Saturday, 13 March 2010

Ethical wood

Many of the most beautiful woods come from South America or Africa. Some are in fact endangered species and should never really find their way onto the market. Some such as Honduras Rosewood and African blackwood do appear occasionally as does Spanish Mahogany. It is difficult to really ascertain what is or isn't endangered so personally I tend to use wood that is native the the UK or is common in gardens. Perhaps of equal ethical consideration though is the use of rubber wood, commonly found in wooden objects in supermarkets and euphemistically often sold as environmentally farmed. What they don't tell you is that the farms have often supplanted the farms of the locals who are reduced to having to work for the corporations that are growing the rubber. If you are buying any wooden objects don't be afraid to ask where the wood comes from as some turners such as myself use a lot of recycled wood and offcuts from other products. Anything turned in this country has probably been made by someone who loves wood and is unique as well as environmentally sound but ask all the same. Have a look at the work you see in a craft fair or gallery and compare it to those that you see in supermarkets and see the difference.

1 comment:

  1. Actually that is quite a good point. As consumers we don't feel at all afraid to ask where our meat,vegetables etc come from so why should we not challenge where equally environmentally connected products come from.