America's Last Totally Steam-Powered Mill
May 21, 2013
All of you who enjoyed the post "Woodworking in the 1940's" will love this one. The Phillips Brothers Mill and Box Factory of Oak Run, California, operates much the same as it did when newly built in 1897. What millions used to do on a daily basis, for pennies a day, now is performed by just a few gifted folks who are creating wooden products that are truly unique. And while it may look romantic,
Fun in the Mud
May 20, 2013
Here's an entertaining and highly informative field presentation by Penn State plant scientist Art Gover, who is speaking on and demonstrating actions he and his team are taking to reclaim some streamside acreage from the tenacious invader reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea). Over the course of the talk Art touches on the site treatment, and other topics diverse as impact of deer and elk,
Acting Like Humans
May 9, 2013
The more times I watch this, the more I see and the better I feel. It's the best of humanity on display, and it sometimes seems to be slipping away. The scenes seem to be something out of the past, something we remember so fondly and took for granted, and miss so much now.
Which is why the young person at the 4:25 mark is so important to me, and to all of us.
Russia doesn't get much good
Japan, Two Years Later
May 7, 2013
You'll recall from a Go Wood post a year ago the Japanese people were still essentially digging out of the terrible tsunami damage inflicted on their northern coastal cities. It was a poignant reminder that few things in life are more devastating that natural catastrophes...and of the remarkable community spirit and determined will of the Japanese people.
Another year later, and the story is
Would You Trade Jobs with This Guy?
May 6, 2013
Sean Barrows sent me this wonderful video captured and posted by Stuart King, a woodworker and historian from the United Kingdom. It's a visual reminder of days long gone, before electrification, standardization, regulation, and globalization. For centuries, creative folks have figured out the amazing qualities and applications of wood, and how to work it.
This Moroccan street artist makes it