A beautiful illustrated book by Tibor Uhrin exploring wood as a versatile material in the history of crafts, from the work of unknown early craftsmen to contemporary design re-interpretations.
By just flicking through the pages of Tibor Uhrin’s Wood, Design and Tradition (Drevo, Dizajn a Tradicia), one realizes that the book is a love declaration from somebody who almost everyday talks, thinks, and possibly works with this material… somebody that has taught about it to hundreds of design students, guiding them to use it in many exciting designs.
Beautifully illustrated, the book (in English and Slovak) explores wood as a versatile material in the history of crafts, from the work of unknown early craftsmen to contemporary design re-interpretations. The book offers a comprehensive survey: from anonymous traditional handiwork to recent explorations of CNC technology, through the work of famous designers that have worked with this noble and ancient material.
The volume in structured as a series of thematic chapters, that encompass the key aspect of woodworking, from its material properties and sensory qualities to the wide variety of techniques to transform it. Possibly the book’s most striking trait is the variety of possibilities, and its uncommon quality.
With its book Tibor really opens, for those not in the field, a door to a new world.
Nicolò Ceccarelli - Marco Sironi