I say pines! and I feel that it lightens my soul. I say pines! and my ears hear the forest. I say pines! and my lips feel the freshness of wild springs. Juana de Ibarbourou, Pines (free translation from Spanish) Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit a charming little chapel of the Jesuits in Pamplona, Spain, which was designed and built by … Continue reading Small wooden chapel
Currently, the buildings are mostly constructed with steel and concrete. These two materials have been the most used in the construction industry. However, neither of both has a completely sustainble life cycle balance as the wood. As a building material, wood possesses competitive characteristics and properties compared to the other two materials. Wood needs only a small amount of energy for production and recycling. Wood … Continue reading Using wood as material to reduce climate change
“To early man, trees were objects of awe and wonder. The mystery of their growth, the movement of their leaves and branches, the way they seemed to die and come again to life in spring, the sudden growth of the plant from the seed – all these appeared to be miracles as indeed they still are, miracles of nature!” – Ruskin Bond, The World of … Continue reading Why are we so fascinated with wood?
The Guatemalan tropical forest situated in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in the north of the country has a size of 21,000 km². The forest community and organizations develop a sustainable and protected forest. The forest has an abundant and unique selection of exotic species, while most are unknown species in the market. The market is currently concentrated on two or three species: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), … Continue reading Exotic wood species in Guatemala’s tropical forest