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One Simple Action, One Profound Impact

By the Forest Stewardship Council The FSC has created a strong co-brand marketing video and new consumer facing web-page. Sustainable Northwest played a key role in the One Simple Action video. This work is a critical first step toward proactively growing … Continue reading

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Beech Tree Featured in WSU Story: Advising helps woodworker grow business, financial acumen

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC OLYMPIA, Wash. – Custom cabinetry shop Beech Tree Woodworks grew out of owner Nic James’ passion for wood and appreciation of quality craftsmanship. Then it grew out of its location in a 2,200-square-foot shop … Continue reading

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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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What is FSC Certification?

By Neva Knott Beech Tree Woodworks is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This certification guarantees that—from forest to kitchen cabinet—the wood the business uses is grown and harvested sustainably. In a sustainably managed forest, trees ready for harvest are … Continue reading

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Ravenworks Joinery Now Part of the Beech Tree Family

Beech Tree Woodworks has recently joined forces with Ravenworks Joinery, a like-minded, Seattle-based green cabinetry and woodworking company. As a lifelong conservationist, Bob Margulis knew his venture into woodworking would be focused on both green practices and materials. According to Margulis, “the EPA says 90% of American lives takes place indoors, and the air quality outdoors is three-to-ten times better than the air quality indoors.” Therefore, the choices made during construction, whether by the client or the contractor, will have an effect on their health for years to come. Continue reading

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Craftsmanship and Tradition

(Note: This is the third-part in a series about The Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods that Beech Tree owner Nic James and employee, Jason Roberts, attended.)
For James, the greatest benefit of attending the school was the interactive and collaborative nature of the program, along with the close-friendships formed. Subconsciously, James has recreated the interactive atmosphere of the College of the Redwoods’ woodworking program at Beech Tree Woodworks.

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At a Crossroads: Part II of The Art of Woodworking

“I distinctly remember sitting at my desk with two applications–one for College of the Redwoods and one for the Peace Corps, and I thought whichever one accepts me, I’ll do.” When James returned to Olympia, Wash. after school he found green cabinetry as a niche market. He never looked back from there and did not do any more remodels, framing or decks. Continue reading

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The Art of Woodworking

Note: This is the first in a series of three posts about the highly-rated woodworking program Beech Tree Woodworks owner, Nic James, attended.
True craftsmanship is at the heart an art form. Time, dedication, and the knowledge of one’s medium blend into a unique artistry no matter the craft. For dedicated woodworkers seeking that time and the knowledge to devote to their craft, The Fine Woodworking Program of the College of the Redwoods is in a rare class. 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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