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  • Using Local Wood

    Using local wood in an area like the Colorado Rockies is a bit of a challenge. For starters, your choices are very limited: Lodge pole and Ponderosa Pine, Spruce and Aspen. There are of course other trees, but in very limited quantities (for example, there are scrub oaks, but they take about 100 years to get 6” in diameter). Currently, the mountain pine bark beetle has supplied the area with a seemingly limitless supply of dead pine trees for my work. As chance would have it, the wood is naturally stained a beautiful bluish green color much desired regionally and...

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  • About bats and the Sacred Resource bat house

    Early Spring is the optimal time to purchase and install a bat house. Ideally, you want to install a bat house before bats begin brooding their young. That is mid to late June in the Rocky Mountains, but April and May in most of the country. While bats may live year round in warm climates, many species migrate to northern climates in the spring in order to raise their young. If your bat house is installed before they arrive, they will likely find it. If you install after they arrive, they most likely will not relocate to your bat house...

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  • Why a wooden worm composter?

    Six years ago, a friend asked if I would like her worm composter. She had purchased it and decided not to use it. It was of course a plastic model. Soon after receiving, I began noticing discarded plastic worm composters everywhere! I soon discovered their problem: They smell if not used properly. The collection tray with spigot is a fine idea, but the clogged spigot and stagnate “tea” in reality is pretty nasty. Since plastic holds moisture in and keeps air out… the problem is exacerbated. I knew I could do better! Six years ago I invented a better way...

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  • Link to my Etsy store

    Although I list many of my best sellers on my website, I have an ever changing variety of items on my Etsy store. The address is: www.sacredresource.etsy.com . There you will find one of a kind items such as bark edged bowls, custom furniture items, and many kitchen items not listed here. Not familiar with Etsy? Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade items. Etsy is an amazing platform for craftsmen and buyers. I have been a seller on Etsy since 2010.

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  • Sacred Resource is in Circle 7 Artist Gallery!

    Sacred Resource is in Circle 7 Artist Gallery! Starting December 1, 2015, the Circle 7 Artist Gallery will be carrying a select number of furniture items. I am making these pieces specifically for the gallery. My focus will be on benches that patrons can sit on while they are in the gallery. Until now, the gallery had no seating for use or purchase. If you are in Steamboat Springs, CO drop by the Circle 7 Artist Gallery. Come and look at the amazing art hanging on the wall…and have a seat!

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  • Zero Waste!

    Sacred Resource is a “zero waste” company. My goal is to generate as little landfill waste as possible. Recycling, reusing, repurposing and composting have been a part of my life for many years. It only makes sense to bring this ethic to my business as well. It also makes sense since my products promote sustainability and eco-minded functionality. Central to my business is reusing and repurposing. Boxes and packing material received from my purchases are reused when appropriate. Those not appropriate are recycled. Sawdust and planer shavings are collected and sold (or given away) as worm bedding, compost carbon source,...

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  • Sacred Resource Worm Composter is in the news!

    The Sacred Resource worm composter is featured in the Rodale’s Organic Life magazine 2015 Buyer’s Guide. On newsstands now, the November/December annual Buyer’s Guide features the latest and greatest items available to live a more “Organic Life”. Featured as item #9, we are thrilled to have been selected by the editors of this amazing magazine! Check it out and see what other ideas they have.

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  • Why the name Sacred Resource?

    In 2008 I began Sacred Resource. This was an attempt to find new revenue due to lagging sales in my custom closet business. My initial focus was on building meditation furniture and church furniture. Then I began making all kinds of furniture and housewares from reclaimed wood. Most of my items are made from locally harvested wood from the millions of dead pine trees killed by the mountain pine bark beetle. Many locals find it useful for only firewood, but I find the blue stain in the wood absolutely beautiful and love to work with it...a sacred resource.

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  • Why Compost?

    Recently, I read an article by someone promoting hydroponic grow towers (growing vegetables in chemical nutrient water). One of her arguments was the claim that our soils are depleted and therefore the future of agriculture was in systems like hydroponics. Statements like these really annoy me. It’s like saying, “The polar ice caps are beginning to melt, let’s start building a sea wall.” If indeed our soils are depleted, then that is a call to invigorate our soils, not grow food in chemicals! Instead of always looking forward to slick scientific solutions, maybe we as a society should look back...

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  • A Village Woodworker in the Global Economy

    In the old days, every small town had a baker, a butcher, a blacksmith and a woodworker. The village woodworker was a “cradle to grave” craftsman, meaning he made your baby’s cradle, made your casket and everything in between. He could fix a broken chair, make a dining table, make the doors for your house and just about anything else you might need in your daily life. Things are quite different today. Gone are the corner butcher shops in most towns. There are local bakeries in some towns, but they often only wholesale to smaller groceries. I don’t remember the...

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