Woodland Stewardship Institute
Wood Source Identification
Where the Brand is Hot, because the Wood is Cool!!!
The Only True
Wood Supply of Integrity
In Co-ordination With the;
WSI - World Wide Wood - Registry
Wood that is hot, is no longer cool!!! Not only that, but poached wood is getting harder to come by. Especially exotic imports. When we established the Woodland Stewardship Institute LLC, in 1996, (the WSI-LLC partnership was disbanded a few yrs. later) the certified wood programs were being consolidated and controlled by the conglomerates. They were begun by grass roots initiators like myself. We participated in the Woodnet 98 event in 1998. I gave a presentation there on our ideas for basic principles of sustainability. I was basically told by the newly formed FSC (forest stewardship council) that there was no room for any independent wood brand systems! This resonates with the same vibs as the certified organic food labels that started several years ago. Now they are all under the jurisdiction of the government National Organic Program! In other words it would be illegal for you to grow a true organic crop and sell it as such!
Guess what? We own the only true standard in wood identification and qualification!
Listen to how simple it is. This is the world wide, Wood System of Inventory, of the people, by the people, for the people! The first rule is, we will never qualify any huge company or conglomerate. We Support Independence! This is the first rule of sustainability. This is the first pre-requisite to getting back to the land. This is why people are starving, and this is why we are sick. Everyone thinks they want to be an aristocrat, so they give up the land and go to the city.
It's your wood, and it's tracked from your doorstep! It would be impossible to steal this system away from the people! Like Amazon.com selling books, the World Wide Wood registry is the ultimate networking and marketing tool for small independent wood workers and suppliers.
All you need is a wireless connection to the world wide web. Here is the link for the World Wide Wood registration form. http://wonderfulwood.blogspot.com/2007/12/world-wide-wood-registration-form.html. Also, here is the link to the simple common sense, basic criteria for WSI - What Sustainable Is. http://wonderfulwood.blogspot.com/2007/12/world-wide-wood-registry.html If you are a wood worker, small land owner, or wood collector, who is willing to learn basic safety and environmental principles, you will qualify!
If you produce much wood on a regular basis you will want a WSI - Hot Brand. At least you will need the aluminum metal label maker to make the permanent tags with your assigned numbers.
Each brand needs to have a changeable date feature. That will eliminate the possibility of pirating. All you have to do is look at our data base to get a fair idea of what was branded on that date, to be able to tell if there is a mess of wood that is not accounted for. On specialty pieces of wood, each peace can be assigned a number and of course the date. Obviously, if you are producing a lot of lumber from say, a horse logging operation, you will only tag piles.
A lot of wood suppliers now you will notice advertise the FSC logo, however I have never seen a piece of wood with any actual way to trace it's history. Can you imagine the credibility and notoriety this program will give quality craftsmen?
This also applies to salvaged wood. Imagine if you salvage wood from a thousand year old shipwreck. Then it was crafted into part of a world class violin. I knew a man who did this. His name was Dale Brock. He retired up on the Clearwater River here in Idaho. It must have been 25 yrs. ago that he died. He made violins andf he claimed that every part was over 1000 years old! The nut for the strings was made from Mastodon ivory that (he claimed) was millions of years old! He also claimed that at one time he was acclaimed to be one of the 10 best violin makers in the world.
I for one, will not support any form of plundered wood, or sponsor any form of exploitation. Trees are the answer, getting people back to the land is the solution. EVERYTHING depends on quality natural logging and farming!