The following article was originally
Wood News No. 16, Fall 1985
TREEN: Made of 'tree'; wooden. Of or belonging
to a tree or trees; in quot. 1670, obtained or made from
Oxford English Dictionary.
When you start making treen, it doesn't take too long to
find out you need more wood. If you make flat things like a
cutting board or Lazy Susan, you can buy what you need. One
trouble with turned objects is that wood from a lumber yard or
specialty store is expensive. Worse, expensive wood ensures a
mind-set that you can't afford to experiment, that you'd
better hold your breath, not wiggle, and be perfect. With only
a single pretty piece of walnut, apprehension can outweigh
pleasure, and if you screw things up as I often do, you can
get severely bitten in the pocketbook.