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About Nic James

After graduating from college Nic began to foster his interest in working with wood by leading trail building crews during the summer months. Turnpikes, culverts, retaining walls, bridges and other structures were constructed with hand tools and elbow grease in … Continue reading

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Matt Dubois joins the BTW collective

By Neva Knott Matt Dubois is the newest member of the Beech Tree Woodworks team. He’s originally from New Hampshire, and made his way to Olympia via Fort Bragg, California. While in  Ft. Bragg, Matt attended College of the Redwoods … Continue reading

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Bryan Torian – Craftsman and Cyclist

By Neva Knott Craftsmanship is one of the philosophies of Bryan Torian’s life, and is the characteristic of wood-working that draws him to the profession. Bryan grew up in a woodshop in Manzanita, Oregon, watching his dad make wooden signs … Continue reading

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From Art to Fine Woodworking: Beech Tree’s Ben Roosa

“I like the whole mentality of working at a shop that focuses on sustainability. I like that they focus on it through use of green power and materials from responsibly managed forests, and also I think the high quality of the product also lends to sustainability.”
In addition to his job at Beech Tree Woodworks, Ben also works part-time as a Forest Stewardship Council auditor for Rainforest Alliance and co-owns an FSC-certified longboard skate company. Continue reading

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BT Woodworker Jason Roberts Chooses A Detailed Life Instead of a Desk Life

“I just don’t enjoy sitting at a desk. I have a passion for wood, that’s how I got drawn into woodworking in the first place. It’s great because there are so many different types of wood that have very different properties.”
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Persistence Pays Off: How Jeff Kloppel Found Beech Tree

Beech Tree Woodworker Jeff Kloppel can thank both his wife and his persistence for landing a job at Beech Tree five years ago. According to him, the location, the shop, and the people he works with are all of the highest quality. In addition to woodworking, Jeff is also an avid sailor and enjoys being on the water as much as possible. He once built a skin on frame canoe as a final project for a boat-building course. Continue reading

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