Back in November 2013, we belatedly covered the inaugural World Wood Day. An initiative of the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), March 21st 2013 was chosen as the first World Wood Day because it corresponds with the International Day of Forests, which was recognised by the UN General Assembly in 2013. Organisers hope that by raising awareness of the cultural and ecological value of timber, the public and woodworking community will have a better understanding of the importance of conservation and forest reclamation projects. At the same time, they hope to highlight the skills of timber artisans from around the world and promote timber arts and crafts.

Established in 2007, the non-profit society’s larger mission is to:

  • Promote the “Wood is Good” concept, advocating a “harmonious coexistence between nature and people.”
  • Explore the value and usage of wood from a cultural perspective.
  • Provide a platform to study wood culture and encourage woodworking practice and promotion of woodworking.

In 2014, China is hosting World Wood Day, but concurrent events are scheduled for other locations around the world as well. Over 50 countries, including Australia, will be participating in what promises to be an exciting series of events.

The theme for 2014 is “Wood in a Changing Culture.” Culturally, wood has significance as a medium for artistic expression and cross-cultural communication. World Wood Day 2014 honours multi-cultural creativity with a collaborative wood art project. From the 6th to the 18th of March, an international team of wood artists will work together to create a truly international work of art that will be unveiled after events kick off on March 21st.

Other events to be held between the 21st and 24th of March include:

  • “Wood: Art, Joy and Culture” wood carving exhibition
  • “Homeland” wood carving show
  • Woodturning demonstrations
  • A furniture making event
  • Chinese college students’ woodworking competition
  • Folk arts and wood crafts exhibition and live show

The World Wood Day events are going to be held at the Xianyou China Classical Art Expo City in Fujian province. Because of its distant location, it’s not likely many Australian woodworking enthusiasts will be able to attend in person, but it’s nice to know that fine woodworking is finally being acknowledged on an international scale. Now only in its second year, the event has already expanded. More countries are participating this year and the event is expected to be larger than the inaugural event, which was held in Tanzania.

In choosing March 21st as World Wood Day, the organisers hope to achieve two goals:

  1. Promote traditional timber craftsmanship from around the world and
  2. Increase public awareness of the International Day of Forests.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations writes on their official International Day of Forests website: “Forests and trees sustain and protect us, providing clean air and water, safeguarding biodiversity and acting as a buffer against climate change. For many people, they also offer food, shelter and employment. It is up to us in turn to sustain and protect our forests.” No one understands this better than we who work with timber every day. At Allkind Joinery, we applaud the establishment of a special day to highlight the importance of forests and timber to all of us.

Image courtesy of InternationalWoodCultureSociety

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