This project presents a series of four measuring instruments utilised by dendrologists: the Finnish compass, the ruler, the set square and the circumference plate.
All materials are made of wood, with digital impressions designed to mark graduations of each ring. Matter is reduced to its most essential form, and only starts making sense when using the object.
Respect for the tree is a value that is at the heart of dendrology as well as today’s environmental issues. It is by bearing these ideas in mind that I conceived this project in early 2014.
This project dives deep into dendrology.Tree rings are measurements witnessing unveiling the tree’s identity. It is these marks I use to indicate a measure.This system is dependent on the tree’s arborescence itself, which respects the initial value of its identity.
If the third ring is at 3.3cm of the 0 mark, the measure will be marked even if this goes against traditional rules. Graduation is, in fact, subjected to matter, and, in this dendrological context, to the tree’s soul.
Dendrologists really hold at heart an extreme respect for trees, almost a spiritual one, which is not without reminding Celtic druids of ancient times. It was my core intention to preserve the drawing of the tree, even against normative rules of measurement.
The ruler is a tool of linear measurement. It is designed to measure rectilinear branches. Dendrologists list series of distances during their analyses, such as the distance between two knots for instance.
This plate is designed to measure the circumference of a branch or a trunk by placing the sample on the central point of the tool. By first making sure that the tree’s sample’s rings are coaxial, we can then observe which graduation rings encompass the sample.
The compass is an age-old tool designed to measure the diameter of a branch or a trunk.
Its amplitude enables dendrologists to partially englobe the tree sample, making it then possible to calculate its dimension.