|Forum topic by JCantin||posted 03-08-2011 08:59 PM||5224 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-08-2011 08:59 PM
I’ve been intrigued by the projects posted by RockyBlue and others using “beetle killed” Colorado pine. If you don’t know, millions of acres of pine in Colorado and other western states have been killed by a pine beetle blight. A fungus carried by the beetle stains the wood with a blue streak. The State of Colorado is allowing harvest of these trees to try to salvage a unique resource before the forest turns it into mulch. It makes for a very unique looking material and is being incorporated into furniture, cabinets and other building projects by Colorado woodworkers and carpenters.
I have asked around but have not seen or heard of this wood being available in New England yet. If it could be brought in at an affordable price it would help support the market for it and provide local woodworkers with something new and different. The eco/salvage angle would also appeal to many craftsmen and buyers.
I’m trying to find out some of this information before approaching a local dealer to try to get them interested.