Many of the people who work with wood – from carpenters and builders to joiners, cabinetmakers, boat builders, musical instrument makers, hobby woodworkers and those in the forestry and timber processing industries – share a love of its natural beauty and ageless appeal.
On this page you’ll find an introduction to some of these areas - If you would like to see a site listed here, please contact us, including the URL and the reasons why you think it should be included.
Careers in the wood industry
From forestry to carpentry, there are a wide range of careers working with wood. A substantial contributor to the Australian economy, the industry directly and indirectly employs hundreds of thousands of people.
If you are interested in working in the wood industry, the following links may be useful places to start:
Information and links about working in the forest and wood products industry.
The Australian Forest Products Association was formed by the merger of Australian Plantations, Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P) and the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
An Australian Government site with links to many forestry related sites.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has links to many sites.
An accredited group training employer in NSW providing services for employers and employees.
Design information and issues:
A national wood and wood products industry website, this is designed to provide information to architects, engineers and other building and design professionals.
Over 3000 pages of information and downloads include:
- Case Studies
Information relating to the design, construction and use of timber products in building.
Technical Design Guides and other downloadable resources
Information ranging from span tables to building codes and stanbdards
The Timber Development Association’s large site with a wide range of information.
Making wooden items
The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia (FIAA)
The Furnishing Industry of Australia (FIAA), is an industry association representing the interests of both residential and commercial members of the furnishing industry. FIAA members include many workers in wood, such as joiners and cabinet makers, wood turners and woodworkers.
More information: www.fiaa.com.au
A national representative organisation for people working or training in the carpentry trade.
Get connected at: www.carpentryaustralia.com.au
The Wooden Boat Association
The Wooden Boat Association comprises groups from throughout Australia, open to all owners, builders, restorers and lovers of boats made of wood, including old, new, carvel, clinker, ply and composite construction.
Set your course for more information at www.woodenboat.org.au
A national association of professional and amateur musical instrument makers whose members build and repair a wide variety of traditional, folk and modern instruments.
Tune in to: www.aamim.org.au