When you start dealing with natural wood, you understand that nature has its own rules.
It starts with the smell, the smell of fresh soil, the smell of the moss of green leaves and of course the smell of decay.
So why the smell of decay? I choose the wood carefully piece by piece, I believe that the tree has its own life, has a purpose and has a role, so I only work with fallen or decayed trees, or eaten by tree worms pieces.
This is not a planed, disinfected pine beam, nor is it a processed oak that has undergone massive drying in the oven.
The smell of decay is almost addictive, after deployment – one of my favorite crafts is digging through the wood and taking out the rotten or eaten parts, the endless burrows, and the beautiful trenches created by these amazing little bugs. When you finish your cleaning and sanding, the power of nature is fully exclaimed, you take a great breath from the floating air of the MIron Mountain, raise your head up and realize that man can never bypass nature, and you only have the right to discover it a bit.
When you come to deal with natural wood, you first have to humble yourself, to bow to the terrors of nature, to its size, to the mystery that encapsulates behind every corner. Canal, of all stumps, and of almost any hood.
How did we get started with combining Epoxy and wood?
So first of all, a practice that I served to people with a slice of olive wood with holes, they were fascinated by the look, but the bottom line was objects that fell out of it spilled from it, and certainly did not fit to use with food.
So we started with a glass top, which would make the product expensive, making it fragile and dangerous, and less pleasant for use with food.
Then we discovered Epoxy, a material that was used primarily as a glue and coating for heavy objects. The epoxy world industry (which rolls out about 15$ billion a year) has countless different forms of epoxy, it comes with metal blends for the metal industry, with quick drying catalysts, more transparent and clear, more fluid and viscous.
It took me a long time to figure out which type to use, which on the one hand would provide maximum clarity, that it could be cast, and that it could be processed after casting.
The process itself is quite complicated, but keeping rules and order and lots of patience makes it much easier for the business.
In the end, the resulting product is a kind of glass surface that is integrated into the wood, giving it a uniform surface appearance, and of course much more practical, of course in which it can solve other problems, such as a slice of wood composed of several parts that they will self-decay, the epoxy paste Put them together and create an amazing collage.
The epoxy makes us look at the tree from another angle, seeing it at its best on the one hand and on the other hand keeps the slice from future cracks and future explosions caused by the expansion and contraction of the tree.
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