The International Wood Culture Expo

Xianyou County, Fujian Province, China
March 21, 2014
The International Wood Culture Expo

Opening Ceremony

The Expo Square

The Wood Carving Show Participant

The Wood Carving Show Participant

The Wood Carving Show Participant



Children Event

Children Event

Children Event


March 4, 2014

Howard Rosen, International Wood Culture Society, 301-384-0331, hrosen@fs.fed.us
Stan Wellborn, American Association of Woodturners, 202-362-6609, stan.wellborn@gmail.com

World Wood Day, an international gathering of public officials, forestry and forest products experts, business leaders, scientists, and artisans will convene mainly in the United States and China in late March to examine the growing value of wood as a natural resource and a medium for cultural expression.

The Melting Pot of American Culture and How it has Impacted the Use of Wood will be the theme of the 2014 World Wood Day meetings, according to Mike Wen-Pin Hou, director of the International Wood Culture Society (http://www.woodculture.org/) and a board member of the World Wood Day Foundation, which is sponsoring the activities.

World Wood Day will be observed March 20-25, 2014 in Fujian Province, China as part of the IWCS agenda. Related events are being planned by an IWCS committee in Washington, DC for March 21 and 22, including a symposium, a woodturning demonstration, and a tour of a local wood art collection.

The March 21 event will take place at the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation headquarters 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland, and will be videocast to participants in China.

Highlights of the program will include discussions by a variety of talks by wood experts, including:

  • Harvey Green, professor at Northeastern University in Boston – Woods and Woodworking of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
  • Buddy Showalter, vice president of technical transfer at the American Wood Council – How Wood Standards Affect Wood
  • Chen Zhangjing, professor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – The importance of seasoning wood for making wood products
  • Louise Murgia, Society of American Foresters – How SAF has Influenced Wood and Forest Culture in the US
  • Barbara Weber, Washington, DC, artist – Baskets-From the Perspective of Wood
  • James Cottle – The Wooden Fish Decoy: History, Craft, and Function
  • Stan Wellborn, American Association of Woodturners – Utilizing Craft's Most Organic Material: A Short History of Modern Woodturning

Demonstrations on Native American wood carving, wooden basket making, wood turning, and wooden acoustic guitar making with accompanying music will conclude the first day's program.

The March 22 events at the same location will include special programs for children to focus on tree growing and wood products, and craft demonstrations, including toy making, basket weaving, wooden instrument making, woodturning, Native American woodcarving, and furniture making.

Also scheduled is a tour at the home of a private wood collector near Washington, DC.

The International Wood Culture Society is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of wood enthusiasts, dedicated to the research, education and promotion of wood culture. The IWCS seeks to:

  • Promote the concept "Wood Is Good" and advocate 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 related practice and promotion.
  • Establish World Wood Day (March 21) and to disseminate the value of wood and wood use in our daily life.

Howard Rosen, a long-time official of the United States Forest Service, is local planning chair of the Washington-area events.

China bound woodies

Feb 10, 2014

By Steve Bulman

Opportunities on offer to members of our WorldSkills family do not cease at the end of a competition cycle. Such is the case for Cabinetmaker Brett Cahill and Joiner Lukas Page, who will be off to Fujian Province, China in the middle of March to participate in a week long skill and wood culture extravaganza.

Quite out of the blue, the International Wood Culture Society  (IWCS) forwarded an invitation to Brett, 2013 Cabinetmaking Skillaroo, to attend the 2014 World Wood Day International Competition an event in Xianyou, with representatives from 50 countries. The invitation stated "your participation in the 2013 WorldSkills Competition has greatly convinced us that you are an ideal participant".

2010 National Joinery Gold Medallist, BBM recipient and Ern MacDonald Finalist, Lukas Page also received and accepted an invitation, the organisers looking forward to Lukas demonstrating his skills at the event.

The IWCS have recognised that WorldSkills is the ideal breeding and training ground for industry high achievers and a ready source of International Ambassadors. To represent Australia is a huge honour, one which we are confident Brett and Lukas will perform well.

Good luck with the trip and experience, we look forward to reports of how well WorldSkills Australia representatives fared on yet another world stage.

Original link from WorldSkills Australia