Books were known as “Buoh” in Germany in the Middle Ages. You couldn't just flick through them, as they were made from beechwood writing tablets. But beech not only gave us the word “book”, but it is also known as the “mother of the forest”, as it is Germany's most prevalent, indigenous tree. Its wood is very versatile. It is strong with a smooth texture; it characteristically has many rings and it has a down to earth, simple and at the same time warm and natural appearance. Beech trees also provide a lot for the environment: They yield far more energy than is necessary for processing them.