Since 1996 lodge pole pine trees in Colorado have been suffering from an infestation of Japanese pine beetles. Every year the beetles lay eggs in the infected trees, which ultimately kills the tree. In a effort to prevent the spread of the beetles to healthy trees, infected trees are cut down each spring. This project utilizes a downed beetle kill pine tree as the raw material for a bench.
The wood was suprisingly wet considering how long it had been laying on the ground. For the next season the bench will be stored inside the house to allow the wood to dry. After the wood has dried the top of the bench will be sanded smooth so that the wood grain is clearly visible. The sides of the bench will be left raw. As a final step polyurethane will be applied to the entire bench to preserve and protect the look of the bench. Close inspection of the wood grain shows the tell tale dis-coloration caused by the beetle infestation.
I would like to give special thanks to my brother who operated the chain saw and did all of the hard work on this project.