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THE GOOD IN WOOD
Is imagination something thats inborn? Is it something that develops after birth? Is it a gift of the spirit? Or a reward thats earned?
25 June 2014 Wednesday 01:31
Is imagination something thats inborn? Is it something that develops after birth? Is it a gift of the spirit? Or a reward thats earned? Is it the product of certain genes? The outcome of curious play? Personally, I think its all of that and more. And Id also be willing to bet that as long as humans have indulged and exercised their imaginations, and wanted to share their stories, theyve turned to wood.
Next time you listen to someone tell a compelling story, watch their hands. Theyre probably just as alive as the tongue of teller. The hands wont be still. It seems clear that theres a connection between memory, imagination and the use of the hands. And what material did humanity first reach for in the beginning to aid them in the crafting of their stories, their imaginations?
For me thats why wood has such towering appeal. Especially for toys. Its something that grows and develops, is living and ready to share a story. Its something that can be re-animated as we invest it anew with the spirit of our imaginations. Its also incredibly satisfying to the touch, unlike say, plastic.
Even when painted and machine cut, wood retains something that just about every other medium loses.
Maybe the tactile beauty of wood comes from the spirit of the tree. Long after its roots have withered it still manages to stir life and sing new stories and new ideas into our hands. Thats why despite the lure of iPads and plastic toys, Im going to keep bringing home wood puzzles and entertainments.
Even now these games speak to the kid inside.
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