Surprising things that can be made from wood – other than log cabins!

Posted Nov 04, 2020, Category: Lists

Since Eurodita is a prolific log cabin manufacturer and therefore, we tend to talk about our beloved bespoke log homes a lot. However, there is another thing that we love and that is wood. It’s a truly fascinating material that stays alive even after the home is built. It’s resistant to heat, cold, exhibits remarkable longevity and is extremely malleable. That is why there are so many great things that can be made out of wood.

In this post, we would like to go over some ways timber can be used outside log home manufacture. Some of its uses are functional, others inspirational. However, there are some cases where the use of wood can be truly wasteful and should be discouraged. Timber for us is the primary raw material. We love it and we use only the finest quality. We also make sure to reduce the waste during the production of bespoke homes as much as possible. That is why we would like to cover not just the good, but also the bad.

Keeping warm

One of the remarkable things that wood does is keep us warm. No, not just burning wood as fuel in our cozy log cabin homes. Wood fibres also go into insulation material, that is also hardened by a synthetic binder. Almost all modern construction utilises this insulation technique, including for some of our own glulam log homes. It would be hard to imagine a warm house without timber.

Aiming high

Wood had a breakthrough technology called cross-laminated timber – or CLT. Its performance in the construction sector is superb and it has been deemed possible to use CLT in constructing a skyscraper. Overall, it’s cheaper to produce than regular timber items and easy to assemble – just like our own glulam timber houses which utilise a very similar technology to CLT. On top of that, cross-laminated and glue-laminated wood performs better on handling fires over concrete or steel.

Recently, a Danish architect has designed a skyscraper that is made of wood. It’s due to be completed in 2023 and will be standing tall in Stockholm at 34 storeys. Truly a marvel of engineering and innovation.

Everyday items

There are two everyday items that most of us use, but never realise is made of wood. One of them is food wrapping. In its production, food wrapping uses cellulose that is found in and obtained from wood. It exhibits low permeability to water, oils, bacteria and air oils, making it a very popular compound for production.

Another everyday item that is gaining popularity is – clothes. Specifically clothes made from bamboo. The material produced from this type of tree has remarkable qualities: it hold its shape, is very absorbent and prevents foot odour due to its natural antibacterial properties. It’s growing trend and luckily, most bamboo farms are FCS approved. It means that majority of clothes produced from bamboo fabric are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The many uses of cellulose

Other than food wrapping, cellulose is an incredibly versatile material. Starting off, there are many types of cellulose that is found in different timber. With this variety and proper production processes, it’s possible to make various paints, makeup and even toothpaste. With a different type of cellulose, things like LCD screens, eyeglass frames and even cigarette filters. Timber provides all the different type of cellulose that is necessary for these everyday items and more.

Final remarks

Timber is extremely versatile. It’s in every part of our lives, from smallest drip of toothpaste, to the made to measure log cabins that we live in. It’s important to be reminded how we benefit from timber and how important it is to us. We always look for the finest softwood timber that we can find to produce the highest quality glulam log cabins. We cannot help but spare a thought for the raw material that makes our bespoke log cabins possible.