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In the News: A Worker of Ancient Woods

Brazilian woodworker Hugo França crafts the type of furniture that makes me crave a bigger house — one that would be big enough to fit his stunning pieces. França's monolithic furniture is inspired from the natural curves of the trees themselves, and often the shape of a trunk or branch will guide França in his use of the particular piece of wood. França, who spent 15 years in self-imposed isolation in northeastern Brazil, has spent the past twenty-odd years learning woodworking and sculpting trees into curvaceous, singular works of livable art. All of his furniture is made out of trees that have naturally fallen or burned in the rain forest. This wood, called pequi, is an important staple and symbol for the indigenous residents of Brazil's Cerrado region. The New York Times has the whole story in Julia Chaplin's article An Old Friend of Ancient Woods.

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