The aesthetics of 'natural' timber are lost on me - I like right angles That being said, engineered timber is a renewable resource, and much more efficient (grams of wood per weight of load bearing) than natural timbers, so I don't think it's a bad way to go. There's an energy input of course, but I suspect it's nothing like what would go into steel or concrete.
They gave me pumpkin ice cream. It was not pumpkin pie ice cream. Wiping my tongue on this tiny ad:
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