We posted about this once already – but this tour is so worth another visit!
Brian Schulz wanted to see “how small of a house I could make feel big”. Inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures, Schulz created a home using materials salvaged or sourced from within 10 miles of his home.
via Zen forest house: 11K, handcrafted, small home in Oregon – YouTube.
Urban Lumber owner Seth San Filippo cuts a large salvaged tree into slabs. Photo by Todd Cooper.
“As a woodworker looking for quality wood, it’s always hard to find good material,” says San Filippo, who opened Urban Lumber Company in 2006. “I started to see this resource in the urban trees we have around here. And I think it just makes sense. It’s really cool to give these trees a second life, even something that might outlive their first life.”
Bigleaf Maple coffee table at Inn at the 5th. Photo by Trask Bedortha.
via Salvage the Trees | eugeneweekly.com.
If salvage companies get their way, an underwater forest of 50,000-year-old trees only recently discovered could be destroyed to make high-end coffee tables.
The primeval underwater forest, long buried under the sediments at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, was probably uncovered by Hurricane Katrina and discovered by scuba divers. After it made headlines around the world, several salvage companies have contacted one of those divers to get the forest’s location, which has not been publicly shared.
The companies’ aim? Pull up the trees for the valuable wood.
“You have to think of the cachet of something made from a 50,000-year-old wood,” said Ben Raines, the diver who first reported on the site and the executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, a waterways conservation organization. “It’s like having a fossil on your shelf.”
Don not miss the rest of this article via Discoverers of underwater forest hope to protect site from salvagers – NBC News.com.