The Benefits of Using Wood

There is no denying the persistence of wood material in our modern world. Even when rapid industrialization calls for steel, making it constantly in demand, wood remains the top pick in many applications. This is because it is a potentially infinite resource thanks to tree replanting and other measures that keep forests alive. Wood also has unlimited usability and many other advantageous characteristics as listed below.

Image by Life of Pix

Image by Life of Pix

First and most important of all, wood has a variety of uses. From the early past up to our modern technological times, wood has been used both as construction material and as media for art.

In construction, wood offers rooms sturdy, long-lasting floors that can withstand a constant beating and even some water wear. Tables and chairs made of wood are cheap but also strong and durable, able to last for decades. So are cabinets, bookcases, and stairs. Wood also plays a major role in the transportation industry as a cheap material for railroad ties and as fuel for coal-fired power plants.

In art, the material can be the frame, the canvas, or the artwork itself. The artistic quality of wood is most evident in vintage, antique pieces, puppets, wood carvings, and the like. Its ubiquity proves that wood can be the material for anything a woodworker wishes to make.

Wood processing uses less energy. As a comparison, let us use steel as an example. Its two major ingredients require high power consumption to just be acquired. The first, iron, is the product of iron ore. Iron ore is mined or blasted from rock, which are then heat-formed into pellets. The other ingredient comes from bituminous coal, which is baked for hours to become carbon fuel. In a blast furnace, These two are mixed with the addition of limestone to remove impurities. Molten iron is thus produced, but it is still not steel. The molten iron needs to be mixed with scrap steel and oxygen in another furnace before being refined.

These are complex industrial processes compared to the processing of wood, which only requires a single plant to harvest and form the wood into workable shapes and sizes. The energy requirement is extremely low, thus little power is necessary, and pollution is minimized.

Using wood, you know you are helping the environment not just in the way described above. Before they become building and construction materials, trees absorb carbon from the air and release oxygen in a natural cycle in which all living things thrive on. But this is not its only role as a carbon inhibitor. After being worked into the final product, wood retains the carbon it acquired throughout its life, thereby cutting carbon emissions. This is why it is better for the environment to use wood as a construction material and not as fuel for the furnaces of power plants.

Planting a Sapling

Planting a Sapling. Image by Tree Ottawa

Wood is beautiful. Be it processed from freshly harvested trees or reclaimed from pre-existing wood products, any type of wood brings out a classic sort of elegance to rooms it serves, either as set pieces, furniture, walls, floors, or accents.

In time, varnished wood reveals a patina unique to the original wood source, giving the material a variety of looks that can fit any stylistic endeavor a craftsman would want to achieve. You would find it hard to think of any other material other than wood that can evoke the beauty of nature, but that does not mean it is useless in modern or futuristic ideas. Wood as an accent or even the base exists in modern architecture and other applications as a testament to its timeless beauty.

Forestry also benefits when wood is used as a material. Responsibly kept wood forests flourish with the interest of preserving the source, because wood material is not only useful, but also renewable. Steel and others require complex processing to achieve their useful properties, but wood only needs to be harvested. This is why, coupled with the increased awareness of the population, trees are replaced with new seeds as soon as they are cut, and entire forests are preserved.

As can be seen from the above examples, using wood has a lot of benefits. Its uses range from the industrial to the artistic, with many examples for each, and it can produce furniture of beauty and elegance to achieve any desired look. Responsibly acquired, its processing is highly efficient and uses less power consumption, thereby cutting carbon emissions with its continued demand. And thanks to world’s awareness of these benefits of wood, forests are alive, healthy, and responsibly harvested. There is no way around the fact that this durable and long-lasting material will enjoy continuous use and you will not find an end to its list of applications.

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