The Tree of Life begins early in Man’s civilization. In most religions, the tree represents birth, the creation of life. In Genesis, it represented Adam and Eve’s connection to the Divinity. The Bo Tree, also called Bodhi Tree, according to Buddhist tradition, is the pipal under which the Buddha sat when he attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, India. To the Mayans, the Mayan World Tree is represented by a different color, and its central point is considered the base through each of the layers of existence, the heavens, the earth, and the underworld. In Islam, the ‘Tree of Immortality’ is the same as Christianity’s Tree of Life. But unlike the biblical account, the Quran says there was only one tree in Eden which Allah forbade to Adam and Eve. And similar to Christianity, Judaism believes in the Old Testament, so the entire Tree of life/Tree of Knowledge is really important and has fascinating symbolisms in the form of the Kabbalah representation.
In Norse mythology, the gods and goddesses lived in Asgard. In the center of Asgard stood The Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, an eternal green Ash tree; the branches of which stretched out over all of the nine worlds and extended up and above the heavens.
What do trees do for our very existence on Earth, check out the Tree People website, for 22 benefits of trees.
Wood is beautiful, natural, and beneficial, unlike modern-day plastics and other man-made synthetic elements. Trees mark the four seasons, bring shelter, warmth, provide food and conserve water. They also prevent erosion. Trees also tell us about our environment and teach us about weather cycles over decades, before even records were kept.
Constructing beautiful objects to use in our every day lives, bring calm and serenity into our lives. And when created with respect and love are priceless.