The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Japan, Two Years Later

You'll recall from a Go Wood post a year ago the Japanese people were still essentially digging out of the terrible tsunami damage inflicted on their northern coastal cities. It was a poignant reminder that few things in life are more devastating that natural catastrophes...and of the remarkable community spirit and determined will of the Japanese people.

Another year later, and the story is beginning to take on a sober, yet hopeful, turn. Much of the wreckage has been removed, and the rebuilding process has begun to help start the healing. And the fine people of the Canadian wood products industry have stepped up to help that process.

From the Canada Wood Group...
The Canada Wood Group, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Province of British Columbia, are spearheading projects using Canadian wood in the construction of several major community buildings; the first, the Donguri Anne Public Library in Natori was unveiled earlier this year. That building is a hybrid heavy timber post and beam structure that uses a wide variety of Canadian forest products such as Coastal Hem Fir, Western Red Cedar, and Maple flooring. 
“Our government is pleased to contribute to the reconstruction of Natori City – a community that was so severely impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011,” said Minister Oliver. “The reconstruction efforts in Natori will serve as an enduring symbol of friendship between Canada and Japan.” 
Canada and Japan share important and strong economic, cultural, historic ties and Japan is a long time export customer for the Canadian lumber industry. In 2011 when Japan needed help, Canada was only too happy to offer a hand. The Canadian forestry sector saw they could help in the rebuilding effort – providing an essential natural resource abundant in Canada, was one key way in which to reach a branch across the Pacific to our neighbours to the west.
Once again, people of the forest products industries demonstrate that their love of the land and its resources extends to compassion for people faced with hard times. It is the history and culture of wood folk.

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