How is it that our ability to manifest an object from a
natural resource can still leave us so separated from the value of its origin?
It is easy to forget where our materials come from. Our
ability to easily manipulate and refine natural resources can sometimes remove
us from the life that our materials once had. This life is frequently lost in
A stone shows no trace of the amount of dynamite needed to
remove the mass from the earth, but the patterns and veins remind us of the
depths from which they came. A tree becomes flat, straight boards, and is composed
into an object far from its origins. A clear board is appreciated for its
natural beauty, yet many people will discard or cut away any piece with knots
I believe that the true beauty of material lies in its
imperfections. The knots in the wood or the cracking of a log remind us of the
materials previous life. The veins, cracks, and rough edges of the stone remind
us that even the most solid depths of the earth hold a certain amount of
This is not to say that we should not refine our materials
to make them work for us, but their integrity should be respected.