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June 30, 2012

Cole turns dead trees into rustic furniture

He finds his material in local woodlots

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Over the past several years, Cole has crafted many types of home furnishings which include tables, chairs, benches and buffets. Their flowing lines and glistening surfaces are pleasing to the eye.

Making rustic furniture the old-fashioned way is a throwback in time. Although electrical outlets line the walls and modern equipment cover the floor, Cole does not use manmade fasteners like nails, screws or staples. Instead, everything is joined together by mortise-and-tenon, dove tails or dowels, which he also makes himself.

No two are alike and every piece is unique. The nice thing about his unique style of furniture is it can be used in either modern or rustic homes. Crafting this type of home décor is as much art as craftsmanship. Because of his skill, Cole was recently inducted to the Indiana Artisans Association.

Some of his pieces look more contemporary than old school. He also creates furniture with its original bark adorning the sides and ends.

“This is called live edging,” he explained, while rubbing his hand over the rough edge of a table he recently finished.

For Cole, it’s a discovery of the pleasures of working with a natural material that literally shaped the world, the feeling of mastering a craft almost as old as time itself. He appreciates seeing tangible progress shaped with his own two hands, resulting in a useful item of beauty.

If you are interested in seeing his work or maybe even picking something up for your own home, you can contact the young craftsman at coleandsonsinc@gmail.com.

Spring Turkey Hunting

This spring’s unseasonably warm weather and earlier than normal growth of underbrush made turkey hunting a sketchy proposition for many hunters. In spite of this, preliminary results put this year’s season surprisingly as the fourth highest on record with hunters collecting 12,594 birds. Only 2010, 2009 and 2006 recorded higher harvest totals.

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