A wood art workshop held under the “Tables of Love-Cedar Legend II” activity by the Hualien Forest District Office took place from February 6 to 10, 2017, and alongside a tree-planting event organized by Tung Hwa University, a final presentation for the workshop was held. A total of 14 families from Xiulin and Wanrong were on hand to share their thoughts on the experience. A short documentary was also shown that bore witness to this workshop of love and fascination which turned Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) wood from thinning into desks. The workshop not just brought the participating children and their family members closer, but also realized the office’s goal of spreading its ideals in indigenous communities including sustainable forest management.
This workshop was organized by the Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture. The wood used came from improvement thinning of manmade Japanese cedar forests in Lintianshan, Wanrong Township in Hualien County. A master wood artist was invited to supervise the practices, and one workshop session was held in the northern and southern areas. The participating children came from Sanzhan, Jingmei, Jiamin and Xiulin elementary schools in Xiulin Township, as well as Wanrong and Mingli elementary schools in Wanrong Township. Taking advantage of the last week of the winter vacation, the children and their family members took part enthusiastically. The 14 families worked together amidst a happy atmosphere to create unique desks for each child. This not only helped to foster parent-child relationships, but also allowed the participants to take home fond memories of creating and painting together. Through lively interpretation and actual wood use, the Hualien Forest District Office allowed the families to understand the life course of the Japanese cedar manmade forest and good forest management practices. What’s more, the office took the chance to advocate love for nature and sustainable wood use, while effectively using local resources to give communities distinctive features.