Events to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Real Wood Studios is now 10 years old and to mark the occasion we’re hosting two public events that will look at aspects of forestry and wood culture in Scotland and Japan, demonstrating how good practice across industries and communities is helping to build a sustainable future.

In association with Borders Forest Trust, Greener Melrose, Reforesting Scotland and Gifu Academy of Forest Science & Culture, Japan.

Forestry, Wood Culture & Land Use Futures in Scotland & Japan

Thursday, 15th August  –  7pm 9.30pm MAC Arts, Bridge St, Galashiels TD1 1SP

An evening of discussion with presentations highlighting innovative forestry and wood culture activities in education, the environment and business.

We invite you to an evening of discussion with presentations on some of the innovative work taking place at Real Wood Studios and across Scotland. To broaden the discussion and to celebrate Real Wood’s long association with Japan, we have invited Japanese master craftsman and teacher, Masashi Kutsuwa, to join us.  Masashi teaches at Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture.  Situated in central Japan, Gifu Prefecture has abundant natural forest resources and a long history of woodworking, wooden architecture and forestry traditions.  The Gifu Academy is a higher education institution established to provide practical, multidisciplinary education in the fields of forestry and wood utilisation, environmental education, wooden architecture and woodwork.   Masashi will speak about his own work as well as the work of the Academy. 

OPEN DAY: Demo’s, Tours and Japanese Workshops at Real Wood Studios & Borders Forest Trust

Saturday, 17th August – 10am – 5pm Real Wood Studios & Borders Forest Trust, Monteviot Nurseries, Ancrum, TD8 6TU

Special open day discounts on timber, including selected character boards and burrs – up to 30% off!

Demonstrations and tours of the activities and skills of Real Wood Studios’ makers and sawmiller are scheduled and we are delighted to welcome Japanese master makers Madoka and Mashasi Kutsuwa who will be giving demonstration workshops of traditional Japanese woodworking and finishing techniques – Urushi (Japanese Lacquer) and Wagatabon (traditional tray carving).  Places on the Japanese demo workshops are free but limited, so please contact Lise Bratton ( to find out more and to book a place.

New works to view in our Showroom.

Local food and refreshments will be available.

We look forward to welcoming you!