Timber: New life for a beetle-killed tree
When a tree dies from bark beetle attack, it's not the end of the story. The trees carry a distinctive blue stain in their wood, which some woodworkers and carpenters find beautiful. Beetle-killed wood can be used to make all kinds of useful products including posts and poles, lumber for construction, floors and siding, and furniture. Follow a tree from harvest to its new life as a table in a local cafe.
The Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests offer about 8,400 log truck loads of timber each year for multiple uses.
Beetle-killed trees that are harvested go to seven mills, two pellet factories, two post and pole factories, and numerous smaller operations.
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Sawdust Ranch Woodworks, Grant McWilliams
Blue-stain tables in Sweet Melissa Cafe, Laramie, Wyoming
“It was good,” Les Enfants