Update on Wood for 5th Anniversary

Posted on August 04, 2015 by Sarah Davidson Comments (0)

The huge response to last year’s blog ‘Wood for Your 5th Anniversary’ prompted some follow-up research into recent statistics on marriage and divorce rates in Australia and these show some interesting trends.  Before you groan at the prospect of another glum report on the state of things, the news is actually good – The number of divorces has been steadily decreasing each year since 2002, while marriage remains the most popular partnership model for adult Australians. Of course these days things are not simple and relationships are more nuanced – couples who want to be married but can’t be, couples who don’t believe in the institution of marriage at all and many other permutations – but for the sake of simplicity and not muddying the waters we can say that Australians are still marrying by the thousands and most will celebrate a 5th anniversary. And what do I hear you ask is the traditional gift for a 5th wedding anniversary? Why it’s wood of course; something simple and honest for the 5 year mark that says ‘so far so good’.

Since our last 5th Anniversary Blog

We have been busy adding new products to our range of Australian, hand-made woodcraft with many more beautiful items that would make the perfect anniversary gift.

Ancient Redgum Inlaid Letter OpenerTamar Large Blackwood Jewellery Box With TrayClassic Spurtle in Blackwood & Celery-top PineDovetail Desk Top Box in Australian Rosewood and Huon Pine

Gifts for Him

Finely crafted and eco-friendly there are lots of good ‘him’choices.

Tamar Blackwood Watch and Cufflink BoxMt Blanc-Style Ballpoint PenGecko ChessboardTimber USB Flash Drive 16gb

Gifts for Her

Hit the right note; sentimental, practical or a bit of both.

Dovetail 2 Layer Jewellery Box with She-Oak LidBanksia Scent Pot and Fragrant OilCurly Trinket BoxMushroom Earring Holder

Gifts for the Couple

A touch of wood for the home is a great gift for the 5 year couple.

Multi-Purpose Myrtle Serving PlatterGiant Orb Blackwood Pepper MillJarrah and Ash Round Wall ClockWine Bottle Coaster, Huon Pine or Tasmanian Myrtle

But Wait, There’s More!

Our range of products for the home, kitchen, office, corporate or souvenir gift-buying  is large and growing all the time with new products added regularly as we source ideas and designs from woodworkers all over Australia. Take a minute to peruse our online store and for those of you celebrating a 5th wedding anniversary, all the best from Australian Woodwork.


Wood For Your 5th Wedding Anniversary

Posted on May 17, 2014 by Sarah Davidson Comments (0)

There are several theories as to where the custom of giving a wooden gift for a 5th wedding anniversary originated, delightfully full of old folklore and ancient rites. One theory traces it back to Roman times when a piece of Oak was given on the 5th anniversary to symbolise the strength, stability and longevity required for a successful marriage. There is an old Welsh tradition of giving a wooden spoon, associated with romance and ‘spooning,’ and in English speaking countries a piece of wood was cut on the day of the 5th anniversary and presented to the wife as a finished article ‘before the next two quarter days had passed’ – quarter days being the equinoxes and solstices.

Originally, only a few noteworthy milestone years were celebrated, in most countries these being the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 50th, unlike today’s commercial insistence on celebrating each and every passing year of a marriage with the subsequent forgotten anniversary (Oh No!) becoming a rich vein for stand up comedians and rom coms to mine.

The tradition of a wooden gift for a 5th anniversary bears some examination and musing – is the 5 year mark a sort of natural interval in terms of human lifespan and marriage span? The honeymoon and its afterglow are definitely over, the character faults and inconsistencies that, let’s face it, we all have, are no longer hidden. It seems about right, 5 years, for a simple, honest  ‘so far, so good’ celebration and wood is just that, simple and honest. However, if things subsequently go horribly wrong  you can always chuck that wooden memento or burn it and take comfort in toasted marshmallows and a cup of hot cocoa.

Australian Woodwork, with its large and varied product range is the obvious first stop when wooden gift buying is upon you. Some great gift ideas are wooden photo frames, jewellery boxes, wooden spoons, desk items, clocks  and keyrings  to name a few. And if you want something special that you don’t see on our website, give us a call and we may be able to suggest something from the gallery.

Happy Anniversary to all of those celebrating one and best wishes from Australian Woodwork.

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