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A picus is a woodpecker. I think I liked the association with wood, as an inside joke, perhaps. Sometimes I feel like I’m repeatedly smashing my head into wood. Picus was also a minor Roman god strongly associated with agriculture and farming, but also with trees.

As for ‘woodwrights,’ the suffix ‘–wright’ combines with other words in Old English to indicate one’s occupation – shipwright, wheelwright, playwright, woodwright, etc. I was drawn to the history of the word, particularly in that we see our work as part of a larger continuum that connects us back to the old master craftsmen and builders.

“I’m sure they smashed their heads into wood on occasion, as well.”

– Greg Bressler

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