Windcuts [flickr.com] consists of various experiments that turn quantitative sensor data into visually compelling physical instantiations. Wind movement measurement data, such as wind direction, velocity and temperature, was used as the foundation to generate a 3D form, which was then physically drilled out of a piece of wood.
The direction of the physical line corresponds with the direction of the wind. The width and speed of movement reflects the wind speed. The temperature is mapped unto the height. The materials 'surface plateau' height represents zero degrees Celsius. So when the shape dips below the surface, it means the wind's below zero degrees.
In terms of innovative wooden data representations, we already have:
. Tidal Data Table
. Weeping Willow Mood Sculptures
. Stock Market Data Sculpture
. 3D MRI Scan Model
. Bus Route Structure
. Global Cities