The life expectancy of a wooden dwelling has little to do with paint and paint brush - and traditionally, wooden buildings never saw a coat of paint. Most people nowadays don't hesitate and apply a coating to seal any wooden surface thinking they are preserving the wood. However, just a few years later, they are faced with paint peeling off and wood rot underneath.
It is important for us to realize that the swiss stone pine tree is very beneficial to our principles of sustainable wood and green building. As the pine represents an all-year long perseverance whether through storms or winters, it reminds the people who live in it to take life with peace and endurance. The tree itself is a companion which conveys many lessons through its life in the mountains.
For residential buildings, the swiss stone pine is very well suited to wall claddings, wood finishings, and wood furniture. Not only is the scent useful in many ways, but the oil that it originates from protects things such as food and clothing to be protected from bacteria that can prove to be harmful. As such, for centuries our ancestors of Europe have used this advantage in their daily living.
One of Thoma Holz100’s favourite is the swiss stone pine for its scent, which is both fragrant for its inhabitants and also act as a repellant to unwanted pests and insects. Initially coloured in lighter hues, over time it becomes reddened – giving it a special visual characteristic. Especially for wood workers, or carpenters, the swiss stone pine is widely loved for its velvety and buttery texture when carved.
Although the spruce tree is not special that puts her above the others, she has a unique character which is connecting, humbling, and finds balance between everything of life. If one word was to represent her, it would be unity. Encouraging the union of extremes and differences, the spruce brings about harmony by staying upright. As such, the spruce as a building material brings security, a clear mind, and balance.
Her favourite soil is the one filled with nutrients and air which is an aftermath of preparation by its fellow trees. However, the spruce tree does not only receive, but also provides through its characteristic as a tree with shallow roots. As accompanied by its neighbouring trees which are conversely deep rooted in species, the spruce tree is much appreciated in areas of cooler climate where it also maintains the soils to be balanced.
The spruce is one of the most beautiful type of trees in the winter. Found in cooler climates, spruce trees can grow up to fifty meters at locations that are favorable in condition. For our forests, the spruce brings numerous benefits which open up possibilities. Known as a tree of longevity, it also climbs its way to the top in high mountain ranges and finds home with its roots. Although not a pioneering tree, it makes its home along with other species.
As you can see from the characteristics that the oak tree exemplifies, such as endurance, willpower, and perseverance, it directly translates to a natural raw building material with the same characteristics. When oak wood is used for flooring, finishing, or for any other purpose, it brings any building a strong pure, raw energy. This invaluable tree will be important to those who desire to create and built large projects such as high wooden spaces.
Due to the enormous power that the Oak exemplifies, it also inhibits an incredible amount of stability and a stark presence among trees. With many oak trees aging over a thousand years old, they are left with a huge responsibility of preserving its fellow community in its span of time. More so than any other tree, it is powerful, heavier, harder, and permanent. It’s no wonder they are called powerful tree giants.
If we were to think of only one word to represent the oak tree, it would be power. Its root system is layered into two parts, where the first layer is flat-rooted and the second layer deep in the earth used to secure itself several meters deep into the ground. With the first layer right beneath the surface, it is able to use the first warmth from the sun at the break of spring, as well as the oxygen and water that seeps into the earth.
Between extremes, the Ash tree also combines them into an approach which proves to be prudent of its past and future. As the ash tree represents prudence, awareness in mind and consistency – it all teaches us to become responsible for our actions and also to act deliberately. When the other types of trees such as the oak become too harsh or rigid, the ash tree is a wonderful choice to those who find rest in its constant stillness.
For example, the ash trees grow with an incredible speed and cannot easily settle in soils like the alder and birch – however it grows its roots firmly into the earth right after. Ash trees also grow very tall and lush in its branches up to thirty meters! Unlike its predecessors such as the alder tree and the birch tree, ash trees can live to be several hundred years old. With those years and deep heart root resulting in durable and tough wood, it joins the powerful trees.
Thoma Holz100 Canada Inc. supports ecohomes, passive houses, and green buildings made of sustainable and nontoxic wood. That’s why the types of wood that we make available are all of high quality and the tree species available for the main building system ideal for its structural requirements. The ash particularly is very well balanced between the extremes and give them an edge over many other trees.
The pine tree species is significant to building a sustainable wood home, as it is consistent in its shape and form for decades – even centuries. Not only does the tree symbolize endurance and longevity, but even as a natural building material, it helps our minds to turn to positive thinking and restore us with the joys of life once again. With her versatility, she even prides herself with her victory over the most difficult conditions of life.
Even when the soil becomes very much barren, it becomes the pioneer of the conifers. If there was ever a tree which started it all, and also the last one standing in such desolate lands, the pine would most likely be that tree. Although spruce and fir trees are of the same conifer family, they would not be able to endure through such harsh conditions. That’s why great pine forests are known to extend to the north as far as they can.
Thoma Holz100 uses only raw, pure wood for our building materials. One of our popular tree species is the pine, which as a tree is known for its strength, endurance, and longevity as the oldest pine tree on earth is aged over five thousand years. Even under extreme circumstances such as cold or hot climates, it survives through its capacity to hold amounts of water and moisture for long lengths of time.