July 2014 Meeting – Field Trip

On Saturday, July 12th at 10:00 am, we will meet in the small town of Edison to see Smith and Vallee Woodworks. This will take the place of our normal Tuesday evening meeting. Wes Smith and Andrew Vallee started their successful business in 1997 after studying furniture making under Alan Rosen, a Bellingham woodworker and member of Artwood. In 2002 Andrew Vallee and Wesley Smith presented The Tree Project at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham. The exhibition focused on the transformation of a single big leaf maple that was taken from a sustainably managed forest. For three years Smith & Vallee studied, documented, and crafted this tree into 55 pieces of furniture including a 65 foot long sculpture that replicates the original shape of the tree. During this meeting, which will also include Bring and Brag, we’ll see their shop, which includes an old converted 1890’s barn, visit their gallery, and get a chance to purchase really nice figured wood in their cut-off tent. Following the tour, members are invited to stay in Edison for lunch in one of the local establishments. For more info on Smith & Vallee, check out their website at: