John Economaki is the head guy at Bridge City Tool Works. I check out his blog from time to time, and recently he announced a contest to identify the Rarest Wood in the World. The idea being to come up with a creative entry, John’s “Mirror Maple” pretty much tells the story.
I’m a sucker for these kinds of contests where the goal is to do something creative and the barrier to entry is low. Things like “Make Something from a Two-By-Four” get me every time. I generally don’t enter, between work and family obligations I have little enough time to play in the shop and I seem to have a plethora of projects vying for my time already. But still, I enjoy thinking through possible entries. The entries need to have a stand built to John’s specifications, common and latin names and short description.
My first thought was something like “Detroit Ironwood” featuring a small, rusty car part.
Corrodious Ferum, extremely hard and dense, flourishes in urban climates with significant snowfall and salted streets.
Then I thought about “Western Yellow Beech” with a vial of sand and a few tiny shells.
Avalonius Funicellous, Weather resistant and popular for decorating outdoor events, often found with marine inclusions
Still thinking. Generally my friends know to run when that happens. What are your thoughts?