Why Wood is Our Primary Material
HISTORICAL + INTIMATE
Woodworking has been a defining human activity through all ages of development. “It is the one material,” Roland Ennos writes in The Age of Wood, “that has provided continuity in our long evolutionary and cultural story, from apes moving about the forest, through spear-throwing hunter-gatherers and ax-wielding farmers to roof-building carpenters and paper-reading scholars.”
Wood craftsmanship connects us to generations of people over thousands of years. In fact, it’s now known to date back 1.5-million-years. Beyond this long arc of history, we often find closer familial ties to the craft that instill respect and appreciation. For example, we may know a grandfather or other relative who is a woodworker. Because of this, we immediately understand the mastery involved -- shaping wood into refined objects requires material and tooling knowledge as well as patience and consistent practice.
The tactile qualities of the material are particularly gratifying. Wood is warm to the touch and can range from a smooth, satin feel to a rustic, textured experience depending on the finishing technique. The scent of wood is aromatic. In one’s hand, its weight is significant. It is also firm and dense, showing its strength and durability. When properly handled, hardwood can extend beyond a lifetime, up to 100 years.
Just like each individual honoree, the wood grain of every award is uniquely beautiful. These organic lines and shapes are one-of-a-kind markers, much like fingerprints. Each knot and year ring tells the story of that particular tree. The distinct qualities that make award recipients special and deserving are mirrored in the captivating character of our wooden awards.
Wood is a sustainable choice because it is first and foremost a natural renewable resource that can be replenished. Wood’s longevity (meaning using less material for new products) adds to its environmental appeal. Any wood scraps and cutoffs that occur during fabrication are 100% re-usable for small scale projects, recyclable or biodegradable. We also work to ensure we replenish this valuable resource by planting one tree per order.
IMPACT ON WELLNESS
Research shows that wood produces measurable physiological and psychological health benefits. Wood has a similar stress-reducing effect to nature. Environments that incorporate wood have a calming and relaxing effect. Workers are less stressed and more productive, students learn better, patients heal faster, and people are generally happier in spaces that contain natural elements like wood.
Trophyology Wood Species
We focus on four wood species in our work: Walnut, Ebonized Walnut, Maple, and Reclaimed.