Musings: In The Wood Shop

One weekend in August I escaped the heat of the city to bask in the quiet, pine-scented forests of the Rawahs. We cooked and relaxed, and most importantly, we harvested trees for making new tree round art.

It is sad to see the devastation the pine beetle has caused in the forests in northern Colorado, but there is new growth everywhere - amazing wild flowers and new pine trees that are already 4 feet tall in places.

The landowners know they have to keep the dead trees cut to minimize fire hazards, so harvesting dead wood is a regular activity. We mounted our ATV's, grabbed the chain saw, and took off in search of dead wood with beautiful pine beetle stains.

And we found plenty! I now have all new stock to play with in preparation for my show in December. Oh so much to do.

This article is from the September 2015 newsletter. Subscribe to newsletters to have articles like this delivered to your email.