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Wu started working with recycled wood because she hoped it would save her money. Much of the salvaged lumber sold in Taipei is cypress (檜木), which was a common building material until harvesting was restricted in the late 1980s. Valued for its durability and fragrance, cypress recovered from demolished structures is just as expensive, if not more so, than new lumber.

Wu’s signature creations are stools shaped like cookies and painstakingly carved by hand. Proceeds from the sale of the stools, which won first prize in last year’s Taiwan Crafts Design Competition (台灣工藝設計競賽), enabled Wu to leave her job in a furniture store earlier this year and focus on woodworking full-time.

The report was compiled by the organization’s Task Force on Forest Climate Change Offsets and Use of Forest Biomass for Energy, which also coordinated more than 25 external reviews of the report.

More than 90 percent of the bedroom and dining room furniture groups surveyed at market were an identifiable species of solid wood or veneer over solids. That is a slight improvement over the previous year.

The same was true in home office with traditional styles up from 64% in 2010 to 80 percent in 2011. Contemporary styles increased its share of the entertainment center pieces on display, rising from 36% in 2010 to 38% in 2011.

Wu spends about a month on each stool, carving the cookie-shaped seat’s 46 scallops by hand with a set of carpenter rasps. She has sold 16 of the stools so far, which cost about NT$15,000 to NT$18,000 each.

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