The 2021 Wood Awards shortlist now announced

The Wood Awards shortlist now announced. Nineteen structures and eleven products have been shortlisted. We have built a new 2021 website which is linked to from the main site.

Hexagonal Pavilion in the Institut Suédois

Hexagonal Pavilion in the Institut Suédois
Paris Design Week – September 2021 – The Hexagonal Pavilion. A joint initiative between Swedish Wood and Swedish architects. It was conceived by Swedish architectural practice, In Praise of Shadows, in partnership with construction company, Ramboll. Made from pine, and in a hexagonal form, this space symbolises the coming together of a Swedish raw material with French savoir-faire.

Fundamentals of timber – Trees and the nature of wood

Learn with TRADA Live: Fundamentals of timber provides a comprehensive overview of the many aspects of timber and is intended as an introductory resource for newcomers to the material and those looking to construct a strong foundational layer of knowledge upon which to build with the support of a trusted authority like TRADA.

Swedish Wood Announced As BIID Platinum Partner

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) provide a Platinum Partner programme for Industry Partners wishing to work closely with the Institute and Swedish Wood have become their latest member.

Volume Of Timber Imports In First Quarter The Highest Since 2007

The volume of timber and panel products imported in Q1 2021 was at its highest in more than a decade, since Q1 2007, the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) statistics have shown.

Cutting Down Trees Can Help Save The Climate

Sweden’s forest industry has prepared a defence against critics who say trees should be left in the forest to bind carbon and help fight climate change.

The Forest and The Climate

Growing forest absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This happens through photosynthesis, which converts solar energy, carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates that are the building blocks of wood. Oxygen is released as part of the process.

Bristol approves Swedish flat-pack housing

CGI of BoKlok housing
The budget Swedish housing development on Airport Road Bristol will provide 173 family homes, which will be available for market sale as well as support social housing schemes by Bristol City Council and local housing associations.

Commercial Grading of Timber

New Book

Commercial Grading of Timber.

Swedish Wood and Svenskt Trätekniskt Forum have together with the Association of Finnish Sawmillmen and Treindustriens Tekniske Forening in Norway worked out a new system of rules regarding grading of sawn timber named Commercial Grading of Timber.

The new Commercial Grading of Timber has been produced through a careful examination of the figures used in previous grading rules, and revision of these figures based on production- and market-related requirements. An additional basis for the new grading system was a series of test gradings that compared the different sets of rules.

Education & Member requests

Copies are available at a special discounted price to members of Swedish Wood – for your discounted copies, please contact Tony Traynor (

Copies are available free of charge to schools, colleges and universities – to arrange your free copies, please contact Tony Traynor (

NEW for 2021 – the Timber Cladding Handbook

The Timber Cladding Handbook
NEW for January 2021. 

Produced in partnership with the Timber Trade Federation this go-to 48-page resource provides clear, relevant and up to date information for specifiers, buyers and installers of timber cladding. Includes guidance on: design and installation, material choice and UK building regulation compliance.
This publication is available as a free download.