Tree-mendous! Carpenter launches initiative to replace felled trees with new ones
A Wrocław-based carpenter wants to plant a tree for every cubic meter of wood he uses and has invited other woodworkers to join him.
Piotr Krawczyk, who loves both virgin forests and working with natural materials decided to find a way to combine his passions.
The owner of “Czadowe Meble” (Awesome Furniture), Krawczyk announced his initiative on Facebook, admitting that he is not ignorant of where the timber he uses comes from and what effect on the environment cutting down trees has.
He decided to give back to nature as best as he could, by promising to plant trees in return for the wood he uses.
Now that several other carpenters have agreed to join him all he needs is for the city authorities to designate space for the new forest.
Krawczyk told TFN: “I had this idea of planting a carpenters’ park. All the Wrocław carpenters who decide to join the project will also be able to convert the used raw material into seedlings.
“Once the city will choose an area for us, once a year in October we will plant everything we used for furniture back.”
Krawczyk, who is originally from Warsaw, has always loved a nature and animals and spent years looking for his calling, including studying architecture and working as a horse behaviourist, which he still continues. Three and a half years ago he opened his own carpentry business in Wrocław.
He said: “When I sat down and thought about what I would like to do in my life, I found that I missed the smell of freshly cut wood.
“I thought to myself that I would build a company that would focus mainly on pet services and pet owners. So I wanted to build tree houses for cats, elegant dog beds and equipment for stables and equestrian centres."
In addition, he builds custom made furniture for his clients, including kitchens, wardrobes and desks.
As part of his business he launched his new initiative “Beech for beech, oak for oak”, though he dislikes being called and ecologist. He explained: “I don’t like the word ecology, people stick everything to it.
“I just want normality. I want nature to be a part of our lives, as it should be and not to be surrounded only by synthetic materials.”
“I would like to make it possible for us to live healthier, in the sense of a house made of wood, with real wooden furniture that my grandchildren will still use, and not throw it away every five years because it just doesn't last,” he said
This, he believes, can be achieved with proper forestry and water management, though he admits it’s not easy. “People perceive forests as trees, sheathing and mulch.
“Actually, the forest is a living organism which doesn’t generate any waste. If a tree falls down it isn’t wasted, but is fully used by the rest of the forest’s population. If it wasn't for decay, the forest would die.
“People in their arrogance think that they know so much that they can regulate it. They can’t. Any human intervention in such an organism only causes destruction and degradation.”
His hope is that the newly planted carpenters’ forest will be left to its devices. Krawczyk laughs, that although he loves nature and animals, his motivation is purely egoistical – he simply wants to have forests nearby, where he can take his dog Shelby for long walks.
He added: “I could live in a forest. I don’t want the fact that I utilise natural materials result in my grandchildren seeing wood only as timber in furniture and not being able to look at trees.”