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IUFRO, part 3

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, October 12, 2014/Categories: Uncategorized

If you haven't heard about  World Wood Day  , you wouldn't be alone. It is one of those things you learn when wandering a showroom floor at a congress about trees. Wood Wood Day was founded by the  International Wood Culture Society  whose motto is appropriately: Wood is Good .

According to the Society: "World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated every year on March 21 to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable bio-material. World Wood Day celebrations aim to raise awareness and understanding of the key role wood plays in a sustainable world future through forest biodiversity conservation and the importance and true value of its responsible use."

A short video describes the work of the Society:

How fitting that members of the Society should exhibit musical instruments in the trade show section of the IUFRO forestry gathering in equal standing with forest researchers, government agencies, software developers, environmental monitors, and wood processing manufacturers.

Whether it is a fiddle or cello used by bluegrass or orchestra masters; conga drums used to create  Afro-Carribean beats; flutes from the Peruvian Andes or Tibet; Aboriginal didgeridoos; or any number of other musical instruments, they are all made from the wood of trees. At the Wood Culture Society table, a collection of wooden drums, rattles, and flutes were shown and demonstrated to all interested. A master Chinese calligrapher was there and produced flyers using traditional woodblock paper printing tools and methods passed down through generations.

Wood Culture Society and Chinese Woodblock Print and Tree Seed Rattle (credit: SWP Media)

We often overlook the fact that one of the most universal of human pursuits is our ability to create and love music. A platter of recordings from all over the world was put on two golden disks that recently exited the solar system attached to the Voyager space probes. Many of the recordings use wooden instruments to make their remarkable noise. Perhaps someday an alien culture will pick up on one of the tunes and rock out to the sounds.

The music made by the instruments demonstrated at the IUFRO convention was a fitting closure to the world forestry congress held this year in Utah. Too bad more folks didn't know it even existed.


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