The use of timber in our daily life dates back to prehistoric times when humans would use wood to create tools and weapons or as a source of fuel for fire. Jump forward a few hundred thousand years and timber was introduced to construction. In particular the building of shelters such as Neolithic longhouses, farm dwellings for humans and animals and boats to cross the waters. As we entered the common era, the Romans were using wood for writing tablets, and in 105 CE, the Chinese created paper from… you guessed it, wood.
As time goes by, it is human nature to attempt to improve our methods and practices, and the use of timber is no exception. In the present day, we have a greater understanding of timber, so where our ancestors would consider all timbers to be similar, we know the difference between hardwood and softwood, ensuring the ideal timber is used every time.