a little about wood
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Wood is a porous and fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. It is an organic material - a natural composite of cellulose fibers that are strong in tension and embedded in a matrix of lignin that resists compression. Wood has been used for thousands of years for fuel, as a construction material, for making tools and weapons, furniture and paper. More recently it emerged as a feedstock for the production of purified cellulose and its derivatives, such as cellophane and cellulose acetate. Dominant uses were for furniture and building construction.
everything begins ... within ourselves
Wood product idea was born out of our studying about health benefits and healthy life. We discover woods products as it has so many great qualities and benefits which you can find out about here.
types of wood.
It is common to classify wood as either softwood or hardwood. The wood from conifers (e.g. pine) is called softwood, and the wood from dicotyledons (usually broad-leaved trees, e.g. oak) is called hardwood. These names are a bit misleading, as hardwoods are not necessarily hard, and softwoods are not necessarily soft. The well-known balsa (a hardwood) is actually softer than any commercial softwood. Conversely, some softwoods (e.g. yew) are harder than many hardwoods. There is a strong relationship between the properties of wood and the properties of the particular tree that yielded it. The density of wood varies with species. The density of a wood correlates with its strength (mechanical properties). For example, mahogany is a medium-dense hardwood that is excellent for fine furniture crafting, whereas balsa is light, making it useful for model building. One of the densest woods is black ironwood.
Benefits wooden products.
Timber has many great qualities and we first fell in love with it.
- Renewable, Recyclable, Natural. Timber is one of the few natural, renewable building materials. The cyclical process involved in the harvest and regeneration of forests for timber production ensures that timber will continue to be available. Every time a tree is harvested, up to ten trees are re-established in its place; the renewable cycle begins again. Being a natural resource, timber is not toxic, and is safe to handle and touch; it also ages naturally and does not break down into environmentally damaging material. In keeping with their environmental commitments, Timber treatments are all organic, keeping their timber environmentally-friendly.
- Carbon Positive. Timber is a greenhouse positive product with a lower net environmental impact than most other building materials, such as emission-intensive steel, aluminium, or concrete. It’s one of the only building materials that contribute to the long term reduction of carbon emissions: positively addressing climate change. Carbon is an elemental building block of all living things on earth. As a forest grows the trees absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide and store it in their leaves, branches and trunks. Approximately half the dry weight of a living tree is carbon, stored for the life of the tree, and retained throughout the timber manufacturing process.
- Low Energy Production. The process of manufacturing timber uses substantially less fossil fuel energy per unit volume than steel, concrete, or aluminium: minimising the amount of pollutants created during the process. This means that building with one cubic meter of wood, in place of other construction materials like concrete, blocks, or bricks, can save up 0.75 to 1 tonne of CO2 emissions.
- Health and Wellbeing.
- Fire Performance. Yes, timber is a combustible material but it burns in a slow, predictable and measurable way. These factors mean that timber actually performs strongly in fire events, when compared to other materials. During the event of a fire, a charcoal layer will be formed on the surface of the timber and this layer will contribute to the fire resistance of the material. The charcoal layer insulates the inner core of the timber and it will slow down the heat penetration, keeping the temperate in the unburned material low and enabling the timber to carry its load much longer than steel. The protective charcoal layer created during a fire will also reduce the overall combustion rate of the timber. This natural self-defence mechanism increases the possibility for a timber structure to survive a fire while maintaining its strength and stability.
- Natural Insulation. Timber is naturally an insulating material that creates a barrier between heat and cold. The secret can be found in the many air pockets within the cellular structure of timber products, meaning that light weight timber is a better insulator as thermal conductivity increases with density. Construction design with a focus on energy efficiency through lightweight timber can greatly contribute to maximising comfort and minimising non renewable energy use. In addition, timber framed buildings can allow for extra insulation materials to be placed in spaces between framing members without increasing wall, ceiling, roof or floor thickness. The natural thermal properties of timber also maximise the efficiency of insulation materials as wood will not become cold or dissipate heat, therefore requiring less energy to maintain warmth throughout a building.
Benefits for You.
World studies have shown that being surrounded by wood in your home, work or school has positive effects our health. A recent report has found that exposure to wood products and interiors created similar health benefits to those created by spending time in nature. The report also including survey findings that reflected Australians are "innately drawn towards wood". Some of the reported health benefits include:
- Improved emotional state, and self-expression.
- Improved air quality by moderating humidity, encouraging easier breathing.
- Feelings of warmth and comfort.
- Lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels.
Australians spend over 90% of their time indoors; bringing nature inside is a positive step to a healthier future, for you and the environment.
That's way we recommend to not use any chemicals for protections on timber. We use natural and organic Tung Oil to prevent mould and insects attack. Tung Oil dry very long time. Up to 6-8 weeks, but does not create chemical fumes harmful to people.