The Smell of Wood

by Jeannie Tucker

When I first came to work for Talic, I wanted to save every little scrap piece of wood.  I imagined all of these crafty little projects I could make.  Little step stools with the Ash, trivets perhaps, and back yard campfires with the tiny pine pieces.

The Ash is my favorite – generally straight grained with a uniform texture, the wood is typically light in color. But every now and then, you get varied colors running through it, and I love the character it shows.  I have a little scrap piece sitting on my desk.  It reminds me of the Arizona desert.  Another piece looks like the setting sun on the ocean, and yet another resembles the rippled sand floor of the sea. Ok, I have a vivid imagination, a small knot of wood can become many things to my minds eye.

The Ash we use comes from the bottomland sites throughout southern coastal plains.  It is sustainable lumbering.  A hardwood, Ash is extremely tough and strong – it’s what baseball bats are made from – and yet it’s relatively lightweight.  We use Ash for all of our posts and vertical uprights of our free-standing racks.  Look around your home, you have Ash. It is used in furniture, flooring, cabinets, sporting equipment (think bats and in Talic products too  )

We do not treat any of our lumber.  The Ash is beautiful as is.  But if you wish to, you can stain it – Ash accepts color well, and polishes to an elegant sheen.

We also use Southern Yellow Pine.  Yellow Pine, although not technically a “hardwood”, is in fact, a “hard” pine.  It’s been used since, well, since people have built things.  In fact, it’s the preferred wood for most projects, from framing houses to building decks.  We use Yellow Pine for the horizontals of our free standing racks, and for the brackets of our Classic racks.  It’s a great all-purpose wood – it’s abundant (again, only sustainable forests for us), it’s adaptable and easy to use.

My only wish is that I smelled the wood!  When someone enters the shop, the first thing they say is, “Oh!  Smell that wood!”  I’ve become so accustomed to it, I no longer smell it.  I think I need a vacation.  So when I return, I, too, can exclaim,”Oh!  Smell that wood!”  Yup, works for me