Back to the drawing board

I’ve been having trouble making connections with the word improve and the material wood. I think it might be a good idea to re-visit and dissect the meaning of the word improve and perhaps list some synonyms.

I’m also inspired to take from Shelley’s take on questioning improvement rather than validating it. Has wood improved or impaired? Therefore I should explore antonyms, synonyms and some examples.


advance, better, boost, correct, develop, enhance, help, increase, lift, progress, promote, raise, recover, reform


decline, demote, depress, deteriorate, diminish, hinder, hurt, lessen, lose, reduce, worsen

I decided to make another mind map with a selection of themes from the first.

This mind map really helped me identify several themes I could play with.

Wood has been such a positive influence on mankind. Its the most versatile raw material man has ever worked with. It has been used for farming, building and construction, comfort items such as beds and chairs, fire and cooking and for tools to make hunting and warfare more effective.

That’s all well and good. However, I want to focus on who or what does not receive the benefit that harvested wood has to give. I want to focus on what we take from another when we do so.

I’m going to work with the idea of forest to factory. Deforestation leaves animals and other organisms without a sufficient environment in which to survive, whatever remaining environment that is in proximity is also affected by pollution from the diesel hungry machinery that cuts and mills the timber on site. This machinery and the activity that surrounds logging compacts soil, leaving it unable to breathe and host life below the surface which gives life to those above. It corrodes soil by way of removing all soil binding fauna, leaving the top soil on slopes and inclines defenceless to torrential rain that washes it down to the valleys and into the ocean.

This archaic material once was exactly what we needed. We can’t forget how fire and tool making is the reason we exist the way we do today. However, it might be time to work toward alternatives that are available to us. We can’t neglect the fact that mass forestation still occurs in the Amazon and all of the sentient wildlife that suffers as a result.




Back to the drawing board

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