Meet the Maker:
The Azure Furniture Co.
Who: Corbin Clay
Handcrafted in: Denver, Colorado
WHEN CORBIN CLAY started The Azure Furniture Co. he simply asked, “Why cut down live trees when there are so many standing dead?” And so began his mission: Provide a creative solution to millions of acres of dead trees in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
For 4 years, Corbin and his team have been producing timeless furniture & accessories from solid beetle kill pine reclaimed from these forests. Guided by impeccable craftsmanship, quality materials, and timeless design, every product is carefully handcrafted in Denver, Colorado.
IT ALL BEGAN IN 2009. After moving from Ohio to Colorado, Corbin quickly became familiarized with the forestry epidemic in the state. In recent years, it has spread across millions of acres in western North America, and it is deadly. It attacks some of the most majestic natural resources that people in the Rocky Mountains rely upon: Pine trees.
The culprits are tiny but devastating insects called mountain pine beetles. They work en masse to infest ponderosa and lodgepole pines, and carry a fungus with them as they burrow in the bark to reproduce. This fungus spreads and stains the sapwood a striking blue-gray color, cuts off the pines’ life-sustaining nutrients, and eventually kills the trees.
Resulting are vast enclaves of gray, needleless pines that litter the forested Rocky Mountain landscape. These dry trees are potential wildfire hazards in an already fire-prone region. And there’s little being done.
ENTER THE AZURE FURNITURE CO.
Corbin and his team collaborate with local sawmills, the Colorado State University forestry department, and the U.S. Forest Service to efficiently transform otherwise unused beetle kill trees into elegant, high-quality furniture and wood accessories. The blue-gray color of the pine gives dramatic natural character to Azure Furniture Co. products without diminishing the strength or integrity of the wood.
We are proud to work with the Azure Furniture Co. to have helped pioneer this beautiful method of recycling beetle kill pine in the Colorado area & beyond. From the original beetle pine product - the wood calendar - to the wood block + prints, we are grateful to offer products whose materials matter.
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