We previously covered Hilla Shamia's innovative "wood casting" technique and Andrew Perkins' equally gorgeous wood-metal blended furniture. Another firm we've come across blending wood with an unlike material—in this case, resin—is MTH Woodworks, a "functional art and design company" out of British Columbia, Canada.
MTH's Bloom Collection takes cedar and birch salvaged from Vancouver Island and surrounds it with resin, forming precisely flat, functional surfaces that nevertheless highlight the organic beauty of the encased wood.
"Our calling," writes the company, "is to re-connect people with the fundamental feeling of strength and serenity the trees give us every day." That being said, when they posted a video explaining where they get their inspiration from, we were expecting the usual—a sensitive-looking bearded guy talking about the majesty of craft while the camera slowly rack-focuses on a handtool. Instead we were treated to our favorite kind of video, GoPro footage shot from mountain bikes and snowboards:Not that it's all fun and games, of course. The MTH crew only salvages trees that have already bit the bullet, and getting that stuff out of the forest and back to their shop takes a lot of elbow grease: