Not a live tree falls
for our burnishments.
Rustic Furniture from the log - Glass Top Tables - Tree Table Sculpture P.O. Box 143, Wilson, Kansas, 67490, US
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Conservation, Kansas Cured, & Reclaiming of waste woods. The Bur Oak of Kansas.
Dr. Charles Barden
Kansas State University
"Rustic Oak furnishing designs of Mike Just, are unique, due to the exclusive use of salvaged wood from Burr Oak (Quercus macroarpa). Burr Oak, the most drought-resistant member of the white oak family, grows to a large size over a century or more in the fertile creek bottoms, on farms in central Kansas. However, due to the harsh Great Plains climate, the trees produce a low, wide spreading crown, with thick branches and a short massive trunk. The timber industry can use the lower, straight, trunk, but cannot effectively process the large branch wood or upper crooked, knotty, trunk sections. Thus, standard logging practice is to harvest the butt log for milling into furniture, flooring, and veneer, while the upper half of the tree is simply left to decay, or sometimes salvaged for firewood.
It is in the left over tops of the Burr Oak trees that Mike Just has uncovered the great beauty of the knots, swirling growth rings, and burls. With the development of the Kansas Cured process to reduce the warping and cracking which occurs when the "waste wood" is subject to standard milling and kiln-drying, the tree tops can now be turned into georgeous, functional furnishings. The purchaser of Rustic Oak products get a unique, handcrafted piece due to the proprietary curing process and the unusual wood being used. The loggers still make a living, but now need to cut less trees due to the complete utilization of the tree tops."
Dr. Charles Barden,
Kansas State University,
For purchasing information, contact Mike Just, directly (below).
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