Wood storage lined with lumber
Our meeting point was a wood storage site named ”the broad leaf tree forest”. It is a furniture making company, but they wanted us to see the lumber first. Inside the storage, they kept huge strips of wood in sizes that we have never seen stored as material wood. Kota Kudo told us something quite shocking as he showed us around.
One tree grows for 100 years and becomes the value of a mountain
”People who owns a mountain will cut down the trees once every few years in order to produce pulp. However, it’s actually better to leave 10 to 20 good broadleaf trees, rather than to harvest all the trees. The trees that remain for 100 years time which is 3 generations, will grow big and it will be worth one mountain in value. It is important to keep those good trees.”
Then we came to a huge tree outside that is over 6 m long. We were specially allowed to to see the process of making this tree into wood material. They process the wood watching for the ”core” that every tree has, and how it is placed in the tree.
The destiny of the tree
Iwaizumi Junboku Kagu does everything themselves from collecting trees to processing the wood and then making the furniture. At the processing factory, Kudo said ”Ask the tree and learn” but the it’s the same in the furniture factory.
- Iwaizumi Junboku Kagu Yugen Kaisha
- Katahata 7 Iwaizumi, Iwaizumi-cho, Shimohei-gun, Iwate Prefecture
- URL http://www.junbokukagu.co.jp/