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Working with Wood

“Every time I drive past Queen Mary High School in North Vancouver, my mind goes back to my first woodworking class. They called it Manual Training at the time and this vintage red brick building is where I first tasted the thrill of working with wood. I remember the unique aroma and feel of the various woods we worked with, and how proud my pals and I were to arrive home with the first crude examples of our handiwork. The smell of cedar in particular brings back a flood of fond memories. In the immortal words of John Denver ... “it fills up my senses like a walk in the forest.” If I do recall, my very first woodworking project was a set of book ends, which sat proudly in the front room of our home on Pemberton Avenue. In this page we will introduce you to a number of sources where you can get to know more about the properties and uses of wood in construction, or as a hobby.” Jerry W. Bird, Editor

"Wood Works” Media Campaign:

Why Wood? Wood is a natural, abundant and renewable resource. As a construction material wood is a good choice for the environment. Concrete or steel requires tremendous amounts of energy to produce. Fossil fuels such as gas, oil or coal are likely to be consumed in the manufacturing process, leading to greater emissions of greenhouse gasses. If you consider the total energy needed for resource extraction, manufacture, construction, service and post-use disposal you will see that concrete takes nearly twice as much energy to produce, while steel production demands more than two and a half times as much energy as wood. Sheet metal manufacture uses twenty five times more water and releases three to six times more carbon dioxide than wood. In fact, trees act as a 'carbon sink' absorbing the excess carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming. Younger trees are most efficient at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen; therefore regular tree harvesting is beneficial to our global airshed.

Wood is by far the most environmentally friendly construction material. Not only is it a renewable resource, it is a recyclable one. This is vital if we are to preserve our resources and minimize our global environmental impact.

Buildings constructed of wood benefit from wood's superior insulating properties. They are more efficient than concrete or steel, which translates into long-term energy savings and a reduced load on our environment.

The Wood Promotion Network (WPN) i
A coalition of wood companies that have joined together to educate builders, do it yourselfers and homeowners throughout North America on the benefits of wood building materials and the abundance of today's North American forests. The WPN has more than 120 members and allied industry associations, with more joining everyday. Members include suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, transport companies, specifiers and equipment manufacturers.

Books about wood

Wood. Plans and Projects
Available through WOOD Magazine

Be Constructive Program

Be Constructive is an education program supported by the Wood Promotion Network (WPN), a first-ever North American coalition of wood product companies and allied industry associations.

The Be Constructive program educates building professionals, homeowners, and do-it-yourselfers about the benefits of wood and its superiority as a building material. The program spotlights wood's role in home construction, home improvement and remodeling and the hundreds of projects that help make lives better each day.

Why "Be Constructive"?

Be Constructive is about taking a positive initiative. It's a mantra we live with everyday. Work hard to create something with your own two hands. Turn your house into a home. Be Constructive is also the mantra of the wood and wood products industry. In more than 90% of North American homes, wood frames the rooms that bring us together, shelter us, and keep us safe and warm.

Wood is also the centerpiece of building and craftsmanship. It creates homes for millions of families each year. It's used in little projects that make our lives better and more beautiful each day.

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BC Wood
BC Wood's training program is one of the largest of its kind in North America. BC Wood is an association dedicated to growing British Columbia's value-added wood-products manufacturing industry. Established in 1989 as a partnership between industry and government and sponsored by Forest Renewal BC, BC Wood provides marketing and training programs to over 500 registered value-added manufacturers.

Products manufactured by BC Wood members are among the finest in the world. Each product represents a combination of premium fibre, skilled craftsmanship, advanced technology and a dedication to excellence. BC Wood member companies produce hundreds of different products in the following sectors:

Millwork Products

Remanufactured Products

Engineered Building Components


Furniture and Fixtures

Factory Built - Pre-Cut Structures

To become a member of BC Wood, you must meet minimum criteria. Associate Membership is also available. Please contact our office at (604) 556-3373 or or contact your Regional Development Representative (RDR) for more information.

Photos by Jerry W. Bird and Tourism BC