A to Zanthoxylum

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A to Zanthoxylum is a set of pencils made of 26 timber species arranged alphabetically by scientific name. Timber has been the material of choice for writing and printing words and letters for centuries, consolidating the relationship between abstract thoughts and their physical manifestation. These pencils are based on the work of George Loddiges, who, in 1840, planted an alphabetical arboretum along the perimeter of Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, a last place of rest for non-conformists and dissenters. Through replanting, propagation, diseases and other disturbances, the arboretum has now turned into scattered letters and accidental words, resembling chance poetry.