Wood No. 101

Wood No. 101

Over the years I have been exploring the Southern Appalachians I have seen thousands of barns and sheds standing in beautiful settings. They were an essential need for survival¬†erected by hand with much labor. At first glance, they are just old buildings, dilapidated and falling. If I take the time to look, they become works of art when I realize each board was milled from trees most likely standing on the same property with all the imperfections created by hand work. This one, for example, was most likely made in the first half of the twentieth century. If it were made earlier It would have been made with square nails, also forged by hand. Each board’s width is dependent on the diameter of the tree. When I consider it most likely took 20-30 years for the tree to grow, then add that to 70 years the lumber has been standing in the elements in its current use, we are talking about a vast expanse of time. Wood is an inanimate object, but it was at one time a living thing, In this instance, it is older than I and will be standing long after I am gone if left undisturbed by human hands

 

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Wood No. 101
Wood No. 101

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