Editorial

TO CATCH A MACKEREL

My search for a metaphor to adequately represent the passing of this magazine ended on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka where I recently watched lean fishermen perched precariously on slender wooden poles that wafted gracefully above an incoming tidal surge.

 

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

This is one of my last editorials for timber+DESIGN – not because I’ve been fired (although that’s a moot point), but because we will soon be closing the magazine.

 

A POINT OF PRINCIPLE

Why we follow the Sarawak story

Since we began highlighting allegations of massive forest destruction and associated ‘mafia-style corruption’ in the Sarawak logging industry, reader response has been unprecedented.

‘HIGH ALERT’ IN BORNEO

There is joy in a world of horrors

With a huge environmental, political and legal battle raging over fresh allegations of massive destruction of Sarawak rainforest logging companies, timber+DESIGN editor Tony Neilson shares a more positive personal experience of the Borneo jungle.

THE DESIGNER AND THE WADER

Sex alone will not save either species

The survival prospects of in-house furniture designers and my favourite creatures from nature – migrating shorebirds – are precariously balanced.

LOOKS LIKE AN ASS

Australia’s illegal logging law unleashed

At the end of November, Australia becomes the first southern hemisphere country where wood fibre importers must declare they have not introduced illegally logged wood. If they break the law, there are fines and the real prospect of jail.

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER

The information gap widens

I’m beginning to think there is some kind of dark force out there using unfulfilled curiosity to send people like me around the twist.

EU NON-COMPLIANCE

Concerns about slow uptake of timber laws

The scale of the compliance challenge facing Australian wood products importers when the country’s imminent illegal logging legislation kicks in could be greater than anticipated.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE

The ‘axing’ and a photographer’s lament

Mahatma Gandhi believed in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

IT’S ALL IN THE JEANS

Making a building product sexy

It is hard to beat an eco friendly product that comes with a good story.

A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

It may well have something to do with his former job as a mountaineering instructor, but there is no doubt that Canadian architect and multi-storey timber construction advocate Michael Green has a head for heights.

THE QUEST FOR SPEED

If you have arrived at this page via the mid-August edition of our twice-monthly e-newsletter, you will hopefully have noticed some changes along the way.

A RELIC OF HISTORY

Will forest research survive?

EDITORIAL: It is a cruel irony that within days of news in July that the last of Australia’s CSIRO forestry scientists would be sacked, the same organisation stumped up funding to preserve a national wood collection.

THE PERFECT PITCH

Maybe the best ever pro-wood campaign

Few outside Australia would have heard of the non-aligned environmental agency Planet Ark. But on home turf it has veritas, and ironically, has become a real thorn in the side of fundamentalist greens.

ILLEGAL LOGGING HAYMAKER

EDITORIAL: Aussie due diligence threatens innocent

The suck-and-see nature of Australia’s new anti-illegal logging legislation is giving wood importers the jitters and creating uncertainties in international markets.