I used to assume that it was impossible to make furniture without having some detrimental effect on the planet. I had assumed that the planet must be better off having all timber left in the form of trees rather than made into products of any sort, but it turns out that isn’t necessarily the case.
So should I only buy wood from the UK? Well, it would be nice it that were an option, but most of the timber merchants just laugh at you when you ask them for British-grown timber. If you are lucky, they will just suck their teeth and explain how difficult it is.
Even when we have a disaster like Ash die-back, it seems to make the situation harder because Ash trees need to be left standing in case they prove to have some resistance. It is permissible to use the timber, but the availability does seem to be reduced.
I will always try to purchase locally grown wood first, but if I refuse all European and American wood then I would not be making very much.