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(Fast Company)   Ashley is earning her engineering PhD at MIT. Ashley's got wood. Maybe if you visit her lab, she'll show you her wood, or even give you wood   ( divider line
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2021-01-28 10:09:25 AM  
Wood is good.

Cosmo Kramer invention #5
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2021-01-28 10:34:21 AM  
It's Beckwith!
2021-01-28 11:25:13 AM  
how complicated is this process?

are we talking Bobs?
or Angels?

/im sorry
2021-01-28 11:31:13 AM  
Why? I'm guessing it is a lot cheaper and less resource intensive to grow a tree out in a field?
2021-01-28 11:53:40 AM  

I think turning old shopping bags and tires into synthetic lumber is better for the environment than any savings from wood production. That leftover never goes to waste.. the mill I get my lumber at burns softwood leftovers for power and sells cheap hardwood pellets for stoves. The synthetic lumber producer makes pieces up to 40' long and up to 2'x2' square. Why someone would need a beam that big is beyond me, but they exist.
2021-01-28 11:57:11 AM  
What technology for making artificial wood may look like

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2021-01-28 12:03:56 PM  
Ashley Dickwith is growing wood?  Tell me more.
2021-01-28 12:09:15 PM  
Damn Elves.
2021-01-28 1:28:33 PM  
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Grow items like chairs and tables you say.
2021-01-28 1:39:01 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Why? I'm guessing it is a lot cheaper and less resource intensive to grow a tree out in a field?

The article suggests you go ahead and let trees grow out in a field forest and leave them alone.

One useful application for cell-cultured wood that came to kind is "tonewood" traditionally used in musical instruments of many types, but famously guitars and violins.

Take as example a classical or folk acoustic guitar.  All the wood that goes into one is selected for a variety of tone, stability and strength properties - approximately in that order of importance.  Most of the wood is carefully selected to be knot-free, then is quarter-sawn, especially for necks, tops and backs.  This provides long, parallel grains of consistent strength and density to minimize twisting and warping of the instrument over time.  And front-facing instrument parts like sound boards (the "top" of a guitar) are often selected for their beauty as well.

So a fair portion of a tree selected for tonewood might be "wasted" in the process of culling, sawing and selecting - and again in waste from instrument making.  Some trees prized for finger/fretboards are slow growing and becoming rare.

So what if I could grow a beautiful sound board with just the grain and tone properties I want and at just the dimensions to fit, sand and finish?  And similarly lab-grow an ebony fingerboard without harming any rare trees nor encouraging any illegal trade?
2021-01-28 4:26:51 PM  
I saw them use an Oxford comma in the article.
She should have asked someone from Harvard.
Preferably a dude also named Ashley.
2021-01-28 5:11:19 PM  
Rectangular trees would be a huge help.

Stage trees (Niven) for the win.
2021-01-28 6:20:19 PM  

Destructor: Rectangular trees would be a huge help.

Stage trees (Niven) for the win.

Gotta be pretty careful with those down at the lumber mill.
2021-01-28 8:22:28 PM  
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