SMALL WOODEN OBJECTS USING EUCALYPT SAWMILL WOOD WASTE

Renato da Silva Vieira, José Tarcísio Lima, José Reinaldo Moreira da Silva, Paulo Ricardo Gherardi Hein, Henri Baillères, Edy Eime Pereira Baraúna

Abstract


Forest industries look for multiple utilizations for their timber production. In Brazil, the genus Eucalyptus has a great potential for solid wood products; however, only a small amount of Eucalyptus is used as sawn timber. About 50% of the log volume ends up as waste during mechanical processing, resulting in serious economic and environmental problems. In most cases, such residue is discarded at random or used as fuel, and in this context the sustainable management of processing industrial waste is an urgent necessity. Parallel to this, Eucalyptus has not been employed for small wooden object (SWO) production. Hence, the aim of this work was to evaluate the performance of small wooden objects produced with Eucalyptus urophylla, E. camaldulensis, and E. grandis waste from sawmilling. Brazilian craftsmen manufactured SWOs with Eucalyptus, and these crafted objects were presented at exhibits and trade fairs for assessment. The proposed small wooden objects made with Eucalyptus residues exhibited satisfactory performance and achieved excellent acceptance by the visitors. This work gave evidence that the use of sawmill waste as raw material for small wooden object manufacture has potential to generate income for economically underprivileged communities near to a plantation.

Keywords


Small wooden objects; Eucalyptus; Wood; Handicraft; Sustainability; Economy; Sawmilling waste

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