WOOD, in the natural state, possesses certain great advantages, and some grave disadvantages, as a structural material. The same is true of the untreated metals. But, whereas nowadays the metallic raw products are, in general, transformed into materials of higher quality by careful smelting, alloying, and other processes, wood is still employed to a great extent in its raw state, i.e., as it occurs in Nature. All previous attempts to improve wood have yielded quite inadequate results, judged by the standard of the advances made in this direction in the field of metallurgy.
Brenner, I.P. (1938), "Wood as a Homogeneous Material: Part I—A Method of Improving Wood for Structural Purposes", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 10 No. 5, pp. 129-134. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb030309
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