, #connecticut, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #massachusetts, #northeastern-states-us, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wood-and-wood-products

Wooden Buildings Reach for the Sky

Ambitious high-rise projects in Sweden are a showcase for a reviving forest industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #stockholm-sweden, #wood-and-wood-products

Markets Work, but Untangling Global Supply Chains Takes Time

Decisions made early in the pandemic are having lasting effects on the ability of industries to fulfill surging demand.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy, #wood-and-wood-products

High Lumber Prices Add Urgency to a Decades-Old Trade Fight

Forced to pay more for wood, home builders want the Biden administration to settle a long-running dispute over Canadian imports. It won’t be easy.

#customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wood-and-wood-products

As Lumber Prices Fall, the Threat of Inflation Loses Its Bite

Costs soared partly because of do-it-yourselfers’ spending stimulus checks, but a month of declines show that consumers aren’t about to trigger runaway increases.

#consumer-price-index, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #wood-and-wood-products

There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.

The fuel pellet industry is thriving. Supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural jobs. For others, it’s a polluter and destroyer of nature.

#bioenergy-and-biofuels, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-carolina, #wood-and-wood-products

They Overcame Mutual Loathing, and Saved a Town

Environmentalists and loggers thought they had nothing in common, until they started talking.

#environment, #forests-and-forestry, #labor-and-jobs, #logging-industry, #oregon, #wood-and-wood-products

16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

How the World’s Oldest Wooden Sculpture Is Reshaping Prehistory

At 12,500 years old, the Shigir Idol is by far the earliest known work of ritual art. Only decay has kept others from being found.

#carbon-dating, #russian-academy-of-sciences, #sculpture, #ural-mountains-russia, #wood-and-wood-products, #yekaterinburg-russia, #your-feed-science

Two Emerging Designers Who Find Comfort in Antiquity

Max Zinser’s new collection of animal-like furniture and Matthew Fisher’s debut offering of marble and wood objects are both rooted in age-old crafts.

#design, #fisher-matthew-designer, #furniture, #wood-and-wood-products, #zinser-max

When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

Revealed: The Shipworm Sex Tapes

Nature’s weirdest clam surprises scientists once again, this time in video footage of its mating habits.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biology-letters-journal, #clams, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #marine-borers-shipworms, #oregon, #reproduction-biological, #shipway-reuben, #sperm, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

What Are You Paying For in a $300 Chess Set? Mostly the Knights

The horses in higher-end wooden sets must be hand-carved, a long, specialized process to make sure all four are exactly the same.

#chess, #the-queens-gambit-tv-program, #wood-and-wood-products

German Phallus Statue Vanishes From Mountain, Then Reappears (Sort of)

The authorities are stumped by what happened to the wooden phallus, a popular Instagram stop for hikers. Along with all the monoliths, it has been quite a month for mysterious public art.

#bavaria-germany, #kubrick-stanley, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #romania, #social-media, #utah, #wood-and-wood-products

Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

#freedom-of-religion, #railroads, #russia, #russian-orthodox-church, #siberia, #stalin-joseph, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #weather, #wood-and-wood-products

As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wood-and-wood-products

Throwing Stick Hints at Ancient Ancestors’ Hunting Techniques

Archaeologists in Germany found a throwing stick that might have been used by a species that preceded Neanderthals.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #germany, #hunting-and-trapping, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-science

A Forest Submerged 60,000 Years Ago Could Save Your Life One Day

Before this underwater forest disappears, scientists recently raced to search for shipworms and other sea life that might conceal medicine of the future.

#alabama, #antibiotics, #bacteria, #distel-dan, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #forests-and-forestry, #gulf-coast-us, #helmuth-brian, #marine-borers-shipworms, #microbiology, #oceans-and-seas, #raines-ben-h, #research, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-science