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A Room With a View: Shore Pine Revisit

A Room With a View: Shore Pine Revisit

May 20, 2018

To continue looking back at past work and how they look today…here’s a pine project from 2 years ago that started with a design puzzle: This was the quirky Shore Pine when it got to the yard in 2016. To see the full post on the restyling of it and the design puzzle we offered: shore-pine-design-puzzle […]

Revisit: Twin Trunk Hemlock on a Nylon Board—

Revisit: Twin Trunk Hemlock on a Nylon Board—

May 1, 2018

The last post about a Hemlock suggested that I might as well start a series on revisits from past work to see if they’ve gotten worse with time, stayed the same, or improved. Today we revisit one of the weirder things we’ve done here, putting a tree on a plastic cutting board… At the finish […]

History of a Mountain Hemlock-

History of a Mountain Hemlock-

April 25, 2018

Years ago a student brought this Mountain Hemlock into a Seasonal session. We styled it in the fall of 2012, and it later made an appearance at the Artisans Cup and is now spending the year at the Portland Japanese Garden display. Please check it out if you drop through Portland, Oregon this year- Here’s […]


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