Time to DWELL on our success and that of Arbel's 23.2 House Check out the photo-based feature "A Fresh Angle" in the May issue of Dwell Magazine. View a second photo feature in Inhabitat Magazine. Both are lovely online spreads of handsome home.
"Timber salvager finds a 'gold mine' in old Boeing plant" Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 5/26/11
"A Fresh Angle" on Omer Arbel's 23.2 House DWELL Magazine, May 2011.
"Omer Arbels stunning 23.2 house unfolds from salvaged beams" Inhabitat Magazine, 1/18/11
"CASE STUDY Forest Getaway: A classroom building brings an artistic touch to stringent efficiency standards." Green Source Mag., January 2011
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-Huber Family, Season 7 premiere on ABC, 9/27/09
"'Makeover' Goes Lean, Green"
Duluth News Tribune, Aug. 2009
"Reclaimed Wood is Beautiful & Green" Fine Homebuilding, July 2008
"From the Ground Up" 2008 Mpls. Star-Tribune blog
"Old Wood Finds New Homes" Yakima TV news story, Aug. 2008
Published in our May 2011 eNews
Boeing Plant 2 built-out at a whopping 1.7 million sq. ft. and produced nearly 7,000 B-17 Flying Fortresses that were used in every combat zone. Plant 2 was the first modern assembly line, with 'Rosie the riveters' working three shifts, producing as many as 362 planes in a month.
Cloaked in secrecy, the plant was hidden under a Hollywood designer's faux city, made of chickenwire and burlap. Scaled down slightly from life-size, employees strolled its streets. See the historic photos of this war-time effort.
Duluth Timber will salvage about 250,000 bd. ft. of timbers, much of it shipping direct from the site. Read our full article on Boeing deconstruction project and wood (pdf).
Our Interviews, Articles & Photo Essays with Architects, Designers & Visionaries
Winter Olympics in Vancouver - awesome set design for NBC (Jan 2010)
Joey Kenig - timber framer (Nov 2009)Will Steger - explorer & visionary (July/Aug 2009)
David Salmela - FAIA (May 2009)
Cheryl Fosdick - designer (March 2009)
The Company We Keep, by John Abrams (Chelsea Green Publishing). A leader of one of the more significant timber frame companies offers a way to look at the value of growth, as well as the need for community. History, philosophy, and how to run a business that intends to last 30, 60, 100 years.
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, by Elizabeth Royte. A lot of the material DTC salvages used to get land-filled, so books with the word 'garbage' in the title catch our eye. Follow as the author sets out to find out where, exactly, her family's trash goes once it 'goes away' on the trucks that rumble down the streets of America's cities.
Growing a Business, by Paul Hawken. The Co-founder of Smith & Hawken offers a very cool and well-written look at his views of life and business. Groovy Zen biz thing without the la-la. The man can write and has something to say.
Let My People Go Surfing, by Yvon Chouinard. The founder of Patagonia writes about his off-beat, down and dirty entry into entrepreneurial ventures. Like Paul Hawken (and Max, too) more vagabond renegade on entry into the world of commerce, forging his own path (and chrome-moly climbing pitons).
A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander—the bible of good, humanistic design; for some, not an easy read. For others, mesmerizing and worth the work/play/imagining of it.
Perspectives on Design: Design Philosophies Expressed by Minnesota's Leading Professionals, (Panache, Fall 2009) One of our local residential design customers, Cheryl Fosdick of CF Design, Ltd, opens this book with a discussion and beautiful project photos. In her own words she talks about the details of design (often reclaimed wood) that make homes extraordinary yet modest.
Salmela: Architect, by Thomas Fisher. Serious Scandinavian/contemporary design by Minnesota’s renowned residential architect and our most prolific regional architect-customer. We just love this guy and his brain and vision and use of our wood. (Plus, we can see his house from where we work.)
Song for the Blue Ocean, by Carl Safina. Find out what’s happening to the lungs of the planet. You’ll never eat Blue-fin tuna again.
A Splintered History of Wood, by Spike Carlsen (Harper Collins, 2008). This book features Duluth Timber Company among the glories of all things wood: from wood used as shelter to the making of a Stradivarius. Carlsen takes the reader on a walk through the Duluth mill and timber yard. Gunpowder and Bill Gates figure into this telling of the Duluth Timber story. Carlsen's other publications include Fine Homebuilding and Old House Journal.
Unbuilding, ed. by Bob Falk and Brad Guy. Ground-breaking. Shattering. Stunning AND Gripping. This year’s must-read book. The title says it all. The most exciting book to come out of the Forest Products Laboratory in the last 25 years. Shocking new best-seller from the Forest Products Laboratory. You won’t believe p. 149.
The Wild Trees, by Richard Preston. Award-winning science author takes you along on a search for the tallest trees in the world. A chance to look at the old-growth forest from the top down, while hanging from a nylon rope. The real people profiled here are definitely not the usual suspects for a science book. Necessarily a quick read, given how much (or little) old growth forest remains.
High Country News (a bi-weekly newspaper “for people who care about the West”). A great touchstone for economic and environmental news about all states West of the Rockies. Smart writing and clean design. A pleasure. www.hcn.org