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don't it make my brown wood blue?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 21, 2012 01:03 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Feb 20, 2012



Whenlooking closely at Plan B, we peeking-Tommed into the front door and saw thatthe architects had clad the interior “privacy wall’ with naturally finishedwood. Yes, we know: It’s premature to be picking out materials just yet, butit’s hard not to dream, no? And clearly the architects are thinking a wee bitahead here, yes? And wood with some tonal variation seems like a good choicehere. But what kind of wood?

We likestuff to be consistent, so we reckon that whatever wood we use on the secondstory floors (and probably the steps) will be used on the privacy wall.Material continuity, you understand. But what kind of wood?

As faras the standard stuff goes, there’s bamboo (Consumer Reports ranks engineeredwoven bamboo by EcoTimber as tops for being resistant to wear, scratches,stains, and dents [and that’s tops as in topping everything, includedhardwoods]). If we go with actual (more standard) wood, we really (really) likethe (oddly cubist) look of hickory. But our dream wood is Rocky Mountain pinemurdered at the claws of millions of mountain pinebeetles and fungi.



the blasted bark beetle:

A largenumber of trees have been killed by bark beetles in Colorado. We were at afamily function a couple years ago (spreading the ashes of an uncle…) and gotto see the damage. It’s shocking. Whole mountainsides and forests are dead fromthe beetle infestation. In fact, so many trees have died, the forest service ismaking plans for how to deal with 1,000,000 trees falling over A DAY once the treesrot and start falling! The beetles have always been there, but because ofwarming temperatures, they aren’t getting froze out like they used to. Sothey’re having thanksgiving dinner on a pine table every day.

Ridingalong with the beetles is bluestain fungi. Once the beetle bores into the barkto do its thing, the fungi also attacks the tree, staining the wood (youguessed it!) blue. This is all a tragedy, of course, but there’s one positive:The blue stained wood is beautiful.

Becauseso many trees have died, Colorado is trying to put the dead wood to use. And wewould like to use it! This is all probably a pipe dream (the wood doesn’tappear to be “mass produced” at this point; therefore, it’s prolly reallyreally expensive), but we can dream, can’t we? Not to mention that the green messagein this blue wood is mixed: green because we’d be using dead wood; not greenbecause it’s not local; and ironic because global warming (probably) caused thedeath of the trees in the first place.

AsCrystal Gayle would sing if she worked at Home Depot: Don’t it make my brownwood blue?




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