Three things you need to know about green woodworking

How to be savvy about your eco-friendly choices

By Adrian Jones

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Green woodworking is very eco-friendly. Wood, of course, is a renewable resource. But most woodworking requires dry lumber, much of which dries in an energy-thirsty kiln. Plus, power tools and machinery consume electricity, using up many non-renewable resources. Green woodworking is natural, turning the fresh log into finished furniture mainly with hand tools. It provides the woodworker with a level of peace and spirituality that is difficult to obtain with a 5-hp planer and dust collector blaring away in the ears.

Getting started

While green woodworking instructional programs aren’t common, you’ll still find courses offered by both individuals and more formal schools. The most common areas are in green woodturning and chairmaking.

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