Making art with wood is not an arbitrary decision. There is an inscribed physical history in bark and grain and burls and knots that differ from tree to tree. These thread-like scratches, these marks, tell stories. Wood is integral to our very existence in a range of ways, encompassing our man-made environments as well as both utilitarian and decorative items. The organic qualities of wood, our ability to manipulate its shape, its abundance, and its renewable potential are among the reasons wood permeates our culture – including the art world.