The Relationship in Sweden between Forestry and Woodcraft Education
Evan Dunstone - 2023
Swedish forestry is a big employer and an important
source of export revenue for the nation. It is focused firmly on the
construction industry, with up to 90% of Swedish forests consisting of either
spruce or pine. Forestry and the associated industries constitute as much as
20% of Sweden’s total economy.
Woodwork in Sweden is a highly respected craft with a
long tradition. Sweden has three premier centres of woodcraft training:
Stenebyskolan, Malmstens and Capellagården. All three schools are state owned
and offer world-class facilities and tuition. In addition to these three
schools is HDK Valand in Gothenburg.
The Swedish furniture and wood craft industry does not
rely on Swedish timbers. Despite efforts to link forestry with furniture
production, the primary species of spruce and pine are not good furniture
The fact that there’s not a mature high-end Australian
furniture industry exporting to the world market is due to a lack of training,
vision, and investment, not due to a paucity of access to unique timber.