An interesting project entitled “The Wood Standard” by furniture artisan Luke Bartels, who operates in the San Francisco Bay area and creates unique hand-crafted pieces using locally salvaged hardwoods. “Part of the concept of the project is pegging of the price of the bricks to the price of gold…which engages so many of the issues that I’m trying to bring into the piece; market value, commodity fetishism…the charlatanry involved in the trading markets and the green/eco revolution”. The price of the bars fluctuates along with the price of gold and was $564.88 on September 3rd. A nice analogy showing that trees are as much valuable as gold (and more). We like!