Community Forest Members In Bumthang, Bhutan Undergo Training In Furniture Making

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For some of the trainees who are still in their early 20s, the training enables them to be equipped with new job skills.

Tourists trekking through Bumthang's forests. (Source: Bhutan Travel Bureau)

  

By Kipchu BBS

A month long furniture-making training course is underway in Bumthang. Twenty men, all members of the local community forest from eight districts, are currently attending the program.

The training which began last week in Chummig is an initiative of the Department of Forest and Park Services (DFPS).

It is aimed at diversifying the production of wood-based products to improve the livelihoods of community forest members.

 

Bumthang, Bhutan.

Photo: Swan Tour

 

They have been taught hand tool maintenance, basic wood joints and tool operations so far.

What some of the trainees said

Norbu Wangdi of Dechencholing Community Forest in Kanglung, Trashigang is one of the trainees.

“Selling tree logs is less profitable. A log fetches about Nu 5000. Through this training, we learned that if we make furniture out of it, the earnings would be two or three folds more,” he said.

“A lot of trees have been knocked down by wind and other natural factors. We can use such trees that can’t be used for house construction to make furniture,” he added.

Druk Diwan.

Photo: Bhutan Board

 

Sherub of Druk Thuenpa Puenzhi Community Forest in Dawakha, Paro shared the same views.

“We can make more money by making furniture from the trees than by selling timber. This is something new that we learned from the training which can be put to practice back in our communities,” he said.

Training equip young people with more skills

For some of the trainees who are still in their early 20s, the training enables them to be equipped with new job skills.

Yeshey Wangchuk of Kuzhugchen Community Forest in Kabesa, Thimphu is one of the young participants.

 

Photo: BBS

 

“A lot of young people today complain of the lack of job opportunities. I think this is not right,” he said.

“There are jobs that we can take up. It’s just that not many are open to it.”

The participants have already made a few wooden household items. At the end of the training, they are expected to be able to make furniture such as tables and shelves.

The training will conclude at the end of January 2019.

 

This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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