“I thought all the trees were whispering to each other, passing news and plots along in an unintelligible language; and the branches swayed and groped without any wind. They do say the trees do actually move, and can surround strangers and hem them.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954.
More than all of the building materials, there’s something about wood and trees that begs deep reflection. We don’t really hear people wax nostalgic about plastic or drywall after all.
This video could be considered a poem to woodcraft. This video is worthy of several views (778,000+ actually, many of them mine). To intro the video, what happens when a Latvian toolsmith/carpenter finds an old almanac that marks the day after New Year’s Day as the best day for felling trees to be used for timber-framing?
Here’s a little more background on Jacob, the house, and a website for his hand-crafted tools.