Transparent wood

This one is for Dan and MW. (And my Dad).

Turns out you can remove the cell structure of wood, that’s the yellow stuff.
What you are left with is a fragile, but transparent bit of wood.
Here’s the clever bit, you fill the space you left with some transparent glue…. Now the wood is as strong as it was, but see through.


Cause you can! I mean really, if you have to ask, this is the wrong blog for you to be reading!

….his team at the University of Maryland, College Park, have removed the molecule in wood—lignin—that makes it rigid and dark in color. They left behind the colorless cellulose cell structures, filled them with epoxy, and came up with a version of the wood that is mostly see-thru. They published their results today in the journal Advanced Materials.