Working with our hands is in our human nature, and wood is a material we’ve long had a deep-rooted connection with.

This volume is a celebration of wood, its beauty and versatility as a material, the ways we've learnt to craft it, and its presence and permanence in our lives. It exhibits the raw tactility of its fibres that those who work with must be attuned to and respect, and it excites in the stories that the material itself holds. It explores the cultures and practices that have formed around wood, and it reflects on our relationship with woodlands as a reminder of the reciprocity of the natural world. Above all though, it uncovers fascinating stories of passionate people working in a diverse range of practices and places – from a driftwood kayak builder, a traditional Korean papermaker, wilderness-foraging perfumers, charcoal makers to bamboo bicycle builders.

Volume Three

The Wood Volume

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Working with our hands is in our human nature, and wood is a material we’ve long had a deep-rooted connection with.

This volume is a celebration of wood, its beauty and versatility as a material, the ways we've learnt to craft it, and its presence and permanence in our lives. It exhibits the raw tactility of its fibres that those who work with must be attuned to and respect, and it excites in the stories that the material itself holds. It explores the cultures and practices that have formed around wood, and it reflects on our relationship with woodlands as a reminder of the reciprocity of the natural world. Above all though, it uncovers fascinating stories of passionate people working in a diverse range of practices and places – from a driftwood kayak builder, a traditional Korean papermaker, wilderness-foraging perfumers, charcoal makers to bamboo bicycle builders.

Intrepid Waters

Kiliii Yu is a multifaceted guy with a unique story; he's a kayaker, a boat designer, a climber, a professional adventure photographer, a wilderness survival guide, a classical violinist; and amidst all this, he runs his own kayak-building business.

A Wilderness of Alchemy and Artistry

Discovering the process of the world's only "wilderness fragrance distillery", Juniper Ridge, with a small team of perfumers capturing wilderness scents and crafting them into bottled fragrances.

Korean Papermaking: Paper, Place People

One woman's journey to discover and revive the ancient art of hanji.

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A Renewed Life

Could we be on the verge of a renaissance in woodland management? Coppiced woodlands may hold the key to a regenerative and near-limitless supply of timber and wood fuel.

Against the Grain

From old railway carriages to disused scaffolding planet comes the reclaimed timber for bespoke furniture making. This feature uncovers the practice of two craftspeople in London and their approach to "urban Lumberjacking", reclamation, and sustainable design.

Grass Routes

Bamboo is a silent superhero of the botanical world. In this feature, we learn about bamboo's incredible attributes and how it can be used for the construction of our much-loved bicycles.