I then attended the International Wood Culture Symposium on Taxodiaceae in Changsha with over 100 attendees. We had a pre-conference tour to Yueyang City, which included the Yueyang tower with wooden roof in the shape of a general’s helmet. Four huge nanmu pillars support the entire building, twelve round log columns support the second floor, and another twelve catalpa pillars support the roof. Constructed of wood with interlocking brackets that require no nails, the main building is as very steady. I also presented a talk “Taxodiaceae Species and the Impact on Wood Culture in the United States,” which stressed the US western redwood, giant sequoia, and bald cypress species and their impact on US state and Federal government lands through state parks, National Parks, and National Forests. More information can be found on the website: http://www.wood.info/customPage/100002/activity/30/index.html.
The post conference tours took as to the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 2009 movie “Avatar” was filmed here. The pillar-like quartz-sandstone formations, thousands of feet in the air, make this area a place for spectacular views and many tourists.
IWCS – Vice President
IUFRO 5.10.01 Wood Culture Working Party Chair